Tool Box Tutorial

When I posted the Tool Box Gift Card Holder I made for a recent Blog Hop I was overwhelmed by all the lovely comments I received.

I had several requests to do a tutorial for the Tool Box and I’ve finally managed to finish this in-depth tutorial that I hope will help everyone to make the Tool Box, no matter how much crafting experience you have.  If you have any questions please let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


This tutorial is the property of Diane Copus-Read and is for Personal Use only.  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators may use this tutorial for classes provided you credit me on any documentation you provide.  This tutorial may not be shared on blogs, websites or via other electronic media without my permission or resold via any format.  Please include my name and a link to my website/blog post where necessary.

* I have dyscalculia and there are so many cutting and scoring measurements in this tutorial I would suggest making one with cheap cardstock first before using your best cardstock.*

At the bottom of this post there is a gallery of all the photo’s, click on an image to enlarge it.



The box I made was sized for a gift card and 4 treat size KitKats.  The finished dimensions of the box are 3-7/8″ x 2-5/8 x 1-1/4″.

Real Red Cardstock – 5-1/8″ x 6-3/8″.

Score at 1-1/4″ on all 4 sides.

  1. Fold and burnish all the score lines.
  2. Cut up the 4 score lines and mitre, as shown above.
  3. Use a strong adhesive on the tabs – Fast Fuse, Red Line Tape/Tear Tape or Tombow are great for 3D projects.



Real Red Cardstock – 5-5/8 x 3-1/8″.

Score the long side at 1-1/4″ & 5-1/8.  Score the short side at 1/4″ on both sides.

  • Fold and burnish all the score lines.
  • Remove the unwanted sections and round the corners on the top tab, as shown above.
  • Use a strong adhesive on the 1-1/4″ section and adhere inside the box base.



If you prefer you can skip this next step and put the gift card inside the box.  If you follow my blog you may have noticed I like to do things differently,instead of just attaching a ‘fake handle’ to the back of the box I wanted one that the recipient could pull up and reveal the gift card.  I added a pocket on the back of the box and a piece of acetate to attach the handle and the gift card.


  1. Cut a 3-7/8″ x 2-5/8 piece of Real Red cardstock.
  2. Cut a 2-1/8″ x 3-1/16″ piece of acetate/window sheet.
  3. Place the acetate at the top of one of the 2-5/8 edges of the cardstock and centre it on each side.  Add double sided tape to the sides and the bottom, leave a small gap between the tape and the gift card.
  4. To make sure there was enough room for the gift card to move up and down in the pocket I placed the acetate, the gift card and a scrap of cardstock on the back of the box and then adhered the pocket.


For the extending handle I used the Door Frame die in the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies and Basic Black cardstock.

Silver Foil

The strips of Silver foil for the extending handle are 3-1/2″ x 1/16″ .  I tried cutting the 1/16″ strips with a 1″ piece of silver foil first but I couldn’t cut any of them straight.  In my scraps I had a long piece of silver foil that I cut down to 3-1/2″ wide and added a 3-1/2″ x 1″ piece of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of it. I used the adhesive sheet because it made it easier to stack them and to adhere them to the acetate.  If you don’t have the adhesive sheets you could add strips of double sided tape.  It was definitely easier to cut the strips with a longer piece of silver foil.

You will need:-

  • 10 strips that are 1/6″ – 8 for the extending handle and 2 for the drawers.
  • 1 piece 1/8″ – for the bottom toolbox
  • 1 piece 3/16″ – for the handle at the top/front of the box.

When I made the extending handle and attached it to the acetate the adhesive was visible on the other side so I made another handle and added it to the back of the acetate, it hid the adhesive and it looked more pleasing to the eye.

To make the extending handles:

  1. Die-cut 4 of the Home Sweet Home door frames in Basic Black cardstock  Before die-cutting the cardstock I added a piece of the multipurpose adhesive sheets, I was going to stack some of them before adhering to the acetate and this made it easier to do.
  2.  Stack/Adhere 3 of the black handles.  The single handle is for the back of the acetate.
  3. I cut the black handles down to 3/4″ for my box but you may need to alter yours depending on how far down the pocket the acetate goes.
  4. Adhere the acetate towards the bottom of one of the handles.  I eyeballed mine but it is approx. 3/16″ from the bottom.  Remove the backing tape from the other handle and adhere, sandwiching the acetate between the handles.  This will make the handle sturdy enough for the recipient to pull the gift card out.
  5. Because of the thickness of the black handle on the front of the acetate  I adhered 3 of the 1/16″ strips of silver foil together.  You will need 2 of these.  Butt these up to the bottom of the stacked black handle.
  6. Attach the other two 1/16″ strips of silver foil to the back of the acetate and cut away the excess.
  7. To attach the gift card to the acetate I used glue dots. I doubled up the glue dots because of the thickness of the extending handle.



When I made this I cut the Real Red cardstock for the tool boxes and drawers and added 1/16″ strips of Basic Black cardstock.  It would be a lot quicker and easier if you add a piece of Basic Black cardstock to the front of the drop down panel first and then add the tool boxes and drawers.

Real Red Cardstock: 2-3/8″ x 3-1/4″

The toolboxes and drawers all measure 2-3/8″ wide.

  1. Place the long side (3-1/4″) at the top of your trimmer and cut two 3/8″ strips (for the drawers) and one 1-1/8″ (for the two toolboxes).
  2. Sponge around the edges of all 4 pieces with Real Red Ink.
  3. Add the 2 remaining 1/16″ strips of silver foil to the top of the drawers and trim.
  4. Add the 1/8″ strip of silver foil to the larger of the 2 toolboxes and trim.
  5. The clasps on the top tool box were made with the pegs die in the Santa Builder Framelits Dies.



The handle helps to keep the box closed but it is not sturdy enough to carry the weight of the box.  To make the handle:-

  1. Cut a 3-7/8″ x 3/16″ piece of Basic Black cardstock.
  2. Place it centrally on the front of the box and pinch gently on each side (like you do when making a belly band).
  3. On the actual tool box the silver strip wasn’t the full width of the box so  I cut the 3/16″ strip of silver foil down to 2-1/4″.
  4.  I used a 1/16″ handheld punch to punch a small hole near each end of the handle for the brads.
  5. Position the handle on the box and mark where you need to punch the holes in the box. Punch and add the handle with brads

On both sides of the box I added a 2-3/8″ x 1-1/4″ piece of Basic Black cardstock.  I cut away a piece at the top which was approx. 3/16″ x 3/4″.  Removing this piece stopped the handle from moving any further down.  I didn’t add the silver clasps to the sides of my box but you could use the pegs die to cut these if you prefer to have them.



I used Basic Black cardstock and the 1/2″ circle punch for the wheels.  These were adhered with Tombow multipurpose liquid glue.


I apologise for taking so long to bring you this tutorial, I have been looking after my husband and my daughter who have both been unwell.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful.  If you have any questions please let me know.  I would love your feedback on this tutorial, have I missed anything out? Is there anything that I need to change/update?  If you would like to order any of the products I used to make the tool box I have added links below.

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Have yourself some crafting fun.

Dee x


The products used to make todays project are listed below.

Product List



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*When designing a project or when I CASE a project I always use my cheap cardstock to make a prototype before making it with my Stampin’ Up! cardstock.   I do check the measurements I add to my blog posts but when typing lots of measurements mistakes can be made.  When making any project I recommend making it first with cheap cardstock before using your best cardstock.*

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