Saturday, January 17, 2009

A gift for my hubby this Christmas

I surprised my hubby with 5 DVDs of Dr Who this Christmas and wanted to give them to him as a collection. I didn't want to use regular plastic CD cases. Besides being easily broken, I also didn't want him guessing what I had given him. So I searched online for something I could make from heavy paper or card stock. I never did find anything I liked. The thought of how I would do this was on my mind for a few days. Finally one day at work an idea came to me and I sketched it out quickly on scratch paper. I even made a quick sample of my idea, showing my coworker, who thought I was quite insane. haha

Anyhow, here is the final result. I didn't really embellish it though it could be done quite easily. The individual sheets could even be run through a printer if you wanted to add text to them. In the end, he heard me hammering away to punch the holes and had NO idea what in the world I could be making him for Christmas, which required a hammer and assembly. He was thrilled beyond belief with his gift.


Instructions are as follows. All measurements are in inches.
To make each pocket, start with a 12x6 piece of card stock.
Score 1/4" line all the way down each long side. Fold the scored edges inward.
With the edges still folded in:
Score a line 3 1/4" down from the top of the page, all the way across.
Score a line 1/2" up from the bottom of the page and another 3 3/4" up from the bottom of the page, all the way across.
Fold down the top scored line first, then fold up the bottom 1/2" line, then the last line above that.
You should now have the start of a pocket shape without the sides tacked down.
Use a 1/8" hole punch (one that you hammer is recommended) and punch 4 holes down each open side of the pocket where the 1/4" fold is, all the way down through all the layers of card stock. Try to make sure that the edge of the punched hole is no more than 1/8" from the edge of the pocket or it will be a tight fit for the DVD (trust me on this). The hole spacing should be an inch apart from the center of each hole. If they are not exact then the jump rings will be very difficult to line up.
Once the holes are punched, set a 1/8" eyelet through all the layers of card stock to secure the sides of the pocket together. When you are done setting your eyelets (you will need 8 per pocket), attach your completed pockets to each other using 1/2" jump rings (I got mine at Michael's) or you can use ribbon, twine, leather/suede cording, whatever you wish. I went with the jump rings because it had a more masculine "hardware" feel to it, considering who the recipient was.

Let me know if you have any questions about this project!

1 comment:

CardsByEmily said...

SO cute and clever! Thanks for posting this. I will keep it in my favorites for later. Hope you have a great weekend!

~Emily
www.cardsbyemily.etsy.com