Puzzling business

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When I resigned from my old job, I was left with a whole box of business cards that had never seen the light of network.

Being packrat royalty meant I couldn’t just throw them away, so I saved them for gift tags and  upcycled some of them for new business cards.

I came across this tutorial on how to make little cubes out of old business cards. They were so quick and satisfying  to put together that I ended up with a pile of stackable squares.

Toy blocks and matching games came to mind (I’m not broody, I’ve just been glutting on this guy’s really clever projects. Though I will probably, quite selfishly, have kids just for the colouring-in company).

I decided to make our nephew Sa’eed a simple puzzle block set.

I started out by making nine cubes. The flaps were stuck down and sealed with masking tape.

The dimensions of the puzzle space measured 16cmx16cm. I downloaded a really fun kids colouring book from Style Islam and cropped the images I wanted (choosing three scenes) to fit.

Colouring in the images proved to be a very centering exercise. I advise anyone who has too much of the work-wearied weltschmerz to get a couple of colouring books and scribble zen on to the pages.

I cut the images to fit the sides of the cubes and stuck them on in sequence.

I also used scrapbooking paper to back the other three sides of each cube; to work either as more complex puzzles or as a decorative element should they be displayed somewhere when not in use.

Each cube was sealed off by wrapping strips of clear tape around them. I used modge podge initially but it started wrinkling the paper.

To minimise any unpleasant eye-poking, the final step was to sandpaper down some of the sharp points the paper and tape had formed at the edges of each cube.

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If you were to use photographs instead, this would make a nifty gift for someone more grown-up.

I was so infused with the spirit of Martha that I didn’t just stop at puzzles.

Using the same business card cube tutorial I fashioned together an organising tray.

By omitting the card that would complete the cube, the pieces formed a type of open-lidded box. Again, I sealed all the flaps down with masking tape and proceeded to stick the boxes together using double sided tape. I reinforced the tray by running masking tape around the outside and sticking folded business cards down onto the dividers. The whole thing was painted up and finished off with a strip of decorative masking tape.

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