I mentioned last week that I used cardboard to make my own drawer divider. Here’s what it looks like and how to make it!

First measure the **inside** height, width and depth of your drawer. I placed a towel under my drawer to protect the table from getting scratched by the drawer’s tracks.

You will need to cut all of your cardboard to no more than the height of the inside of your drawer. (I made mine 1″ less since I had pieces of cardboard that height already.)

You will need to cut half of your pieces to the width of your drawer and half to the depth of your drawer. You’ll end up with one more cubby per side than piece of cardboard you cut for each side.

For example, I cut two pieces each for the width and depth of my drawer, and I ended up with three spaces in each direction; 3 x 3 = 9 all together.

Mark off the size you want the cubbies to be. The marks need to be the same on the pieces that are the same size. For example, I marked my smaller pieces every 5 inches and my larger pieces every 6 inches.

If you want different sized cubbies you could mark odd sizes, but make sure that the marks are in the same place for all pieces that are the same size or you won’t end up with square cubbies!

Cut about half way through the height of your cardboard where your marks are.

Cut a little more from each side of your first cut so that you have a wider cutout that is about as thick as your cardboard.

Line up the pieces of cardboard so all the cuts are even and turn over half of your pieces. Put the pieces together so that you form an X with your first cut.

Continue with each cut mark until you have a grid.

Place the finished grid into your drawer and you’re all set! I left mine unfinished but if you want a more decorative look, you could cover it with leftover wrapping paper or fabric.

That’s my kind of drawer!

Thanks! Great tutorial. I will definitely do this.

Love this idea. My underwear drawer could definitely use a makeover. I think this might work for the girls’ hair things drawer as well.

Thank you for posting this!! I was surfing the net for someone that posted how to make these dividers and finally I found you Very helpful step-by-step directions and pictures!

Glad I could help!

I also wrapped it with girly wrapping paper for my daughters dresser drawers Its perfect!!

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Thanks for this tutorial. I m going to try it right now!!

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Do you have any idea how much money I wasted BUYING an organizer like this? I got one at the container store for $15. Then it didn’t fit right…so I was going to return it. Never did. What a waste!

Using cardboard like this is a great idea! Green, easy. And, a very nice tutorial.

I have a few Organizational Ideas over in our “31 Days to a More Organized Life!” series which you might enjoy

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I’m gonna be doing this for my utensil drawer……. in different shapes

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I just organized my drawers using this method and it worked perfectly . The only difference was that I used poster paper (looks nicer and a little thicker than plain cardboard; plus, it’s only $1). You saved me so much money!