How to Make the Perfect Mail and Photo Organizer

This is my favorite DIY project to organize all those little 
scraps of papers, photos, CD's, coupons, etc.

I began with a book, it can be any book ~
colored pages, old pages, pretty pages, large or small pages.

I removed the front cover and used it as my base.

I taped the edges with Washi Tape for a decorative edge.

I folded the pages of the book in half.

every page

until I ended up with this...

Then using hot glue, glued the folded book pages onto the cover.

Love the Washi Tape with writing for this!

This great idea came from this great book!

This can be done to any kind of book!

This is my favorite easy and very useful organizer!
Makes a great hand-made gift!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. This is so cool! I have never seen this done. It's definitely thought provoking...wonder how I could use this? Hm.... lol

  2. Seriously smart! Now if I can only remember to bring the coupons with me to the store.

  3. That's very clever, Susan! I love the first one you pictured because even though you can't see the full images they do make it decorative. How great to use some kind of music book to hold CD's!

  4. I just purchased some Washi tape, and now I know what I will make with it. Thanks for the tutorial.♥

  5. Hi Susan!

    I'm with you! I just love that book - it has such great ideas! Last February, I did a post on that organizer also -
    I use it all the time. Not only is it functional, but it's nice to look at!

    Love your blog!
    Nan (

  6. Just found you and so glad I did-love all your transformations! I too love a good curbside or thrift shop find! Following along and can't wait to see more!

  7. What a neat project! Great tutorial!!

    Tanya from

  8. I must have missed this idea when it was posted on You Could Make That, so I'm glad you showed it. I'm going to make one to hold recipes that I have scribbled onto note cards and am testing out. Thanks!

  9. I have got to find a book that I can do this to RIGHT NOW! I love the idea especially since I am in the process of going through my little piles here and there. This would be perfect. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. I see this is an old post. Are you still available for a question? I,s like to make a 2 tied cake using this barrel/drum design. What do I do to the cover Andy how do I secure it together?

    1. Hi Deb, Sorry for the delay! That is a good idea. I think I would use hot glue and maybe attach 2 of them to get more pages. I usually use hot glue or E6000 to glue things together that need to stay together :)


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