I have this personal philosophy. I refuse to make Dollar Tree DIYs that I would not personally use in my home. This Dollar Tree DIY Vintage Card Catalog checks that box for sure! It is hands-down one of the cutest dollar store makeovers I have done to date! In my opinion anyways.
You will be blown away at how easy this Dollar Tree DIY was and if you are a vintage lover like myself, this will scratch your itch. It all started with these cute little wood boxes I found in the craft section. They had some generic shapes cut into the front of what I consider the “drawer” and I knew it could be removed (and hopefully) inserted backwards.
So I did what any DIY, wood project, Dollar Tree lover would do and I bought 9.
I had no idea what I would need nine tiny little wooden boxes for but I needed them, ya know?
I brought them home and started laying them out on the table, contemplating their transformation, and that’s when it hit me.…glue them together.
I glued all nine of them together to create one single little unit of cubbies.
They didn’t line up just perfectly, but hey they were from the Dollar Tree so what could you expect? Nevertheless, I persisted and knew this was going to be adorable once it was wrapped up.
Next came the staining and attaching of the the little handles. I used a blend of water and Antique Glaze by Waverly, which can be found at Walmart, to achieve this lightly aged look.
I made handles using pieces from the wooden tumbling tower game, also found at dollar tree. They were the perfect size and shape for the Dollar Tree DIY and just seemed to take these little boxes to the next level. I used a second blog for spacing, so I could keep the handles at the same level. It was this step of the project that I knew it was resembling the look of an old card catalog.
As I was creating this little piece, it took me back to my elementary school days and the old wooden card catalog that sat adjacent to the librarians desk. It had a smell of musty wood and aged paper when you would open it’s drawers and at the time it seemed impossible to understand the contents, but still, it was fascinating.
The final touch to this little Dollar Tree DIY Card Catalog, was the little touch of wood burning. I stamped each box with a letter of the alphabet and it really was the icing on the cake. I used a wood burning tool like this one along with some stamps to create this unique look.
I could not follow after you started to add letters to front of drawer. Where did these drawers go?at 6:28 PM
It’s a question. Where did this adorable little boxes(drawers) housed. I did not see that. Excuse me but I kept turning my head. Can you tell me where?
Vicki B.at 5:27 AM
Hi, just wanted to say that I loved your story about the card catalog. I too wondered about what was in all those drawers. I loved the whole thing about it. I am going to try and recreate it with these boxes. Thanks for he inspiration.