How to Make a Cardboard Sliding Case

A sliding case can help keep you organized. Sliding cases can store anything from jewelry to pencils. Instead of purchasing plastic or wooden sliding cases, you can save money by making your own case from cardboard. You can adjust the size of your case to the items you want to store in it. Making a cardboard case can be an entertaining craft for children. Once the case is made, they can further express their creativity by decorating it.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard sheets
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Heavy-duty tape
  • Scissors


  1. Cardboard Sliding Case Exterior

    • 1

      Place an 8-by-10-inch sheet of cardboard lengthwise on a table.

    • 2

      Fold the right side of the sheet over to the left side, but leave 1/2 inch of the left side sticking out. Fold the 1/2-inch flap inward and open the entire sheet back up.

    • 3

      Fold the cardboard sheet 1 inch to the right of the center fold. Open the sheet back up. Measure 1 inch from the 1/2-inch fold on the left side of the sheet, and make an inward fold at this point.

    • 4

      Assemble the outside of your case by following all the folds. Apply glue to the outside of the 1/2-inch fold and attach the right side of the sheet to it. Aim for a case exterior that measures 2 1/2 inches by 10 inches.

    Cardboard Sliding Case Interior

    • 5

      Place a sheet of cardboard that measures 3 3/4 by 11 1/2 inches lengthwise in front of you.

    • 6

      Fold the outer edges of the cardboard 3/4 inch inward.

    • 7

      Cut out the small squares in each of the corners, so you can bring the sides together.

    • 8

      Use heavy-duty tape on the inside corners of the tray to secure the edges.

    • 9

      Slide the tray into the exterior part of the case to complete your cardboard sliding case.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase thin cardboard sheets at your local hobby and craft store. Avoid thick cardboard sheets, because you want to be able to fold them. Look for sheets large enough to make the sliding case you desire. Use scissors to reduce the size of the sheets if needed.
  • Decorate the case anyway you desire. You can use everything from markers and stickers to wrapping paper.
  • Place a label on the case and mark it with the items you store in it.
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