You can make this little tool box with just four sheets of card stock, a Mini Shipping Box, and a bit of Window Sheet. It takes just 3″ x 4″ of desk space, so it’s perfect for taking to stamping events and it holds just about every basic tool and adhesive you might need. And I can get them conveniently. I tried it out at my friend Jeanne’s Fall Fest last weekend and it worked great!

It holds:

You can fit a full roll of Tear & Tape into the back section or you can do what I did. I rolled some Tear & Tape into about a 4″ circle and kept wrapping for several circles. This can then fold flat, taking up almost no space, and gives plenty of this strong adhesive for most projects.  I did the same thing with some Mini Glue Dots.

Then I was able to put a mini trash bag, a few pieces of Whisper White and Very Vanilla card stock, a Silicone Craft Mat cut down to 4″ x 5″, and a cheap mouse pad, also cut down to 4″ x 5″ for a bit of padding for photopolymer stamps. In addition to the Stampin’ Up! products, I can fit in a pen, a pencil, tweezers, my “third hand” (alligator clip for holding ribbon), a Mono Sand and Rubber Eraser, some dental floss threaders for pulling ribbon through a small hole, and a 6″ ruler.

You’ll see in the video that I had some difficulty making that row for the tall tools (Snips, Bone Folder, and Take Your Pick). I apparently had miscalculated the measurements. I just make a couple more tool boxes and recalculated with an extra little bit to rape around the very back section. I also came up with an easier way to put the strengthening layer around the Tear & Tape section and the tall tools section.

Click here for the free directions for the Compact Desktop Tool Box, updated 2-16-20

Click the products you need to make the tool box. In addition to these three items, you will need 4 sheets of any color card stock for the dividers. The links will take you to my online store at Stampin’ Up!

Watch the video below for the Compact Desktop Tool Box

Here’s the link for the Tool Box To Go project if you prefer that one. I love that tool box and it carries everything I need in a sturdy case. But, as I said, sometimes there’s just not room on the table to spread out like this.

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