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DIY Mini Drawer Storage Unit - Usable Items from Duct Tape Crafting Demo

Updated on October 7, 2014

DIY mini drawer storage unit

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Have you ever eagerly awaited something to finally arrive at the door?

And then, a second later go, hey! What's up with that?

This was an interesting little project. Recently, I was blessed and won a $50.00 gift certificate to Amazon. Woo and big old hoo too!

Well, after scouring page after page looking for a storage system for tiny things like buttons and charms, I came across a Kaisercraft kit for this little set of mini drawers you see displayed.

There was a review for the product. It was sadly not good, but it wasn't very specific as to why the Kaisercraft product was seen with such disfavor. I was leery.

I tend to put some stock in a person taking the time to write a review at all. After more searching in vain, I concluded this product was the exact size I was looking for and the shape was good, too.

At less than $10.00, I figured I could take a chance. I could tell from the pictures it was not built to be long term serious storage, since the drawers are made of cardboard. But, cardboard is pretty strong stuff, especially when reinforced and sealed. What the heck. I clicked order and eagerly waited.

In a few days, there it was. Follow along to see it assembled and turned into this mock snakeskin and lace storage system you see in the photograph.


The kit itself before beginning the project

The kit, the coupon, no directions
The kit, the coupon, no directions | Source

The kit arrives. Yahoo!

The directions do not. Big boo!

Here it is, fresh out of the box and still in the wrapper. After tearing into it, that deceptively formal looking sheet of paper on top is not the directions I expected, but rather blank on the back. A coupon for 10% off my next purchase from the seller was included in the box. Okay. Cool. I like to save money. But, where are my directions?

Well! After checking the box twice more and reading the coupon twice looking for tiny fine print, anything I could have missed, I determine there just are not any directions for putting it together. Hm. Now, this is one of my major pet peeves, no directions. As a former special needs teacher, it makes my blood boil.

I'm starting to see why the review was not favorable. It is my understanding that this product is a kit for children, so I have to say big stinky minus on the no instructions.

Supervision during the construction process

Construction assistant Sammie Cat
Construction assistant Sammie Cat | Source

It's time to raid the coffee pot and prepare for construction, minus directions.

I'm not getting over this any time soon.

Maybe, I'm just in a funk. Am I really being fair to the product? Life does not come with directions. How many times have I given students similar projects as problem solving practice exercises? Well, okay, fine, I argue with myself. This is true.

Putting things together without instructions is a great way to work on problem solving skills. But, I'm not convinced that as a product for children to put together outside class, for fun, it should involve problem solving skills. Then again, I'm not sure it shouldn't considering kids need that practice and do not get enough of it in classrooms, in my opinion.

As you can see from the picture, I was not the only person to seriously inspect this product. Once I got into it, Sammie Cat felt obligated to help me. At roughly nine weeks of age, she gives it an enthusiastic two thumbs up for entertainment value.

How to put the mini drawers together

To see detailed, step by step instructions for assembling the mini drawer storage unit, just click through the photo gallery below.

The mini-chest of drawers Done with hot glue, tape, Scotch brand duct tape, doilies and Mod Podge

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We begin with the pieces. Here you see the two side panels. Two interior shelves get inserted into these.Here is one of the big things I don't like about the no directions in particular relation to this chest. Look closely at the inserts. One side notch on the end is larger than the other. This can be easily missed. Once you are sure all ends are lined up correctly with smaller and larger parts facing the same way on opposing sides, glue it together. I used a hot glue gun, but rubber cement or wood glue would work without the safety issues.Glue on the bottom and side pieces. Then do the backing and finally the top.The drawers are simple, scored cardboard cutouts. Fold them and then glue the ends together. If you find it hard to hold it together and glue at the same time, tape it and then glue. The kit comes with ten drawers, but only holds nine. To decorate the unit, I used Scotch brand tape in a snakeskin pattern. I also used paper doilies to create the lace affect. Here you see them on top of the drawers. I decided later I didn't like it and covered the top with snakeskin tape, too.To do the drawers, simply cover in tape. Above the tape line, I cut off the lacy parts of the doily and taped it down covering the top parts of the drawer fronts. When all were assembled, Mod Podge was applied.Cover the back.Insert the drawers and start sorting all these buttons. Obviously, you can do any colors or patterns you want, as well as store whatever. If you decide to do this project, just be sure all of your pieces line up right before gluing, and have fun!
We begin with the pieces. Here you see the two side panels. Two interior shelves get inserted into these.
We begin with the pieces. Here you see the two side panels. Two interior shelves get inserted into these. | Source
Here is one of the big things I don't like about the no directions in particular relation to this chest. Look closely at the inserts. One side notch on the end is larger than the other. This can be easily missed.
Here is one of the big things I don't like about the no directions in particular relation to this chest. Look closely at the inserts. One side notch on the end is larger than the other. This can be easily missed. | Source
Once you are sure all ends are lined up correctly with smaller and larger parts facing the same way on opposing sides, glue it together. I used a hot glue gun, but rubber cement or wood glue would work without the safety issues.
Once you are sure all ends are lined up correctly with smaller and larger parts facing the same way on opposing sides, glue it together. I used a hot glue gun, but rubber cement or wood glue would work without the safety issues. | Source
Glue on the bottom and side pieces. Then do the backing and finally the top.
Glue on the bottom and side pieces. Then do the backing and finally the top. | Source
The drawers are simple, scored cardboard cutouts. Fold them and then glue the ends together. If you find it hard to hold it together and glue at the same time, tape it and then glue. The kit comes with ten drawers, but only holds nine.
The drawers are simple, scored cardboard cutouts. Fold them and then glue the ends together. If you find it hard to hold it together and glue at the same time, tape it and then glue. The kit comes with ten drawers, but only holds nine. | Source
To decorate the unit, I used Scotch brand tape in a snakeskin pattern. I also used paper doilies to create the lace affect. Here you see them on top of the drawers. I decided later I didn't like it and covered the top with snakeskin tape, too.
To decorate the unit, I used Scotch brand tape in a snakeskin pattern. I also used paper doilies to create the lace affect. Here you see them on top of the drawers. I decided later I didn't like it and covered the top with snakeskin tape, too. | Source
To do the drawers, simply cover in tape. Above the tape line, I cut off the lacy parts of the doily and taped it down covering the top parts of the drawer fronts. When all were assembled, Mod Podge was applied.
To do the drawers, simply cover in tape. Above the tape line, I cut off the lacy parts of the doily and taped it down covering the top parts of the drawer fronts. When all were assembled, Mod Podge was applied. | Source
Cover the back.
Cover the back. | Source
Insert the drawers and start sorting all these buttons. Obviously, you can do any colors or patterns you want, as well as store whatever. If you decide to do this project, just be sure all of your pieces line up right before gluing, and have fun!
Insert the drawers and start sorting all these buttons. Obviously, you can do any colors or patterns you want, as well as store whatever. If you decide to do this project, just be sure all of your pieces line up right before gluing, and have fun! | Source
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The KaiserCraft Mini Drawers you see displayed in the photos.

Kits are great things for kids to do on rainy days, when home sick, for family fun or with friends. Making something is much more constructive and ten times more productive than the typical video game most kids spend way too much time on.

Check out a few and think of the possibilities. From crafting, children can learn through practical exploration such concepts as measurement, design, spacial logic and reasoning, scissor skills, patience, sharing, that hard work pays off, that sloppy work shows and more skills and concepts than I can list. Just as good as all of that, they don't know they are learning so there is no fussing :).

Possible cool themes:

Peace signs and tie die flowers

Crosses

Favorite band names and art off CD covers

Favorite trading card characters

Favorite cartoon characters

Places you want to go

Places you have been

Steampunk!

Whatever you think is cool.

Scotch 910-SNK-C Snake Skin Multi Purpose Duct Tape, 10-Yards by 1-7/8-Inch, 1 Roll
Scotch 910-SNK-C Snake Skin Multi Purpose Duct Tape, 10-Yards by 1-7/8-Inch, 1 Roll

This is the exact same tape used for this project. It's thinner than others but comes up easier too.

 

Scotch brand duck tape products

I love to use duck tape in crafting. This was the first time I tried the Scotch brand. There are some very distinct differences between Duck tape, duct tape and the Scotch brand.

Duck and duct tape are both thicker and much stickier. While that is a plus on their side, the Scotch brand, to me, had one major advantage over the other two. It's much more forgiving and easier to work with. It comes up really easy and does not tend to stick to itself as much as the other two.

That being said, I can't recommend one brand over the other. To me, it's all about the colors and patterns. I will say if you want the Scotch brand stuff to last long, glue down the edges and go over the whole thing with Mod Podge. Enjoy the color and design you like, without any disadvantages, by working around the limitations of the product through sealing.

Scotch Duct Tape, Paisley Princess and Hot Pink, 1.42-Inch by 5-Yard, 2-Roll
Scotch Duct Tape, Paisley Princess and Hot Pink, 1.42-Inch by 5-Yard, 2-Roll

I love these combo packages of coordinated prints and solids. If you don't already have a large bank of tapes to work with, this is a good way to build one knowing they will go well together.

 

Check out a few more really cool things you can make with Duck tape.

I love this stuff! Every day someone comes up with a cool idea of new things to do with tape. From backpacks to wallets, hair pieces to book covers, Duck tape affords an affordable way to get an easy medium in great colors and patterns that requires no specialized tools for most projects.

What's not to love?

Storage is always and issue for me.

Do you have enough storage.

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Awesome patterns in Duck Tape for your projects.

Go with the no muss, no fuss, instant type clean up medium this is when you can.

I still have some lining to do.

Mini-drawer storage chest assembled
Mini-drawer storage chest assembled

As you can see, I have yet to line the inside of the drawers. This could be done with paper, cardstock, fabric, scraps, whatever, or not at all.

Decoration options are limitless. I used tape partly because I had some on hand and partly because I knew it would go fast. Other options could be just about anything you can think of.

Tapes in super cool patterns:

Duck Brand 1-88 Baroque Damask Printed Duct Tape, 10 yards Length x 1-7/8" Width, White/Black
Duck Brand 1-88 Baroque Damask Printed Duct Tape, 10 yards Length x 1-7/8" Width, White/Black

I dearly love this pattern.

Black and white goes with everything and it's such a classic design.

 

This would be great for teenagers.

Chest of mini-drawers finished kit
Chest of mini-drawers finished kit

From storing earrings and charms to small barrettes, buttons, flash drives, bobbles and trinkets this is a super cheap, easy, fast way to get storage that can be made to match any d├ęcor. Whether doing it for yourself or to give as a gift, give it a go and build something cool that will be useful at the same time.

Other affordable options for decoration:

Fabric scraps

Bandana

Tape

Old Tee-shirt upcycling

Scrapbook paper

Rock salt colored with food coloring

The outside rim of a puzzle

Decoupage with pictures of friends and family, maybe a pet :).

How to make really cool duct tape rose accessories.

Great,easy to follow instructions resulting in really cute, wearable products.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you :) It was kind of fun once I got over the no directions.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      I really loved this mini drawer idea and you decorative finish, poetvix :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much. That's the nicest comment. LOL I wish I had a video of some of her antics too. I did a project recently using a doll prop. I look up and she's got it down and is dragging it off to the litter box. That would have been great on video. Ditto on the Duck tape! And post its! :) God bless.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Love the way you express yourself. Your personality makes every lens worth visiting. I like what you have done with those drawers. Was hoping to see a video of Sammie Cat putting everything together without the directions. That would go viral, for sure. Wish I had invented Duck tape.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @LadyDuck: Thanks. They are full already. I'm thinking about getting a few more and doing a stackable thing. God bless and thanks bunches for taking the time to read and leave such a kind comment.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Your mini drawers are so nice, very good idea for small storage.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @clevergirlname: Thank you! Storage is always an issue for me. Things constantly come and go around here, especially crafting supplies, so the storage issue just keeps popping up. One day I will conquer it. Obviously, not today :). God bless and most happiest of squidding.

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      Fun, creative and pretty! :)! I love creative tape and never have enough storage.