My husband saves receipts-all of them! Even though there is a digital record of almost everything he purchases, he still holds onto those receipts until he’s sure they won’t be needed and can be shredded. Now, I’m all for saving receipts for large ticket purchases or even for inexpensive items that might need to be returned, but I don’t need yesterday’s Wendy’s receipts or last week’s grocery receipt from Harris Teeter. The problem with my husband’s obsessive receipt saving is that he places them on a tray on the counter, leaving them to be sorted through later. This year, South Carolina passed a new tax law that will allow residents to get a tax credit for gasoline to offset a new gas tax here. Since my husband drives over 100 miles to work and back each day, the amount of money spent on gas adds up quickly. His gas receipts are ones that we need to save. I’m all about avoiding clutter, so I put together a box with some coastal flair to hold those gas receipts.
I wanted to keep it convenient for my husband to just drop off the receipts when he comes home. Placing a decorative Coastal Box for Saving Receipts on the counter was a good way to do that and avoid clutter.
Mail Box purchased at Michaels
Laminated Burlap Sheet
I got started on giving this box a makeover right away and forgot to snap a photo of it. This photo is from Michaels and the box can be found in stores or on line. I found mine in the Valentine’s section at my local Michaels store.
Everything else I used for the box came from my craft stash.
I used a sheet of laminated burlap to cover the top of the box. I cut a slit in the burlap at the point of the slot on the box. It’s cut in angles at the corners so that it would press down smoothly. It’s hot glued in place.
Using rope is a great way to get a coastal and nautical look. A line of rope is glued around the edge and around the slot.
I added strips of burlap ribbon just beneath the rope and hot glued it around the box.
I used two pieces of burlap to cover the bottom of the box. The pieces were wrapped and cut to fit and hot glued on the inside of the box. The pieces overlap along the sides and the bottom of the box.
To cover the overlapping fabric, strips of burlap ribbon are glued are the inside, wrapped around the bottom, and into the other side of the box. I added one more strip of ribbon around the bottom of the box. This helps to keep the burlap taut.
I had a few felt starfish in my craft stash that were just right for this. Along with a Folly Beach sea shell, they are glued to the front of the box.
This took less than thirty minutes to put together, and since I had most of the supplies on hand, it was inexpensive, too.
Having this placed on the counter will make it easy for us to just drop our gas receipts into the box.
This doesn’t solve the problem of my husband saving all of his receipts, but he’s agreed to drop off the gas receipts here and take the others upstairs to the office instead of cluttering up the counter tray with them.
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Coastal Box for Saving Receipts
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