DIY Card Cabinet

A card cabinet can hold collectible sports cards and other keepsake cards. The cabinet can be inexpensive to make yet hold lidded bins to keep even the most expensive treasures organized, clean and unharmed. You may choose a cardboard storage "cubbie" with the desired number of openings to place plastic bins for card storage and the desired size for the cards you want to store. Cubbies also are available in sizes that will hold ring binders in which you can have all or part of your various card collections.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard cubbie kit
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Adhesive-backed decorative plastic (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Adhesive labels (optional)
  • Clear or colored plastic storage bins
  • Markers (optional)
  • Ring binders (optional)
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    • 1

      Decide whether to place the cardboard cubbie kit vertically or horizontally. The arrangement may affect the number of plastic storage bins needed to fill the spaces in the cubbie. Plan to leave some of the spaces empty if you want to have some space to put ring binders in the cubbie.

    • 2

      Determine which pieces of the cardboard cubbie will show from the outside when the cubbie is assembled. Those pieces include the ones that will form interior storage shelves. Decide whether to paint the pieces that will show or cover them with adhesive-backed decorative plastic.

    • 3

      Paint or use adhesive-backed decorative plastic to cover the portions of the cubbie that will show from the outside. If you use adhesive-backed decorative plastic, use scissors to cut it from notches that will slip together when you assemble the cubbie unit. Tuck overlapping edges of decorative plastic inside of the unit.

    • 4

      Assemble the cardboard cubbie by following its package instructions.

    • 5

      Put adhesive labels on clear or colored plastic storage bins if desired. Write the name of storage bin contents on the labels, and include information that will help you select the correct bin of cards without having to search through several bins.

    • 6

      Place your cards inside the storage bins, and slip the bins into the cardboard cubbie with the bin labels facing outward. Place ring binders in some of the cubbie spaces if desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Select a cardboard cubbie in a size that fits well in the space you want to place it in your home.

  • Choose a plain cardboard cubbie rather than a printed one if you want to paint the item. Opt for any color or print if you plan to cover the unit with adhesive-backed decorative plastic.

  • Make the cardboard cubbie match the color of its plastic storage bins.

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