Mail & Envelope Holder

By Dara

Bills, bills and more bills!  They just seem to keep coming, one right after the other.  Sometimes organizing them or just simply remembering where you placed them can get difficult. 

 For example, I have a habit of opening them after I get home and throwing them on whichever table or draw is closes to me.  I guess it’s not the best habit when I have to pay the bills on time.

I finally came to the conclusion that I need some help.  So for this week’s project, I’ve decided to make a mail holder.  I wanted to buy one from the store, but it’s a lot more fun to make it myself.  Plus the one’s at the store are so dull.  

 Materials:

  • White on white poster foam core board (Two posters glued together with a thin layer of foam in between the posters)

Above:  Poster foam core board

 

Steps:

mail_box_sizes1 <— Here’s a pdf of the measures for the mail holder that you can print and trace.

  1. Measure and trace two 2″ x 8″ on the poster foam board.  This will be for the side of the mail holder.
  2. Measure and trace 4.5″ x 10″ on the poster foam board.  This will be for the back of the mail holder.
  3. Measure and trace 4.5″ x 6″ on the poster foam board.  This will be for the front of the mail holder.
  4. Using a box cutter carefully cut the pieces off the poster foam board.
  5. Using sobo glue, glue the edge of the 2″ x 8″ onto the edge of the 10″ piece.  Repeat this on the other side as well.
  6. Then glue the 6″ edge onto both of the 2″ x 8″ piece.
  7. Let it dry for about five minutes.
  8. Then after it dries, the mail holder should be sitting up right.  Place it on top of the rest of the foam board and trace the bottom.  This will be the support for you mail holder.
  9. Using a box cutter, cut of the piece, and then glue it onto the bottom of the mail holder.
  10. Now you can spray paint the mail holder any color you like.  Remember not to put too much paint because it will dissolve the foam.
  11. Let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  12. After it dries, you can now decorate it using the velvet ribbon to hide the edges.  Use glue to add this on. 
  13. You can then also use glue to add on the bullion crest.
  14. Finally, add some nailheads to the top of the mail holder.
  15. Leave it dry for about 15 minutes and then add the velcro on the back so you can add it onto your wall. 
  16.  Now your mail holder is all done and ready for work.  Enjoy!

Bookmark Your Relaxing Day (Ribbon Bookmark)

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By Dara

There are certain days when it seems as though the world is moving at the speed of light.  Therefore, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back, relax and enjoy some quite alone time.  For millions and myself, quality time lying in bed or on a comfortable couch with a good book sounds pretty nice, especially on a cold rainy day. 

 This week, I’ve decided to put together a nice bookmark.  I tend to lose my place so this will come in handy.  I used a thick colored stock paper.  Using scissors, I cut off 2″ x 7″.  Then with a hole-punch, I punched the top middle of the paper.  With some cute shell buttons, I was able to embellish my bookmark.  I also found a cute artwork and glued that onto the paper using gem-tac glue.  Keep it mind that the bookmark should be light.  That’s the main reason why I chose shell buttons for decoration.  I then tied a black tassel through the hole at the top of the bookmark.  To finish it off, I glued two ¼” grosgrain ribbons to the back.  My ribbons measured 1 yd long, but yours can be as long or as short as you like as long as it is longer than your book. Remember not to use too much glue when you make yours.  It’ll end up wrinkling the bookmark and make it too heavy.  When using the bookmark, you can tie a bow at the end of the ribbon.  Then tada!  You’re all ready for your relaxing day!