DIY Greeting Card Box

Even though they are not be teaching cursive in grade schools, I believe the art of the handwritten greeting card will never go out of style. I can easily spend hours in a card store drooling over all the beautiful cards – letterpress, foil, hand painted, scripted and more – I don’t discriminate!

DIY Greeting  Polka Dot Card Box // Twin Stripe

I often find myself purchasing a few each time I find myself in a new stationery store. Until recently I didn’t have one central location to store all the cards, so I could never find the right card when I needed it. I remembered that my mom had a box at home that she kept greeting cards in organized by category which seemed like the perfect solution for my greeting card problem. With just a few supplies, I easily organized my greeting card collection in style.

DIY Greeting  Polka Dot Card Box // Twin StripeCard Source


I picked up a simple unstained wood box from Michael’s to store my greeting card collection. I choose to stain my box with cherry stain we had leftover from another project. (Here are some great tips if you are new to staining wood.) Let the wood stain dry at least four hours. If you don’t want to stain the wood, you can also paint the box a color of your choosing or leave it natural.

Once the stain was completely dry, I used a medium size foam pouncer to apply polka dots with acrylic paint on all sides of the box. After they dried, I painted the inside of my box, which remained unstained, metallic gold for a bit of sparkle.

DIY Greeting  Polka Dot Card Box // Twin Stripe

To make category dividers, I cut strips of card stock into 5.25″ x 2″ and wrote what each section contained. It will help keep me organized for years to come and I now know I don’t need to buy Thanksgiving cards this year!

Tip: I also pick up birthday cards for friends and family months in advance if I see the perfect card. So I don’t forget who the card is for, I write the recipient’s name and birthdate on a Post-It note as a reminder as shown in the second photo.

Category Suggestions:

  • Birthday
  • Wedding/Engagement/Shower
  • Anniversary
  • Baby
  • Friendship
  • Hello/blank
  • Encouragement
  • Condolence
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah
  • New Year

Valentine's Day Card Roundup // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from top left: Donuts About You, Paper Source  |  Girl Scout Cookies, The Patterned Owl  |  Je T’aime, Sugar Paper  |  Hey Lover, The Social Type  |  I Pine For You, Rifle Paper Co.  |  All the Single Ladies, Sea & Lake Paper Co.  |  Viva Love Paint Cards, Yellow Owl Workshop

If you don’t have card collection yet, you must start by picking up some Valentine’s to add to your greeting card box. I love the ‘Single Ladies’ card for your single BFF and the Girl Scout cookie card for your significant other, but honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these beauties. Do you have a large greeting card collection? How do your organize it?


About Katie

Katie is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. Her blog is dedicated to helping readers create a bright and modern lifestyle that doesn’t cost a ton. Twin Stripe features easy DIY projects, tasty recipes, entertaining ideas, style tips, home decorating inspiration and more. Katie lives in Greensboro, N.C. with her fabulous husband, Chad, and adorable pup, Hobbes. She spends her spare time decorating their 1950s bungalow and throwing festive parties. Katie believes you can never have too much glassware or glitter!

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