I have a formula for some of my favorite projects: it’s useful, it’s easy, and it’s FREE. This one definitely fit the bill this week! I’m currently in the process of redoing my “office space” (I use that as a loose term because it really means the desk that’s located in my bedroom), and was looking for a fun way to display my new business cards. That’s right around the time when a friend of mine conveniently asked if I could build her a wooden business card holder with her logo on it. Genius. So, I headed to the shop, sifted through the scrap pile, and made herself and I some brand new business card holders!
For this project I happened to have some 1.5″ thick scrap wood blocks laying around from an old home renovation. Really, any height will work for this project, but if you want to be able to stencil something on the front, I’d suggest finding a piece that’s at least 1″ thick, or maybe even gluing together some thinner pieces to bulk up your holder. Just a suggestion though! This will be your project now, so I support whatever decision you wish to make when building your card holder.
This project was great because it only took about an hour from start to dry time. Here’s how you can make your own!
What You’ll Need:
Band Saw or Jig Saw
Miter Saw or Table Saw
T or L-Square
1″-1.5″ Thick Wood
1. Find a piece of wood you love and measure how big you’d like it to be. I ended up cutting mine down to 3.5″ long for this project, so that the business cards would fit snugly in the holder. If you’re using a miter saw, like I did, you can use a clamp to hold the piece to the bench while cutting if the piece is too close to the blade (or if you have a table saw, you can use that as well).
2. Next, measure and cut your piece of wood to 2.5″ wide.
4. Flip your block and find the center of the two smaller sides. Use a straight edge or l-square to mark out a small triangle. Flip it over and mark it again on the other side. This is the piece you will be cutting out, so you want to make sure it is consistent on both sides.
5. Use a bandsaw to cut out the triangle. Occasionally flip the piece over to make sure both sides look even (Note: if you only have a jig saw, just follow these steps with the piece firmly clamped to a work station. You may have to cut half of the block at a time if your saw blade is too short).
6. Sand down any rough edges on the inside and then apply wood putty to even out any weird cuts or markings.
7. Give your piece a final sanding.
8. Stain or paint the piece to fit your needs (if you want to stencil your logo on it, you can find my reusable stencil tutorial here).
9. Display your business cards proudly!
It’s amazing what some elbow grease and little imagination can do. I’m seriously in love with this project and it was one of the more straight-forward ones that I have made in a while. Sometimes we have to just go back to basics to remind ourselves that things don’t have to be difficult to make a big impact.
I hope you guys find this project to be as enjoyable as I did – in fact, it was almost therapeutic! If you do make your own card holder, please share it with me on social media by tagging it to #diyhunted! I’ll show it off to everyone!
Until next time…