I’m going to Alt Summit next week (I’m SO EXCITED!!!) and I needed something snazzy to put all the business cards I’m no doubt going to collect from other bloggers and brands in, plus to keep my own in for passing out so I’m not digging around in my purse to find them. For those of you who don’t know, Alt Summit is basically like the Super Bowl for bloggers, comes around once a year and is a huge to-do, and business cards are a taken very seriously. They’re an extension of your blog, so they need to properly represent you and your creative aesthetic, plus try to stand out from the hundreds of others there. It’s probably the most nerve-racking part of the whole thing, in my opinion, coming up with business cards you feel proud of.
I’m in the midst of redesigning this whole site (coming soon!) and had some new cards printed, but yesterday in a moment of these-are-so-not-cool-enough panic, I decided to ditch them, buy a letterpress, order some custom plates, drive around town hunting down letterpress inks, super thick paper and various other materials and will be staying up way too late in the coming days to get them done. I have never letterpressed before and only have a week until I fly out, so please send me some good juju that I pull this off. :)
ANYWAY. I made this cute box out of wood and wood veneer you can find at Michael’s or any craft store. No power tools needed here (though, if you have access to a band saw, part of it will go faster). I love this so much though that I can see myself using it to round up change or to carry in my purse and wrangle my Burt’s Bees and lipsticks. There are any number of uses for this cute little box, and – bonus! – you’ll be so proud because you made it.
- Wood veneer sheet (small piece will do, I think mine was 12″ x 6″)
- Thin sheet of Basswood (It’s like 1/8″ thick and very soft wood, you’ll need to be able to cut through it with an X-acto knife)
- X-acto knife
- Hot glue gun
- Button of choice
- Hair rubberband
- 2 more rubberbands (flat, plastic ones not for hair are best)
- wood stain (optional)
Step 1. Draw out four ovals of equal size and shape on basswood sheet (the thicker wood). Or draw one, then use it as a template for the others. Using X-acto knife, cut out ovals (this part can be tricky and may need several passes to cut through).
Step 2. Sand down any rough edges and then glue two ovals together. This will give more sturdy sides.
Step 3. On your wood veneer sheet, draw a simple rectangle 4″ wide by 8.5″ long. Give it a little extra curve if you’d like, but it’s fine just straight too. Cut out your shape.
Step 4. Soak the veneer in water for a 2-3 minutes. This will allow it to bend and not break or snap.
Step 5. Dry excess water off with a towel.
Step 6. Using the hot glue gun, glue one oval to one side. Only glue part of the oval though, leave off enough space for the opening. Start about half way on the longer side of the oval and glue all the way to almost the curve of the other smaller side. Secure with rubber band and allow to dry and set for a few minutes (doesn’t need long, maybe 10 minutes).
Step 7. Remove rubber band and repeat last step for other side.
Step 8. Rubber band both sides and allow to set and dry.
Step 9. Cut out two ovals from the veneer so the sides will match the rest of the box.
Step 10. Glue veneer to wood sides.
Step 11. Using X-acto knife, cut tiny holes for the button and rubber band. For the button, cut a tiny hole for the backing to go through and then hot glue it down for security. For the rubber band, cut in half and then string through both sides, tying a knot at the end of each one.
Step 12. Look at how pretty your new box is! You can stain it if you’d like or leave it as is.
Last year I had a box very similar to this that I got on a whim from the $1 section at Michael’s (that’s where the design came from) and I got a lot of compliments on it so I decided to improve upon the design and make instructions so anybody could make one.
What do you think? Cute, no? Are you a blogger going to Alt too?! If yes, I want to meet you! :)