Friday, January 18, 2013

Tim Holtz carousel storage tower tutorial and measurements

Took pictures while I made the box and will try and explain a bit how it is put together. If you fancy and make your own storage box so you might get some ideas here.
Sorry I can not explain other measurements than this if you want to make it an other size
. Experiment and have fun :-)

Here is how it started.
Cut 1 x3 inch strip s from chipboard and lue them down as showed in the picture

Cut 3 1/4x  for the shelfs and 18 x 3 1/4 for the sides

Cut out a bit of a circle with a die. Masking tape is great so they all be the same

Take some glue between the 1 inch strips

Back side of ink pad side 18 x 13 1/4

Used papper hinges for ensure the seams. Use much glue in the middle of the hinge. Then it will be strong

Top measurement 3 1/4 x 13 1/4

Now it chould look like this :-)

Cut of the rest if it does not fit exact

Measurement for the drawers
Have double layered all the parts
6x 1.5 - 7 3/4 x 1.5 - 6x8

Hinges outside and inside

So I divided it into several rooms

shelves drawers to despair  the drawers
cut at
8 1/8 x 6

Glued on hinger on top and under. Covered the top with black paper that i glued on with Claudine Hellmuth multi matte

Cut 18 x 6 1/8 x 2 for the back side for the drawers and glue them on each side with hinges
For the left side cut 18 x 6

pu i chipboard between the shelves and drawer so the drawe get a bitt space 

Seen from the top

Seen from the bottom

Top Part 
 cut  15 x 15 5/8 and then 8 1/8 to fit the opening for one side of the drawers

Cut  15 x 15 5/8 and 3 inch for the sides
Also 3 inch inside and on the sides about 1 1/2 inch from the sides to make it stronger so it can hold the top part. Glue down with hinges 

Glue the hinges well

 top shelf
Cut 18 x 18 5/8. I 1/4 for the sides

Cut 3 inch strios and glue them around the openings on the top wit hinges.
Make the rooms as big as you want ore make it like this

Have cut i inch strips and glued them with hinges on left sde to create room for shelfs 

Top shelf cut 12 x 12 and 1 1/4 for the sides

Glass door 18 x 9 x 2 and put acetate or glass inside. If you use glass you have to build the inside up with 1/2 inch strips
and thin cut out i inch around 

Sorry i forgot to take picture for the back of the cabinet
The measurement is 18 x 15 1/4
Then i cut out 3 inch strips for the insides and shelfs
Outside left and right is cut at 3 1/8
Made slider doors and cut them at 3 x 5 1/2
and then made glide track of 1/4 inch strips on both sides top and bottom

Here is the measurement for the other side bottom opening 
18 x 4

Used TH tissue paper and glued it down with multi matte for the shutter curtain
Then stamped, embossed and went over with metallic stains
Then cut it in 1 inch strips. Binded it with small rings 

The measurements may be slightly different from the thickness of the chipboard you are using
and how many layers you use

have some problems to express myself in writing but
hope this is a bit helpful and that the explaining is not to hard to understand.

Here is the link to the blog post where I show the finish tower,

Have fun creating :-)
Hugs, Anne


  1. This is truly amazing so much detail, worth the time you have into this and such a fabulous storage idea.
    Hugs Rachael :) x

  2. It's all from chipboard, correct? Where did you find such large pieces? I'm truly amazed at this.


    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment:-) I found the chipboard here in Norway, but if you dont find it where you live you can layer them together and displace them.
      Have fun creating :-)

  3. This is a truly amazing piece of art, i think Tim Holtz himself couldnt do better, wow, just spectacular!! tfs, hugs, Kim x :)

  4. FANTASTISK, du är otroligt duktig.
    Kram Åsa

  5. You,ve explained yourself very well your english brilliant

  6. Anne, you are such a talented papercrafter & artist. This is truly an amazing project! I can see why it took you so long to finish it. I love how much attention to detail you use. I have been a follower of yours for quite a while, and am always excited to see what you come up with....maybe someday I can be as half as talented as you! Thanks so much for sharing this gem of a project.

  7. Your talent is amazing! I love this project!! Great storage idea!! I just purchased a really heavy chipboard that is black which would work great for this - but it is 12 X 12. You are so talented! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us :)

  8. Hei, Anne, dette er rett og slett helt FANTASTISK!!! jeg bøyer meg i støvet for deg min venn!!! Stoooor klem, L

  9. WOWZER So amazing to see all T!m Holtz goodies stored in one fanastic tower ! I'm blown away by all of it ,the details, the curtains the decorations- Just an amzing piece of concept art work!!

  10. You continually amaze me! I loved the last storage tower but I like this one even more. I didn't know that was possible. Thank you

  11. Thank you all for your kind comment . I really appreciate it:-) Have fun creating :-)

    Hugs, Anne

  12. Thank you so much for this fantastic and detailed tutorial. You can tell this project has been thought through down to every little detail.
    Ha en fin og kreativ uke ,Happy Scrap :)

  13. Where did you get your large chipboard at? and what size and weight?.

    1. I got the black chipboard from accucut craft. it is 12x12 inchand about 1mm thick. The light brown is about 30x45 inch , 2mm thick and bought it here in Norway. Sorry dont know the weigh. Have fun creating :-)

  14. This is amazing you did a Fabulous job!

    Peace, Love, & Cricut Hugs!
    Monica L.

  15. denne er bare det råeste jeg har sett, KJEMPELEKKER!!!!!

  16. Hi Ann... thank you for always inspiring us with your amazing creations. I truly appreciate your creativity and thank you for taking the time for the tutorials.

    Creatively yours

  17. This is amazing, I am going to spend my weekend with my husband trying to build this. Thank you for the challenge.


  18. This is amazing.. I'm so exited to try this too!! How about the carousel part?
    What can I use to make the storage turns?

  19. You are a very talented and imaginative artist and generous of spirit to take the time to not only show us how you make things but share your projects with us. You show a 3D crown die in your video. Where did you buy this from please? Thank you so much for your help in advance.

  20. WOW, Anne this is truly amazing, you never fail to amaze with your wonderful creations. Thank you for sharing your talent with us so generously.

  21. Hi Anne! I have been so inspired by your talent for years now and have learned so many creative ideas from you. I just saw this cabinet on pinterest recently and fell in love with it and am now in the process of making it. I have the ink side done and all the drawers made. I am now putting the dividers in to hold the drawers and hope you can answer some questions as I am going along here. Did you hinge the top and bottom of the dividers for holding the drawers in the cabinet? So far I have been able to piece together the sizes and instructions. I just want to be sure the drawers are secure.
    Thank you for sharing your talent and inspiration. You are missed on youtube. I'm eager to see your new creations and hope your absence is for fun activities and that all is well for you and your family.


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