Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Masculine Not-a-Card!

Hi Friends,

Here's an easy project I thought I'd share.  I had to get something done for my college-bound nephew's birthday by Friday, Aug. 5, so of course on Thursday night (the 4th) I sat down to create something!! 

I've made business card holders before out of cassette tape holders, but it's really not a gift for a non-working college student, so I decided to take the same idea and make a little desk-top cork board instead.  That way he can use it to pin reminders, small photos, tickets etc. that he wants to keep on top of anything else that might be laying on the desk. 

It's super simple, and I missed taking some step photos, but hopefully you can get the gist of how to make it yourself with what I have here.  Just email me if you have any questions!!

Also, since I didn't have time to run out to the office supply store to get map pins (which would work better for this project), I used the push pins I have here at home.  Oh well, next time...

First thing to do with your empty cassette tape holder is open it up to the inside and snip off the two wheel holder things...they stick up into the holder to hold the cassette tape in place.  I used a button shanker tool and they popped off just like button shanks, easy peasy.

There was a little bit of bumpy part left on it but I knew I'd be covering that up so I moved on to the next step.

I cut a cork tile I had (not sure why I had it - ha ha!!) to fit inside the lid -- 4" x 2-1/2".

Next I cut a piece of DP 6"x 4", scored it at 3/4" and 5" so it would wrap around the lid completely.

I folded it over at the 3/4" score and adhered it to the top end and  wrapped it around the lid.

Then I just tucked the excess DP into the turned up lip part. (Sorry, no technical terms allowed!!) and adhered that end to the inside.

Next, I adhered the cork board piece to the inside and then stamped a "To Do" sentiment along the rim.

For the other lid, I did basically the same thing. I measured and cut two pieces of DP to cover the inside and outside of the other lid. The inside piece was 4" x 2-1/2" and the outside piece was 4" x 2-3/4".

And that's the basics.  I added minimal embellishments to the outside (stickers) since it's for a boy! 

The tiny notebook papers inside are just some that I cut into little squares and clipped together with a mini-binder clip.  I dropped 3 push pins into a little plastic baggie and tucked them all inside.  (The push pins sort of bulge in the closed box, so I would definitely get some map pins for this project!)

Hope you can try this -- it's really easy!  So hang onto those old cassette tape boxes!!

TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!


Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

What a clever idea, Anne! I love it!

Julia Aston said...

This is SO cute Anne! what a great idea! so compact and efficient! Thanks for sharing the deets! have a great weekend dear friend!

Joan Ervin said...

You are sooo clever, Anne...only you could think of something this genius!!!! This is a fabulous project and perfect for a guy!!!!