- 1 Medium FedEx shipping box
- 1 1/2 hot glue sticks and/or scotch tape
- and of course, your office supplies that are cluttering your desk
- 12" ruler
- Hot glue gun
- box cutter/scissors
Step 1: Making the Cups and Trays
once you've categorized all your things, you need to figure out how many boxes, trays and/or cups you'll need. this is what i figured i'd need:
- 2 cups (1 short, 1 tall)
- 1 box tray for stamps
- 1 tray w/ partitions
- 1 tray for my stapler
- 1 tray for the staple remover
i wanted my cups to be big enough for all my writing utensils, so i made them 3" in diameter each.
remember that old formula we learned in math class, C = 2π (r)?
well, if my desired diameter is around 3", the radius is going to be 1.5". so to get the desired circumference length, i want to calculate C = 2 x 3.14 x 1.5.....
my circumference is going to be 9.42 inches. to make this easier on me, i just brought the measurement up to 9.5"...after all, i'm not designing manifolds to an ICBM.
small cup: 9.5" x 5" rectangle
tall cup: 9.5" x 6.5" rectangle
the next thing i made was the box tray for the stamps. i briefly took the dimensions of the largest stamp so that i could work from a "No Smaller Than" size. the largest stamp i have is 2.5" x 1.25" x 3", so i mage the box just slightly larger than 4 of them standing abreast.
Stamp Box: 8.5" x 6"
i wanted a tray with partitions so i could throw in my miscellaneous small stuff, like taks, pins, paper clips, etc. so i made a tray with these dimensions:
Partitioned Tray: 7.5" x 6"
the last 2 things i made were for the Stapler and the stapler remover:
Staple Remover Tray: 5" x 5"
Stapler Tray: 6.5" x1.5"
after i cut a base, i use a piece of cardboard to create a makeshift compass, here's how:
get a small rectangular piece of cardboard, punch a hole through one end (that'll be the center of the circle you're trying to draw. get a ruler, and at the length of the desired radius, punch another hole... once you've made this, you'll anchor down one end with a ball point pen and with a pencil through the other hole, you're going to swing it around 360 degrees until a full, even circle is drawn.