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Organizing Your Store Rewards Cards

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I’ve always been fascinated by  Altoids tins  (I know I’m not alone in this one).  I finally found the perfect use for repurposing one – an organizer for all those store rewards cards.
a decorative tin with a card in it with title text reading Rewards Cards Organizer

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got 20+ of those store rewards cards.  I think they multiply on their own in my purse!  I don’t like to carry the small tags on my key chain because it would just be too bulky.  And a rubber band around the thick bunch of cards just doesn’t seem pretty enough.

an Altoids tin

Sooo-ooo,  Altoids tin, have I got a job for you.

                                                          I found a  scrap of pretty decorative paper that I already had.  I could decorate thousands of tins with the scraps of paper I have.    I chose this paper because it coordinates well with the blue that is on the edge of the lid.  That way I only had to cover the top of the lid and didn’t have to bother with the trickier edge.                                                  I used a corner rounder to get a perfect fit on the paper.
showing how to use a tool to put decorative jewels on a tin

                                                          I added a couple of embellishments (got quite a few of those laying around too!)

I pulled out the handy dandy Mod Podge and glued the paper to the top of the lid.
Mod Podge, Altoids tin, sponge brush, decorative paper
Then added some rubber bands to hold the paper down while the Mod Podge dried.  I had to add an extra rubber band on the left edge where the brads were to make sure the paper had a good contact with the lid while the Mod Podge dried.  Because the brads made it a little trickier, I let the Mod Podge dry for a good 3-4 hours (usually I rush the drying time to about an hour, but I wanted to be careful this time).
rubber bands holding decorative paper on a tin
The cards fit a little too perfectly in the tin making it tricky to slide them out (long nails required).  I hot glued a strip of ribbon to the back, leaving a tail that can be used to pull the cards forward so you can grab the one you want.  Learn from my mistake: I glued the ribbon too far across the tin.  You should only glue from the middle of the tin to the bottom.  That will give you more mobility with your ribbon so you can lift the cards far enough out of the tin to easily pick the one you want.
showing how to glue a ribbon inside a tin

I attached the ribbon “upside down” on purpose. That way the lid of the tin acts as a tray to catch the cards as you pull them forward. Once you’ve pulled the card you want out, you just close the lid and all the cards fall right back into place in the tin. If you open it the other way (the way you would normally open the tin), the cards will fall out at your feet. If all those 20+ cards fall out on the floor as I’m checking out, I’m pretty sure I’ll like shopping even less than I do already.

rewards cards being held in a tin by a ribbon

Of course, all my cards are alphabetized in the tin (is there any other way?) and they fit perfectly.
Yea! A quicker and easier check out at all those stores.  I might even learn to like shopping.

a decorative tin with a card in it with title text reading Rewards Cards Organizer
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  1. This is inventive! I thought I’d let you know that I featured your yarn pumpkins. I’m so glad that you linked up to our party and hope that we can become bloggy friends. Linda

  2. This is great! I agree…there is something about those little tins. I’m going to try this..I know I have one of these around the house somewhere – I think it is holding safety pins at the moment. πŸ™‚ Found you on the Monday Mingle blog hop!

  3. Love this idea for the rewards cards. Love repurposing! Following you on Facebook from my personal page –

  4. Awesome idea. I actually just took an old business card holder because I had a few because of my career field. One is all filled with the rewards cards and those punchcards that make you return because eating ten bad items is always worth that free one at the end. LOL. Seinfeld reference. Stopping by from Mom’s Monday Mingle.~April from 100lb Countdown

  5. I am so with you (and Seinfeld) about those punch cards. Although I will say that my husband saved one and used it 10 years later when we returned to that state on vacation. It made him quite proud to collect his “free” meal.

  6. Such a fun idea!! It turned out great! I love Altoid tins, too πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing this at Artsy Corner! Hope to see you again this week.

  7. I have been trying to think of something creative to do with Altoid tins, definitely going to try this for all our gift cards! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Great idea on customizing an Altoid’s tin box! This is also great for the RFID protection we’re all seeking (if you carry credit cards or other identification cards with the RFID chips in them). Cute also!

    1. Aileen, thanks for pointing out the RFID protection. I was just thinking cute, but I like cute with a purpose! πŸ™‚

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