How to Make Drawer Dividers

Here's a quick and easy way to get those messy drawers organized.


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You Will Need

  • A tape measure
  • Gift wrapping paper or contact paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • A straight edte
  • A craft knife
  • Sturdy cardboard


  1. Step 1

    Measure the drawer

    Measure the inside height, width, and depth of the inside of the drawer.

  2. Step 2

    Measure and cut paper

    Measure and cut the wrapping paper or contact paper to fit the inside bottom of the drawer. Adhere it with the double-sided tape.

  3. Step 3

    Cut a strip of cardboard

    Cut a strip of cardboard to the inside length and depth of your drawer with the craft knife.

  4. Step 4

    Cut slots

    Measure in one-third of the length of the strip from each side and cut ¼-inch wide notches through the bottom half of the strip.

  5. Step 5

    Cut vertical dividers

    Measure and cut two more cardboard strips equal to the inside width and depth of the drawer. Cut ¼-inch notches at their midpoints, from the top down.

  6. Wrap the three cardboard strips with more wrapping or contact paper, cutting out space at the notches.

  7. Step 6

    Fit dividers together

    Fit the notches in the shorter cardboard strips perpendicularly into the notches in the long strip and fit the divider into your drawer.

  8. Step 7

    Add dividers as needed

    Add or remove dividers as you need to, customizing the drawer for your needs.

  9. A study has shown that gift-wrapped items influence the recipient to have a more favorable attitude toward owning the gift.