I have been daydreaming about something like this since I was a little girl, I'm not kidding. It brings both my greeting card game and my organization game to the next level.
And it was so badly needed! Kristie brings home awesome cards all the time that she gets from work. I would tuck them away in a drawer, hoping to not forget about them, until soon the drawer was so full, I couldn't even open it. Cards I loved and had stowed for future use were getting bent and ruined in there, and obviously not being mailed.
This...this makes me happy :) I updated the box with a simple design on top, and packed it with my salvageable cards, divided into categories by labeled pieces of craft plywood. I think this is going to make me a much better correspondent.
You will need:
- A wooden box wide and deep enough to fit all your cards, with a hinged lid (I used this one)
- A sheet of thin balsa wood or craft plywood
- Strong scissors
- This template
- Contact paper
- An X-acto knife
- White craft paint
- Small craft brush
- Small alphabet stamp set and ink
Print the template onto the non-shiny side of contact paper. Carefully carve out the letters with your X-acto knife, reserving the insides of the "e's" and "g."
Carefully peel off the back of the contact paper and adhere to the lid of the wooden box. (Make sure to add the insides of the "e's" and the "g" too!)
I figured out I needed nine dividers to organize my cards (I used the categories Wedding, Birthday, Congratulations, Thank You, Blank, Baby, Holiday, Love, and Sympathy), so I cut out nine, with the tabs in three different positions.
And then came the fun part! At least...I thought it was fun haha. I got to put all my cards in order by category, and found so many that I'd forgotten about! I love knowing they're all safe and organized now.