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Daily Archives: June 10th, 2011

The other day I was getting pretty frustrated at work.  It was just a constant stream if interruptions with people asking for help or clarification or a sympathetic ear or whatever.  They were just interruptive.  All I wanted to do was complete a few tasks and I couldn’t go five minutes without an interruption.  On top if that, there were business cards everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  Because sometimes vendors would stop by and interrupt me too, which meant I would get their business card(s) and I would have to have mine out in order to complete the exchange.  So, what to do with the mess and the lack of fulfillment because you can’t complete a single task?  MAKE A QUICK CRAFT TO GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS!

So, in the five minutes between interruptions, I made a small open-topped box out of my over-generous supply of business cards (nigh two full boxes for the two hats I wear at work, although one is unofficial now despite the official business cards).  I got the idea from Jessica Jones who in turn got the idea from Ned Batchelder.


  • five (5) business cards
  • five (5) minutes
  • tape or glue


  1. Fold five (5) business cards as shown on Ned’s site.
  2. My predecessor (of sorts) left me her glue stick, so I put glue on the flaps as necessary.

    A very important picture.

  3. Assemble the box as shown on Ned’s site, but make sure the outside faces of the flaps of bottom and two horizontal side walls are on the inside so you aren’t making a mess somewhere with all that glue.  For the two vertical side walls, the outside face of the bottom flap will be glued onto the bottom of the box and the upper flap will have glue on the inside face and folded over the flaps from the two horizontal side walls.  I realize now that I didn’t take pictures when I was assembling and I don’t have enough business cards on my person to make another box to show you what I did.  Sorry.  But I’m sure you can figure it out.  If you mess up, it’s ok, because you have an over-generous supply of business cards, right?

    Yes, I know how ridiculous it is for me to pixelate everything. But I like pixelating, okay?

  4. Fill your freshly assembled business card box with business cards.

    If you look carefully, you can get an idea of what kind of hats I get to wear at work.

Completing this craft unfortunately did not make everyone else less interruptive.  Sugh.