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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

6 business cards.
5 minutes.

WHY MAKE A BUSINESS CARD CUBE?

There are many reasons to make a business card cube! My reason, however, sprouted from a particular office spat with my manager and I. (All in good fun if you’re reading this, Mark!) One of my coworkers, Dave, brought in his son’s old NERF basketball and hoop. Around my department, we’ve kind of made it a game to see who can be the most discreet about shooting the basketball into the hoop. One time, and I kid you not, Mark was coming from around the corner and the basketball hit him square in the face! It was the great coffee disaster of 2012! Coffee-ocalypse! And the worst part was, no one would own up to it! As a joke, Mark wrote all suspects’ names on the board in his office, and has taken away the ball! One day, in a suit of revenge, I decided to do a Google search on “cool things to make out of office supplies,” or something to that effect, and lo and behold, BUSINESS CARD CUBES!

WHERE CAN YOU FIND BUSINESS CARDS?

Your rolodex is an obvious source, but you may want to actually use those as business cards, so I suggest using six of your own business cards. By simply typing in “business cards” in a Google search, over 700,000,000 results pop up. You may want to refine your search by typing in your city. For example, when I narrow down my search to “business cards Frederick MD,” Google Places gives me 10 local businesses that make business cards, such as Minuteman Press or even my local Office Depot does online printing. If you are looking for more creative options and templates, try my favorite, 123Print. Or you could print your own at home with an Avery product.

**The business cards I used in this project came from both my personal collection and a sample kit I ordered from 123Print.

NOW YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN YOUR BUSINESS CARD CUBE CREATION! *insert evil laugh here*

Step 1:

Take two business cards and place them perpendicular to each other, with the backs facing each other. Though the cards don’t have to cross exactly in the center, the angle between them needs to be as close to 90-degrees as possible.

Step 2:

Fold the edges of the bottom card up over the top card. Make sure the creases are nice and crisp. Run your index finger along the folded edge of the crease to create the perfect fold. The crisper the fold, the snugger the cube.

Step 3:

Flip the cards over so that the top card is now the bottom card, and repeat STEP 2.

Step 4:

Pull the cards apart so you have two individual pieces. Each piece should be very “closed up.”

Step 5:

Complete STEPS 1-4 two more times for the remaining four cards. You should now have six individual pieces, and you are ready to begin cube assembly.

Step 6: BEGIN CUBE ASSEMBLY

For each step, make sure the new card you’re adding is hugging the existing cards with its tabs. The tabs should lay flat against the other cards.

Special thanks to Nate Batchelder for the drawn images!

Step 11:

For the last step, you’ll need to carefully lift the top two tabs to get the final card situated in properly.

Step 12: EPIC SUCCESS

Now that you’ve made one cube, making more should be easy! Make two! Ten! A hundred! (Caution: this can be addictive!) Tape cubes together to make an even bigger cube. Stack them in different formations on your desk or in various places around the office. The possibilities are endless!

BUT if you choose to throw them, please be aware of your surroundings and careful of your aim. You don’t want the coffee-ocalypse part II!
<p>Thank you for alleviating my boredom at work!</p>
Ha - excellent use of business cards!
Thanks! :) Be warned -- it's addicting!!

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