Magnetic Coupon Sorter

I really respect people who are disciplined enough to cut coupons every week and save bunches of money. And if you’re one of those people, you probably already have a color-coded awesome mega-folder full of deals. In which case, this might not be the craft for you :).

But that is not I. At best, I’m a weekend coupon cutter. The word "coupon" hasn’t become a verb for me yet. But I still somehow accumulate them on the front of my fridge, and I’m so over the clutter. So here's an easy little craft I cooked up to tidy my fridge door and get my deals in order. Plus now I can use my cute magnets for pictures and notes and such.

Here’s the before and after:

Ack!

Ack!

Much better.

Much better.

And here's my solution. I wanted something that would sort my coupons into craft supplies, groceries, and miscellaneous pockets. So I made a cute little felt sorter with three pockets and a couple spots to pin my lists.

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What you’ll need:

• Two colors of felt

• Magnets

• Coordinating ribbon (about an inch wide)

• Wine cork

• Narrow box

• Glue gun

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Start by cutting your cork in half. I found my sharpest knife and carefully sawed until I got the blade in. Then it worked best for me to rock it back and forth until it cut through.

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Now measure your box, make marks, and cut into three even pieces.

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Glue those pieces together and trace the base of it on some thick paper or scrap cardboard to make a bottom.

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I used ribbon to smooth and pretty-up the edges of my dividers. Just measure, snip and glue. Note: Mine got a little lumpy because of the time I took to snap pics as I was doing it. You can definitely get yours nice and smooth if you don't take mid-glue breaks ;).

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Okay, let’s make it felty! Measure the front and sides of your sorter and cut a piece to glue on.

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Tip: I left the top of the felt that was covering the sides just a tad longer than the front. You can see that in the pic below. I put a thin strip of glue along the side edges and pressed the felt down to cover the cardboard. Just looks nicer.

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Time to cover the back of your sorter. Use the same paper/scrap cardboard you used to cover the bottom. We're going for a clean look :).

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Okay, let’s make it stripy! From top to bottom my sorter measures three inches, so I made my stripes a half inch thick, so I could evenly space them out, leaving a half inch of black between each. I know that sounds so picky – however you space them, they’ll be cute.

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Just a little gluing left and you’re done! It’s time to put your wine corks on. I put one on each side in case I need to pin more than one list.

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Now let’s make it magnetic and you’ll be in business. My magnets were extremely powerful, so I only needed to glue two on. 

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And there you have it! Time to tidy your fridge door and organize your coupons.

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