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Card Keeper

Card Keeper

Total Time Needed: 1-2 Hours

We love shoe boxes as much as the next biped, but this clever ribbon-bound book keeps a year's worth of greeting cards organized and handy — for reference, posterity, boredom-busting, or episodes of nostalgia.


  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Envelopes


1. Sort your child's cards by year.

2. To make the covers, cut two pieces of thin cardboard that are slightly larger than the biggest card. Glue decorative paper to both sides of the cardboard and let it dry.

3. Glue a picture of your child on the front cover and add his name and the year.

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4. Punch two holes about 4 inches apart on the left side of the cards and covers, then thread them onto pieces of 6-inch-long ribbon, securely knot the ends, and trim any excess.

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5. Finally, tape an envelope to the inside back cover for storing small cards and gift tags (we stuck a Velcro dot on the envelope to hold the flap closed). If you want to add more cards, cut the ribbon and thread the stack onto longer lengths.