How to Make a Pencil Box Bouquetcomments (3) August 23rd, 2013
For many years I worked in an office, in a tiny cubicle, and was known to all my coworkers as the designated "corporate crafter." If you aren't a corporate crafter yourself, you likely know the type: he or she is the person who has constructed a full suit of Medieval armor out of 45 boxes of metal paper clips; the person who decorates her memos with eraser prints she's carved for herself using a letter opener; the person whose computer monitor is buried beneath a menagerie of origami animals made from Post-It Notes.
I was that person. I created "staple" portraits on printer paper of all of my coworkers; I turned my 500-sheet memo pad into a garland of tetrahedron ornaments to decorate my cubicle during the holidays, and I drew elaborate blue landscapes (after Corot, no less) using only an ink pad and my thumbprints. During the hours I spent listening to people argue about procedural matters on conference calls, I kept my fingers busy cutting and folding and crafting.
Now that it's my job to spend the day playing with paper (instead of just "pushing" it), I am often reminded, whenever I speak with friends who are still on the corporate career path, of just how bleak the average corporate office environment can be. And so, as a service to all those "corporate crafters" who still labor away in gray boxes and carpeted cubicles, I offer this tutorial on a fast and inexpensive way to brighten up a desktop or liven up a day. Email may have largely replaced the thank-you note, but postage posies like these give a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Someone just sent me some fresh-cut flowers."
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