With my busy schedule, the thought of sitting down to create a handwritten note for a friend back home in Tennessee seems to instantly calm my soul and warm my heart. And what’s more, I am a sucker for nearly everything that might be categorized as stationery — beautiful notecards, custom address stamps, a well-designed writing utensil, even special-edition stamps. Sometimes, I secretly wonder if I have an Etsy shop just so that I have an excuse to use custom stationary. I think the only thing that might be more charming to me than stationery itself is having a special little place to store all these beautiful things. In this project, I use a plain, unfinished wooden box available from nearly any craft store and a few things I already had around my home — including some hardware from an old furniture re-do — to create a a keepsake-worthy chest to hold all my personal stationery essentials complete with a cozy little home for the finest letter-writing pens and pencils. -Mandy Pellegrin
The full how-to continues after the jump…
-unfinished wooden box
-wood stain, paint brush, and clean clothes
-brass ring pull (optional)
-electric drill and drill bit (optional)
-screw driver (optional)
1. Stain the wooden box by applying the wood stain with a clean paint brush, allowing to soak for about 10 minutes, and wiping excess stain away with a clean cloth. Repeat for a deeper shade, and allow to dry.
2. (Optional) Find and mark the center of the front of the box, and use an electric drill with an appropriately-sized drill bit for your hardware to install the ring pull as a decorative detail. Tighten with a screwdriver if necessary.
3. Cut two pieces of velvet fabric to just slightly smaller than the dimensions of the top and bottom of the inside of your wooden box. Cut one more piece half as long as the other two pieces. Use pinking shears to keep the unfinished edges from fraying.
4. With both velvety sides facing up, topstitch the short cut of velvet to one of the longer cuts on each side and the bottom in order to create a pocket. To add slots for pens and pencils, topstitch additional seams approximately 1.25″ apart on top of the pocket.
5. Affix the velvet pocket to the top inside of the box and the other velvet piece to the bottom inside using a heavy-duty adhesive. Allow to dry.
Now, fill your box up with all your lovely stationary!