How to Make a Homemade Tackle Box

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How to Make a Homemade Tackle Box
Fishing tackle can get jumbled and disorganised if not kept in a tidy tackle box. (fishing lure image by Sirena Designs from

Fishermen acquire numerous types of tackle over the year as they fish different locations and use differing techniques. These can range from plastic worms used in bass lakes to spinning lures used to fish steelhead trout in big rivers. Tackle boxes can be easily made with items you likely have around your home. This way you can carry around all your fishing needs in one convenient container.

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Things you need

  • 1 plastic storage container with handle, at least 6 inches deep
  • 2 Cardboard ornament or craft dividers for extra small objects
  • Utility knife
  • 1 marker
  • 1 sheet of thin cardboard

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  1. 1

    Measure the craft dividers from one corner out to fit exactly into your chosen plastic container. Mark the edges that need to be cut off with a marker.

  2. 2

    Cut off the excess from both craft dividers so that they each fit exactly into the box while stacked.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of flat cardboard the exact width of the box, and about four inches longer than the box. Measure in two inches from each end, and mark it with a marker.

  4. 4

    Use your utility knife to score the cardboard all the way across at the two inch marks. If your cardboard is too thin to score without cutting all the way through, fold it over instead.

  5. 5

    Draw and cut out a rectangle from the folded edges of the cardboard to make handles on each side.

  6. 6

    Assemble the tackle box by placing one craft divider in the bottom of the box. Then add the flat cardboard with the folded side handles facing up along the sides of the box. Add the second craft divider on top. The handles will help you easily lift the top layer of tackle to get to the bottom level of tackle.

Tips and warnings

  • If your plastic box is deep enough, you can add another piece of cardboard and divider to carry more tackle.
  • Use a clear plastic container so that you will be able to see your tackle from the outside.
  • Be very careful while using your utility knife. Don't let the tips of your fingers hang over the edge that you are going to be cutting.
  • Don't cut out the handles too close to the edge of the cardboard or they will break and you will have to replace the whole cardboard.

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