Saturday, April 28, 2012

Duct Tape Coupon Organizer - Guest Contributor!

So My BFF (yes, I know I'm not 12 and yes I still use BFF) Katie, is one of the coolest people I know, mostly because she gets all my corny jokes without any explanation needed.  She is also super fun to be around and like me loves being crafty, and as she puts it we are "monetarily challenged" so she perfectly put the two together and came up with this brilliant post!  Enjoy!

Don't forget to check out her blog for some other great tutorials and fun posts at Little Bit of Love

Take it away Katie!

awww... so pretty, didn't I get you that necklace?  

I made a coupon holder!  See I like them portable, and while it isn't the end-all be-all in coupon holders, I made it and it is awesome!  Here it is!

 Now, I decided to make this for myself real quick one day during nap time, so instead of thinking ahead and taking pics along the way for a tutorial, I was simply focused on finished before all heck broke loose my kids got up. So, this isn't a step by step picture kind of thing, but more of an overview:

Here is what I used:

~ 2 Mac and cheese boxes- you can any similar sized box, or a cereal box if you want a larger organizer

~ Fun Duct Tape (I found houndstooth, LOVE IT, and bought at a craft store....with a coupon of course!) This was actually the only item I had to buy for this project, everything else I happened to have at home

~ Clear Packing Tape

~ Scissors (yes, for cutting)

~ Envelopes (I used 3 5/8inx6 1/2in size, you could use longer for a larger holder

~ Ribbon (not a necessity, but it made it prettier and easier to see the flap, I just raided old wrapping paper/craft supplies for a peice)

~  Sticky back velcro- This is just to hold your top flap closed. Again, I happen to be a craft nerd, so I have some but you can find little packages of this about anywear, very handy.

Here is how I cut the first macaroni box- cut off the top and bottom flaps, then cut out one of the skinny side pannels. Voila, you have the folder section for the coupon holder.

The second box for the flap, I patterned this after my billfold, actually, cause I like it. Just cut one of the large sides of the box about 2/3 of the width, then cut triangles off the sides to make the angles.

Okay, assembly. Now to not leave you hangin I am putting up the Youtube tutorial I found for the idea. Notable differences are the size of the holder (I wanted mine to fit in my purse) and the decorative ribbon, and the flap I just stuck the ribbon to the holder and covered it with a strip of packaging tape (which is also used to attach the inner envelopes, as you can see in the video) across the top for protection. For the flap, I made a section for the "hinged" top area out of just duct tape so it would be more flexible, and then have the flap. So, I covered the box folder...then had a strip of plain duct tape...then attached the flap. Hope that makes some sort of sense after you see the video.

A couple things to remember:

~ My duct tape was just slightly see through in the white part, so I made the bright side of the box the inside.
~ Start by taping the inside of the holder and finish on the outside, this way the tape overlap will be on the inside of the holder.
~ These are just ideas, make it your own! And if you have a question for me, just ask :)

Thank you Katie for sharing this with us!  Hopefully many of you will try this and link us some photos!  

Funny tidbit, I have lived 28 years, been a crafty person for most of those... well from glue sticks and glitter on, and always swore it was Duck tape... like quack quack, not duct tape.... learn something new everyday I guess!

1 comment:

  1. :)))) Duck Tape is THE brand! There are other duct tape brands but you were right all along! ;))


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