GO, GO Spazzy Hands!!!

Today’s prompt RAWKS, and is total creative escapism for me! YAY!!

“Health Activists are a talented bunch. They’ve got a variety of skills – many of which lie beyond that of being awesome bloggers, social media power users, and supportive leaders online. What’s something that you’re uniquely great at and could teach a class on? Write the tutorial in a blog post.”

Inspector Gadget meets Edward Scissorhands.

So. What the HECK are these things called again? Money boxes? Wedding card holders? Wishing Wells?

Whatever they’re called, I wanted to make my own, but hadn’t the foggiest idea of what I wanted to do.  Then one day I was dusting and realized…I’ve got a couple of shelves of the “faux books” I’d bought at the craft store (Michaels) for….40% off PLUS another 25% off total purchase coupon…

…what if I made a kind of “stack of books” looking “thingy”? So I did.

Materials:

“Faux books” – as many as you want, I’d guess ;o) It’s your “thingy”! This tutorial is for FOUR BOOKS

Utility knife

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Cutting mat

Pen/Pencil

Steak knife. Seriously. I used it as a “mini saw”….you’ll see why later…

CUTTING THE “BOOKS”

1. Pick your “books”. (I’m all about the obvious)

 

2. You’ll have to remember which book stacks on which…I started with book #2 in the stack (going from top to bottom)…You will need to cut out the BOTTOM of this book using the utility knife…(I used an Xacto I’d had in my toolbox).

I was able to cut out the entire bottom of the “book” because the next “book” underneath it was big enough to cover the size of this smaller one…

A word of help: THICK. CARDBOARD. Omg, I thought my hand was going to break the first cut I’d made!! Hence, I used a steak knife as a mini jigsaw…worked AWESOME!!*

 

3.  With the bottom cut out (or to what size you’d need)…you’ll now need to use your pen/pencil to trace the outline onto the TOP of the book (book #3 in the “stack”) you’ll be using underneath this one :

 

After you’ve traced the “hole” in your book onto the top of the next…you’ll need to cut it out. Open the book to do so. Much easier, although it might take some manoevering to place the book properly on your table in order to cut into the top of the book!!

4. With the top cut out, you can then trace the “hole” onto the BOTTOM (of the same book) on the inside, as shown…After you’ve traced it, cut out the area of the bottom of the book!!

 

5. You will now have a book with a hole in it. Just sayin’. Total photo op.

 

6. Placing this book on top of the last book (book #4 in the stack), you can now trace the “hole” onto the TOP of book #4.

*****You will NOT NOT NOT be cutting out the bottom of book #4 – the bottom book – or your cards are gonna FALL OUT!! Again, just stating the obvious!!*****

 

7. Now take stock. You have book #2 with the BOTTOM (or the size you need) of it cut out. You have book #3 with both TOP and BOTTOM (or the size you need) cut out. You have book #4 with the TOP (or the size you need) cut out.

Now you have to GLUE BOOK #3 AND BOOK #4 together!! Please note: I also glued the books SHUT for book #3 AND book #4.

What about book #2? Never mind yet…just glue book #3 to book #4.

 

Using your hot glue gun, and working relatively quickly…outline the holes in the books with glue and press down firmly for a few seconds for the glue to stiffen.

8. Again, I glued the books SHUT for both book #3 and book #4 in the stack. Ease of it NOT all coming open and spewing cards all over for whomever is collecting it at the end of the night!!

9. Okay, so you’ve still got book #2 AND book #1 kickin’ around.

BOOK #1: Find a suitable “template” to use to trace out a rectangle through which people will gently drop their cards into…for mine? Ya, I used a Nintendo DS case (not the console…the hard plastic CASE)…

Once you’ve found a great rectangle template, place it in the INSIDE of the book, trace it and cut it out.

Place book #1 with it’s “card entry” cut out onto the TOP of book #2, and trace.

Cut out the rectangle from the top of book #2.

You can now glue book #2 onto book #3, and book #1 onto book #2.

DO NOT GLUE BOOK #2 SHUT. How will you get your cards out without destroying it? :o) Just don’t.

 

10. Voila!! Now, I’ve left time to “personalize” my stack-o-books “thingy”…I’m thinking cascading ribbon…perhaps our monogram at the top?

I do plan to punch a hole at the side of the top of book #1 to thread some ribbon through…acting like a bit of a “pull tab” to open the top…might be nice…or I might actually just leave the top of it open…like I was “reading” it…then people will see the “card entry” hole!

 

And voila!! 😮

What the HECK are these things called again? Money boxes? Wedding card holders? Wishing Wells?

 

Whatever they’re called, I wanted to make my own, but hadn’t the foggiest idea of what I wanted to do.  Then one day I was dusting and realized…I’ve got a couple of shelves of the “faux books” I’d bought at the craft store (Michaels) for….40% off PLUS another 25% off total purchase coupon…

 

…what if I made a kind of “stack of books” looking “thingy”? So I did.

 

Materials:

 

“Faux books” – as many as you want, I’d guess ;o) It’s your “thingy”! This tutorial is for FOUR BOOKS

Utility knife

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Cutting mat

Pen/Pencil

Steak knife. Seriously. I used it as a “mini saw”….you’ll see why later…

 

CUTTING THE “BOOKS”

 

1. Pick your “books”. (I’m all about the obvious)

 

2. You’ll have to remember which book stacks on which…I started with book #2 in the stack (going from top to bottom)…You will need to cut out the BOTTOM of this book using the utility knife…(I used an Xacto I’d had in my toolbox).

 

I was able to cut out the entire bottom of the “book” because the next “book” underneath it was big enough to cover the size of this smaller one…

 

*word of help: THICK. CARDBOARD. Omg, I thought my hand was going to break the first cut I’d made!! Hence, I used a steak knife as a mini jigsaw…worked AWESOME!!*

 

3.  With the bottom cut out (or to what size you’d need)…you’ll now need to use your pen/pencil to trace the outline onto the TOP of the book (book #3 in the “stack”) you’ll be using underneath this one :

 

After you’ve traced the “hole” in your book onto the top of the next…you’ll need to cut it out. Open the book to do so. Much easier, although it might take some manoevering to place the book properly on your table in order to cut into the top of the book!!

 

4. With the top cut out, you can then trace the “hole” onto the BOTTOM (of the same book) on the inside, as shown…After you’ve traced it, cut out the area of the bottom of the book!!

 

 

5. You will now have a book with a hole in it. Just sayin’. Total photo op.

 

6. Placing this book on top of the last book (book #4 in the stack), you can now trace the “hole” onto the TOP of book #4.

 

*****You will NOT NOT NOT be cutting out the bottom of book #4 – the bottom book – or your cards are gonna FALL OUT!! Again, just stating the obvious!!*****

 

7. Now take stock. You have book #2 with the BOTTOM (or the size you need) of it cut out. You have book #3 with both TOP and BOTTOM (or the size you need) cut out. You have book #4 with the TOP (or the size you need) cut out.

 

Now you have to GLUE BOOK #3 AND BOOK #4 together!! Please note: I also glued the books SHUT for book #3 AND book #4.

 

What about book #2? Never mind yet…just glue book #3 to book #4.

 

Using your hot glue gun, and working relatively quickly…outline the holes in the books with glue and press down firmly for a few seconds for the glue to stiffen.

 

8. Again, I glued the books SHUT for both book #3 and book #4 in the stack. Ease of it NOT all coming open and spewing cards all over for whomever is collecting it at the end of the night!!

9. Okay, so you’ve still got book #2 AND book #1 kickin’ around.

 

BOOK #1: Find a suitable “template” to use to trace out a rectangle through which people will gently drop their cards into…for mine? Ya, I used a Nintendo DS case (not the console…the hard plastic CASE)…

 

Once you’ve found a great rectangle template, place it in the INSIDE of the book, trace it and cut it out.

 

Place book #1 with it’s “card entry” cut out onto the TOP of book #2, and trace.

 

Cut out the rectangle from the top of book #2.

 

You can now glue book #2 onto book #3, and book #1 onto book #2.

 

DO NOT GLUE BOOK #2 SHUT. How will you get your cards out without destroying it? :o) Just don’t.

 

 

10. Voila!! Now, I’ve left time to “personalize” my stack-o-books “thingy”…I’m thinking cascading ribbon…perhaps our monogram at the top?

 

I do plan to punch a hole at the side of the top of book #1 to thread some ribbon through…acting like a bit of a “pull tab” to open the top…might be nice…or I might actually just leave the top of it open…like I was “reading” it…then people will see the “card entry” hole!

 

And….voila!! 😮

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://info.wegohealth.com/NHBPM

One response to “GO, GO Spazzy Hands!!!

  1. Love this! Such a clever and creative idea. I will definietly be sharing. They turned out GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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