Magic 4-Drawer Box with WPC Cutting File and Manual Tutorial
Hello ladies! I’ve seen this style box many times on different websites and have come up with a WPC cutting file here for the box using my Pazzles Inspiration software as well as a thorough manual step-by-step tutorial below for those without a cutting machine. I depend on the lovely Wild Orchid Craft flowers when decorating most all of my projects and so participated in this month’s Wild Orchid Challenge “Challenge 69 – Anything Goes” using the beautiful roses, rosebuds, cherry blossoms and sweetheart blossoms. Inspiration for this special box came from here.
Bazzill Smoothie Almond Cream cardstock
Wild Orchid Crafts roses, rosebuds, cherry blossoms, sweetheart blossoms
Joy! Crafts Cutting and Embossing Frame 6002/0016
STEP 1: MAIN BOX
Cut a 12” x 6 ¼ ” piece of cardstock and then score at 3”, 6”, and 9” as shown below.
STEP 2: DRAWERS
Cut four squares of cardstock measuring 5.875” (5 7/8″) x 5.875” (5 7/8″). Score each of the squares at 1 ½ ” on all four sides.
Cut to the 1st score mark on two sides as shown below.
I like to taper and shorten the flaps a little before glueing – this is optional.
Glue each drawer together.
STEP 3: DRAWER PLACEMENT
Lay your main box scored piece down flat and then align and glue one drawer to the very top edge of the left panel. Align and glue another drawer to the very bottom edge of the right panel.
For the middle two drawers, you will want to use a glue that is temporarily repositionable. Position one drawer to the panel adjacent to the left top drawer just below the top drawer. Position the remaining drawer to the panel adjacent to the right bottom drawer just above the bottom drawer. See the photo below. Immediately close the panel after positioning to make sure the drawers are straight and positioned correctly so that the box will close. Reposition if necessary.
STEP 4: LID
The lid has 2 parts. Cut 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 7 1/8” x 3.5”. Score each piece at 1 1/2” on the long side and 1” on the shorter side.
Cut the long score line on the short side down to the 1 ½” score line. Then cut 1” in from the end along the 1 1/2″ score line to the 1” score line as shown. This little flap will be the connection between the two lid pieces. Tapering the flap is optional.
Now tuck the tab in and fold the long side of each piece in half:
Place a small mark at the center of the top of the two folded pieces of cardstock. The mark should be placed as shown below with the shorter scored section with the tab at the bottom.
Now you need to score from the center mark down to the end of the scored line on both sides as shown below:
Unfold the two pieces and position them as shown with a tab at each end.
Before glueing, you will want to use a decorative corner punch for each of the 4 corners. Line the corners up exactly as shown below and then use the punch on both sides
Now fold in the middle and use the corner punch for the other two corners:
After punching the corners, fold along the scored lines to form the lid.
Line up the corners exactly and glue them all together. Your tabs should be at opposite sides of the lid.
Apply glue to the flaps and tuck them inside to attach them to the insides of the lid.
Fold your box with drawers together. Your lid will fit over your box easily yet snugly.
To help hold the intersection in place better where the box comes together once closed, glue some ribbon about half way day the box on each side edge and then apply decorative paper over this. My project photos show this decorative yet functional side ribbon bow. Now the box and drawers are ready for decoration.
Here is a picture of the template demonstrating the cut lines (black) and score lines (blue).