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The Great Outdoors Drawers – Calendar Project


Hello, I’d like to share with you how I made my calendar project, which is featured in the November pages of our fabulous Craftwork Cards Calendar.

The Great Outdoors kit was released at the end of November last year, but when I got the kit to play with and design my project, it was still top secret so it was very exciting. Craftwork Cards never disappoints when it comes to kits for men, although I would say this extends way beyond the gents, in fact this is perfect for my outward bound, adventure loving, explorer scout son, and would appeal to anyone with a passion for camping, the outdoors and a spirit of adventure!

I’m going to share with you how I made it, as I added a feature to each side of it as well as decorating it with the fabulous papers and stamps:

Instructions for making the Great Outdoors Drawers!


  • Set of cardboard craft drawers
  • Handles
  • Great Outdoors Paper and Embellishment collection, and Stamp set
  • Honey Doo Sticky Glue
  • Craftwork Cards Kraft Card crates
  • Craftwork Cards Kraft Card leaves
  • grey board or strong card
  • Distress inks
  • strong red tape
  • ribbon
  • twine
  • clear plastic CD case
  • spare kraft card for decorating


  1. I found some very tough cardboard drawers at a craft show and acquired some lovely small brass-style handles
  2. Cover the fronts of the drawers with paper and attach handles with brads.
  3. Make a top unit for the drawers by cutting, scoring and folding grey board, and attaching it firmly to the top of the unit.
  4. Begin covering the unit from the top down, paying careful attention to edges and corners. Use the border strips from the papers to cover any joins. Add stamps, paper embellishments and toppers to decorate.


Clockwise from front:


Make a pen pot from the crate die-cuts.

  1.  Trim 3mm off both long sides of a crate base.(This is to get a good curve when you wrap the crate sides around it)
  2.  Looking at the crate base length-ways, turn the bottom of the crate base into a 3D box by scoring, folding and sticking the bottom edge to itself.
  3.  Decorate three of the side panels and wrap them round the base panel, which is now your pen pot.
  4.  With strong glue or tape, stick the pen pot to the side of the drawers.
  5.  Use a leaf or another embellishment to discretely join up the base to the bottom panel of the pen pot to add strength.


Make a notice board

  1.  Cut a piece of grey board to just larger than an 8×8 sheet from the pad. I inked the edges of the grey board to change the colour. Stick the whole sheet of paper on.
  2.  Take six lengths of ribbon and criss cross the board, adhering firmly to the rear. Thread then through one another to create ‘traps’ for your notes/ papers to be stored in.
  3.  Decorate with a few leaves (making sure to stick them to the ribbon only) and stick firmly onto the back of the drawers.


Add a plastic pocket

  1.  Use a spare plastic wallet that might come with a free CD and strong double sided tape to stick it to the side panel.
  2.  To cover the adhesive and make it stand out, slide a piece of matching paper into it and stick it down at the top.
  3.  Decorate with an inky leaf or two.

Make a pen holder

Roll a thin strip of card or folded paper round a pen with a lid, and fix it to itself, then affix to the side of the drawers.

Make a compass

This was a bit of a fun prop I included just because I had a brainwave. However it would make a fabulous extra feature on a birthday card for someone who likes exploring!


  1.  Stamp, apply black powder, and heat emboss the compass onto heat resistant acetate.
  2.  Cut several circles out of black glossy card, and one with an aperture for the face, and stick together, building the compass up with sticky pads.
  3. I found a length of metallic silver pearls in my stash and made a little handle for my compass.

So there you go – my Great Outdoors Drawers! I’m so looking forward to future posts showing how the rest of the Design Team all made their calendar projects, as we all learn from each other and everyone’s work is so inspiring! So look out for them in the coming weeks as there’s lots more to come!

In the meantime, thanks for reading, and if you have any ideas for future project ideas you’d like to see from myself or any of the design team, leave a message in the comments as your feedback is always much appreciated!

Crafty hugs to all!



  1. Debbie Moran

    17th January 2017 - 11:29 am

    Very Creative Nicky! That’s an excellent use for that paper collection.

  2. Sue Smith

    17th January 2017 - 2:28 pm

    Such an awesome make Nicky! Love all the extra add-on storage down the sides. Just brilliant, and love the different papers you’ve for the draw fronts! xXx

  3. Heather

    17th January 2017 - 9:59 pm

    Nicky… Wow! This is super fabulous!! I haven’t got around to buying these papers yet but they def on my lists they’ll be great for so many projects! I love all the elements to this, so much to see. Just brilliant! xx

  4. Jennifer Kray

    18th January 2017 - 9:23 am

    Nicky- this is so inspirational! Your instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I love your great outdrawers! xx

  5. Maxcine Etherington

    24th January 2017 - 9:27 pm

    I have seen this for real in all its glory and it’s fab, it’s got so much detail on it. I love it. X

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