How to Make a Letter Holder

Updated April 17, 2017

Mail, both incoming and outgoing, can quickly create a mess on your desk or counter top, which is why a letter holder is such a useful item. You can find letter holders at office supply stores, but you can also make your own to fit your decor. You can even recycle old CDs and make your own letter holder with just a few inexpensive supplies from the craft store.

From the fat quarter (a 1/4-yard cut of fabric), measure and cut three squares, 5 1/2-inches each.

Trace your styrofoam shape onto a piece of felt, then cut out the felt shape. Attach the felt to one side of the styrofoam shape with craft glue to create a smooth bottom for your letter holder.

Cover the label side of your CDs with a thin layer of craft glue, using your brush, then smooth one square of fabric over each glue-covered CD. Let the glue dry, approximately 20 minutes, then trim the excess fabric from around the CDs.

Measure and cut a 1-inch thick strip of fabric that is long enough to fit around your styrofoam base. Glue the strip of fabric around the edge of your styrofoam base shape using craft glue.

Cut three equally spaced, parallel slots into your styrofoam base. Each slot should be roughly a 1/2 inch deep and two inches long. The slots will make it easier to insert the CDs into the styrofoam base.

Run a line of craft glue along each slot cut into the styrofoam, then press a CD into each slot so the CD is about 3/4 inch deep in the styrofoam. The outside CDs should be positioned so their fabric covered sides face out.

Attach silk flower bunches to the styrofoam base on the outside of the two end CDs.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 CDs
  • Fabric fat quarter
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Styrofoam shape, 1-Inch thick
  • Coordinating felt
  • Craft glue
  • Knife
  • Wide, flat brush
  • Coordinating silk flowers
  • Low temp glue gun
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Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.