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diy project: greeting card organizer

by The BBB Craft Sisters

It feels like every year, from Labor Day onward, the days and weeks fly by, and suddenly, the very busy holiday season is upon us! Feeling inspired by memories of back-to-school shopping, getting our supplies organized and anticipating the jam-packed months ahead, we made this very simple greeting card organizer. So many times in the past, we have been delayed a day or a week (or, um, a month . . . ) in sending a gift because we weren’t prepared with a birthday or baby card on hand to include with the package. With this little caddy, we’re going to collect cards all year and make sure each category is always stocked. — bbbcraft sisters

Read the full how-to after the jump!


  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • cigar box, shoe box, old recipe box, card file or other small box
  • file folders or thick decorative paper
  • labels


1. After you choose your box, make a template for the greeting card dividers. We found small file folders that happened to fit perfectly into one of the many cigar boxes we have collected over the years, but chances are, you’ll need to make a template yourself. Measure the inside of the box and cut out a rectangle in that shape. Be sure to include a tab on the top.

2. Trace the template onto your file folder or decorative paper. One nice thing about using file folders is that tabs are already cut out for you. Be sure to space some tabs on the left, some in the middle and some on the right, just as they would be in your file drawer at home.

3. Write on the tabs or use labels to indicate which cards go in which sections: Birthday, Anniversary, Sympathy, Baby, etc. Another way to organize this could be by month, adding cards that pertain to each month — Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter or Halloween (or, if you’re really on top of things, cards for family or friends who celebrate birthdays or anniversaries that month).

4. Put the files into your box and start collecting and organizing!

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