With the trend toward couponing and money saving crafts growing rapidly, I thought now would be a good time to share my very first Instructable.  This Coupon Box is an effective way to reuse old boxes and calendars into a great way to get your coupons organized. 

1 Empty Cardboard Box (thin cardboard like Cereal or Pasta work best)
Cardboard Scraps (for tabs)
Decorative Paper (I used an old Calendar)

Check out the photo tags to get helpful hints.  After completing my first coupon box, I decided to make some adjustments to the design.  I made a smaller box that was a bit easier to carry around.  Also, I changed my tabs so my coupons would be arranged by category (not by expiration date). 

Step 1: Create Your Template

First, gather all of your supplies and decided on the size you'd like your box to be.  For example, my original measurements produced a box that was 4 1/8" x 9 1/2" x 1 1/2" (based on the size on a standard envelope).  This seemed big and my second box was redesigned to be 4" x 7 1/2" x 1 3/4".  The measurements are easily adjusted to whatever size you want. 

Using your design measurement, unfold the box and cut off the excess.  Using the pre-existing folds is helpful and makes a sturdier box.  See photo for template.  (Hint: cut along dotted line only, save the top and bottom flaps to create the sides of the box). 
Nice way to organize your coupons.
Thanks! It certainly helps for anyone just getting started. Eventually I would l think you might need a bigger box (or a binder!).

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