An entire industry thrives on the office cubicle or corporate desk products. From desktop gods to photoframes, pen-stands, mobile-holders and expensive pen sets, the product list goes endlessly. I once made a miniature golf set for the office desk. This week, I got attracted to the idea of making a basket-ball set for the desk or a wall with a hook, or simply a shelf with door knobs, by hardly spending a penny on it.
I love how in front of homes in our neighbourhood, basket-ball baskets are a must-fixture for kids to play. And all you need is a container to throw ball in. I had containers in the form of glasses, but no ball. The ping pong balls stash in my home has gone missing. And I have not been in the mood to shop afresh.
You need a few things for this project-in-a-jiffy.
-- a used gift bag (in paper) or cardboard -- the hard surface for it
-- used paper cup (I had a plastic cup, but a paper cup is anyday a better idea)
-- a small hold paper punch
-- ball point head pins (jewelry findings)
-- hot glue gun with glue sticks (optional) or tacky glue (optional)
-- tacky glue is optional or a stapler if you choose
I also kept handy some gift wrap tissue paper or kite paper. And a toothpick.
If you want to use a sheet of cardboard, the hard variety, punch holes towards its center along the top edge and fix a hanging loop with twine or wool. I started by using some tacky glue to stick up the folded end of the bag's bottom.
This is meant to firm up the bag's base.
Now hold the plastic cup against the gift bag, under the handles but centered enough. Roughly gauge in your head, how much space you need to leave out before punching it.
I then twisted two ball-point head pins together as one was not enough for the punched holes. The next bit was about inserting this into not just the glass but the other paper cup as well, and once this is done, secure it by twisting further, and bending it inwards into the paper cup. Your desktop or office shelf basket ball set is ready. I was only too eager to play, and so crumpled some gift wrap tissue paper that is helpful for the presents packaging.
This is one way to reuse gift bags. You can involve your bored kids into this project. No sharp items around, not even a pair of scissors.
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