In case you haven’t noticed… I’m slightly obsessed with creating my own custom rustic pieces. Last year we picked up ONE old wooden branch, and I (with the help of my handy husband!) have turned that branch into four amazing, rustic projects! [see projects at the bottom of the post]. Today I’m sharing the amazing, rustic business card holder that my husband whipped up for me one evening :)
Is there anything you’d rather have on your work desk?!
Here’s what you need to make it:
Branch (approx. 3 inches in diameter)
Sandpaper (50 grit)
Clear acrylic sealer
To begin, grab your business card and measure it lengthwise along your branch. Decide how much space you want on either side of the card, and draw a line to cut across for the length of your card holder.
Use the mitre saw to cut your wood piece at the desired length.
Next, hop over to the table saw. Here we are going to cut the branch in half lengthwise. Make sure you have something to feed the wood through with, because your hands shouldn’t go that close to the saw!
Next, draw where you want your business card opening to sit with pencil. You only have to draw on one side because you will use the bandsaw to cut straight all the way through. Make sure the opening is directly at the top-centre of the card holder, and that your opening is on an angle so that the cards will sit in without support (even if there are only a couple of cards there).
Use the bandsaw to cut through the opening of the card holder.
And finally, the FUN part <insert sarcasm emoji>. Some people love sanding, but I find it long and tedious… lol. Although the projects with never look as good without it! You want to sand the inside well to make it smooth, as well as the bottom so that it sits flat.
Finally, you want to make sure the wood is dry and everything inside is good and dead. So I stick these pieces in the oven for 20 minutes at 100F. Better safe then sorry! Then I spray them with an acrylic sealer to protect the lovely, rustic wooden finish :)
There we have an incredible desk piece, that will be talked about by everyone that enters your home office – promise! Hope you enjoy your rustic business card holder!
For more inspiration from my all-purpose wood branch try your hand at: