It's such a silly little thing, but I'm so excited to share this yardstick business card holder with you. I have some fun tips for you to make it an easy project. Change it up a little, add a thin plywood bottom, and you can make yourself a small yardstick tray!
Because I really don't have a place to store yardsticks, they were stuck in the cabinet door and bed department in my storage garage.
I pulled out all of the yardsticks and organized them on a coffee table I was getting ready to work on. The duplicates were stacked on top of each other. Not really having a plan of what I was going to do, I chose one that I had duplicates in case I messed something up.
Cut on Miter Saw
It's really NOT a good idea to cut small pieces from a small piece of wood. So, for that reason, I chose to cut each end off of the right and left side of the yardstick to make the ends of my box. Each side is about 5" long, with the bottom of the box being slightly smaller.
If you don't have a miter saw, you could easily use a Miter Box for this.
Only a small amount of Gorilla Wood Glue is necessary. Notice how I have the painter's tape holding the long sides together--here I am only gluing the two small end pieces.
I let the glue set up overnight because it was late when I did this step.
So, the frame is set up, now it's time to glue the bottom. I find that when you use painter's tape, your project is less likely to get glued to your work surface.
Directions for Easy Assembly Yardstick Business Card Holder
- Spread a thin bead of wood glue around all four edges.
- Place bottom of box on painter's tape.
- Set box in place
- Carefully wipe away excess glue and apply painters tape as a "clamp" until glue sets up.
Seal Yardstick Project with Clear Nail Polish Test
Say, what? Clear nail polish? Yep! Mickey recently left this comment on the Painted Acorns Project Post
I love painting acorns too. My son has a bur oak tree that drops huge acorns which I like to paint little faces on because the tops look like fairy caps. Also, I buy clear nail polish at Dollar Tree to glaze.
I was in awe! So, I picked some up at the dollar tree to give it a try. You can see in the image the original yardstick was raw wood, never having been stained or sealed.
The short portion has been brushed with the clear nail polish.
Why Not Use Mod Podge?
On the leftover piece of yardstick, I tested gloss Mod Podge on the left, and matte Mod Podge on the right. The gloss did okay, but the matte seemed to raise the roughness of the yardstick. Neither really changed the tone of the wood much.
To get the edges to match and look better, I sanded the top edge by sliding it back and forth on 220 grit sandpaper, Then I stood it on end and did the same thing.
It's Time to Seal the Yardstick Project
So, it may not be the best way to seal a yardstick business card holder, but it may inspire you to think outside the box. We don't always have what we need on hand. If it were summer time, I probably would take this outside and hit it with Spray Poly
I really love how much better the edges look after applying the clear nail polish.
Yardstick Business Card Holder
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.