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Did you make New Year’s resolutions this year? If one of them was to be more organized, or to spend less money, you’re in luck! Today’s simple tutorial will show you how to turn a dollar store expandable file into a super useful coupon organizer!
When it comes to organization, the simplest system is always the best; if your system is too complicated it might be more trouble than it’s worth to maintain it and you might give up after a month or two. That’s why I love this little DIY coupon organizer; it’s simple to set up, and simple to use!
DIY Coupon Organizer
Here’s what you need to make your own: (affiliate links below to the products I use and recommend)
- expandable file (you can find these online at Amazon or at your local dollar store)
- adhesive vinyl
- printable white sticker paper
- Silhouette Cameo (or scissors or an X-acto knife, if you have a steady hand)
Note: I’ve provided a link to download the cut file that I used for this project below!
Start with a plain envelope-sized expandable file.
The first thing I did was cut out the word “Coupons” from silver vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo. I weeded away the vinyl background and then used washi tape as transfer tape to transfer the word to the front of the file.
Then I started on the inside. I measured the small tabs sticking up from each divider and created a small rectangle of the appropriate size in my Silhouette Studio software.
I copied the rectangle so I had one for each tab, then I added letters to each rectangle. If you want to download the cut file I created, you can download it here! I used Silhouette’s print and cut feature to print out the letters on printable white sticker paper, then cut out the rectangles around them.
Next I peeled up the labels and stuck them on the tabs!
Once the labels are on the dividers, you’re ready to fill it up with coupons!
I prefer to have my coupons organized by store, so this filing system works great for me. But if you want to organize your coupons by expiration date, just put months on the tabs instead of letters!
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If you want to see more Silhouette tutorials, check out my Silhouette project gallery to see every project I’ve ever done with my Silhouette, or check out some of my favorites below!
This project is part of this month’s Silhouette Challenge! Want to see some other great organizing project ideas you can make using your Silhouette cutting machine? Check these out!
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