Greeting Card Holder

Greeting Card Holder

Since I work with Habitat ReStore so closely, I am always challenging myself to come up with upcycling ideas for some of their more commonly found items. Like these Christmas ornaments that I made for them a couple of years ago. Today, however, I decided to do the same with a vent register, which they always have in stock. It seemed like the perfect piece to use as a paper sorter of sorts; or more specifically, a greeting card holder.

vent registers at habitat restore in charlotte nc

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Now, the funny thing is, I’ve made my own DIY Greeting Cards before…

diy greeting cards

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AND I’ve made a paper organizer before…

craft paper storage in a vintage photo album

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But never a distinct storage idea for greeting cards themselves. Call me old fashioned, but I always try and have plenty of spare cards on hand- of the sympathy, birthday, congratulatory, and thank-you variety. And until now, they’ve just been piled up in a drawer.

So, why not take advantage of my frequent trips to the ReStore and try and upgrade my card organization approach?

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Upcycling a Vent Register

Now, I will preface this with the fact that not just any vent register will do when it comes to greeting card storage. The average ceiling vent registers are pretty narrow, and aren’t wide enough for typical cards.


So, I honed in on the floor registers that they had in stock. The slots were wider and more accommodating to average size greeting cards.

metal floor register

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Next, I used some craft glue on the underside to keep the flaps closed. It just made the vent register easier to handle, since the metal edges were kind of sharp.

upcycling a vent register

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I could have used hot glue or super glue, too- I just happened to grab plain craft glue at the time.

Anyway, then, I took the register outside and grabbed a can of spray paint. Maybe an unnecessary step, but why keep it this weird shade of brown when it could be teal?

spray painting a vent register before upcycling it into a greeting card organizer

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After two light coats of paint, I allowed it to dry overnight. Then, I gave it a light top coat to protect the pretty paint job.

repurposing a vent register to hold greeting cards.

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Since the underside was still bare metal edges, I decided to add a layer of felt to my greeting card holder. And the easiest way to do that was by cutting out a rectangle of felt and gluing it under the register.

covering up the bottom of a vent register with felt

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And that was it! All that was left to do was to sort and organize my greeting cards in their new organizer.

greeting card organizer from a vent register

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Greeting Card Holder

The best part about this greeting card organizer, though, is that there really isn’t much to it! Sure, I could have just tucked my greeting cards into the slots and called it a day. But, OF COURSE, I had to make it a touch prettier and a little safer to handle.

greeting card storage ideas

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Look at that! It works SO PERFECTLY as a greeting card holder. And there were just a couple of things I did to the register before painting it and using it for my spare cards.


I just love how well this turned out! And it’ll fit perfectly in my filing cabinet for easy retrieval whenever I need to send a card.

card file or paper sorter

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But, this idea has other applications, too- especially for the narrower vent registers that I mentioned earlier. Like seed packets, especially once they’ve been opened and you want a fun way to store them upright to prevent seeds from spilling out!

Or business cards…or other papers and cards that you just want to keep standing and sorted.

greeting card storage in a vent register

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AND, I also wanted to give a well-deserved shout-out to my friend, Shannon Kohn, who designed the BFF Flowchart card that you see up front in my photos! She’s designed several cards through Minted that are sold at Target Stores- how cool is that?

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this upcycling idea for making a greeting card organizer from a metal vent register!

upcycling a vent register from habitat restore

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If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for storing greeting cards, then you may also enjoy how I organize all of my stencils in my craft room, as well!

File tote for stencil storage in a vintage magazine holder

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Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Rebecca Payne says

    I love the card holder makeover and the color.

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