Saturday, 28 February 2015

File Tab Matchbox Caddies

Here's a fun desktop storage solution for stationery sundries: a matchbox caddy. The contents of each matchbox is identified with an attached file tab. You can go for a pictorial label, or the "words and pictures" style.

These are really easy to make and are great to gift.Two styles to choose from: the flower-y version or the allover print.

Here are your free printables:
MatchboxCaddy1of4Drawers.pdf
MatchboxCaddy2of4Print.pdf
MatchboxCaddy2of4Floral.pdf
MatchboxCaddy3of4FileTabs.pdf
MatchboxCaddy4of4PrintTray.pdf
MatchboxCaddy4of4FloralTray.pdf

MatchboxCaddy1of4Drawers.svg 
MatchboxCaddy2of4Print.svg 
MatchboxCaddy2of4Floral.svg 
MatchboxCaddy3of4FileTabs.svg 
MatchboxCaddy4of4PrintTray.svg 
MatchobCaddy4of4FloralTray.svg

Making the caddy is a cinch, so no tut for this project, just a few pointers. I have decorated that project components so you can clearly see where to make the folds. Re: the file tabs on the matchbox wraps. The plain-coloured backing tab is optional - stick it behind the file tab projection if you want it to be coloured and not plain. Stick the file tab label on top of the file tab projection of the matchbox wrap. You can use eithe d/s tape or extra-tacky PVA glue. Use mini-brads for the matchbox drawer pulls.

I've given you some blank tabs so you can label your own stationery stash.

These matchbox caddies are great all-occasion gifts - but, thinking ahead, you can make them for National Stationery Week, which is 27 April-3 May. Wednesday, 29 April is World Stationery Day!