Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Loretta always taught me that if you are going to do something, take the time to do it right. I am starting on a Christmas project that involves making 12 drawers and 12 tags (one tag to go in each drawer).

My first attempt at making the drawer was an abysmal failure.  I used the Sizzix Box, Candy Drawer die (#657726) and some chipboard I purchased from  I am not sure, but I think it must have been heavy weight chipboard.  Anyway, my box was too bulky and the drawer would not slide in and out easily. You can see my first attempt in the photo on the left.  I should have tested it first before I painted it since I can't use this version of the box.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again (Loretta would always say this as well).

I did not want to use heavy weight card stock to make the drawers because that would not be sturdy enough to hold up to the repetition of the drawers being pulled out and pushed back in. I rummaged through my stash and found some light weight chipboard my husband brings home from work.  This worked like a charm.  The drawer easily slides in and out.  Yeah! Success!

The photo on the left is of the first finished drawer/box.  The number one was cut from red glittered card stock purchased at Hobby Lobby using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Word Play die.  The paper covering the box is from the Recollections Bright & Jolly paper pad purchased at Michael's last year.  The knob is a small wooden spool purchased at Hobby Lobby and painted red.  I glued a Christmas themed brad onto the front of the knob to complete the "drawer pull."  The white scalloped trim at the bottom of the box is a Doodlebug Frills border sticker.The holly leaves were purchased at Hobby Lobby last year.

One box down, 11 to go!  I will post a photo of the project once it is complete.


  1. Your drawer is adorable - love the use of the small spool - too cute. Never thought of using them before - great idea. So, what are you creating? A chest or Christmas advent count down? You've got me curious.
    I didn't have any grandparents to learn from while growing up - but I've loved to create things from as far back as I can remember. Actually - I remember getting in trouble from repurposing my clothes to make some for my dolls & for claiming items out of the mending box.
    Looking forward to your progress.

    1. Thanks so much! I am making a modified advent calendar. The 12 drawers will be connected and each drawer will have a tag in it that has a saying on it. I will photograph the project when I am finished with it and then you will see what I mean.

      It sounds like you have been creative from a very young age and taught yourself how to do things. That is true creativity!

      Thanks for visiting my blog!