Manager's Office Room Box
Completed on December 22, 2009
The box was made from the measurements and photos of the original office. I tried to recreate every aspect of the original office, including furniture placement. In the photos, the clear cover held on by magnets is removed to reduce glare while taking the photos.
The recipient was celebrating a milestone birthday as well as a new promotion to manager. The walls were mage of foam core covered with scrapbook paper. The floor is covered with suede paper to look like carpet.
I covered a piece of white card stock with packaging tape to made the dry erase board. The cork board is scrapbook paper that looks like cork. The chairs are illustration board and fun foam. I used clear nail polish on the foam pieces that make the arms of the chair to give it a more "plastic" look. The cushions of the chair are covered with an eyeglasses cleaning cloth. The window blinds were made from dollar store wooden place mats.
I recreated the drawing on the dry erase board made by one of the recipient's grandchildren. The candles are pieces of painted dowels with printies covering the outsides. Thread was used as wicks. The binders were made from the tutorial you can find in my blog posts section.
While I did not exactly recreate every binder the recipient had in her bookshelf, I did recreate as many as I could fit in the miniature version. I like to use unusual caps and packaging to make baskets and bins. This plastic bin was originally a dust cap for a piece of disposable medical equipment. The zippered binder is made from a dollar store microfiber eyeglasses cleaning cloth and card stock. I used embroidery floss to create the zipper's look.
The computer desk's keyboard shelf sides have pieces from a broken CD drive to look like the shelf can be pulled out. The keyboard, tower, mouse and mouse pad are all printies on fun foam. I used illustration board to make the file cabinet. Heavy duty staples make the file cabinet's handles. Matte Mod Podge over the paint makes it look more like metal. I copied and scaled down many photos, booklets, flyers, etc. and squeezed as many as I could in each page of a Word document. This made it easier to print everything at once in order to save ink and reduce paper waste.
The candy dish is a water bottle cap. The phone, cell phone and floppy disk are printies. I used pieces from the inside of a broken calculator to make the tape dispenser and stapler.
The chair is illustration board and fun foam. Again I used clear nail polish on the foam arms to look like plastic. I like using eyeglass cleaning cloths for fabric on miniature items, as it's inexpensive and very thin, so it's easy to manipulate around the cardboard. I used shiny black cardboard from a box to make the organizer with file slats.
The binder is made with a paint chip sample card and jump rings. See my blog post for the tutorial. The Fireball container is made from two disposable contact lens containers and a clear bumper piece from the bottom on an electronics item. The trash can is a clear plug protector cap. I painted the cap from the inside so the outer part of the cap appears glossy.
Scaled down versions of original booklets, flyers and envelopes from the actual office.
Office Manager Room Box
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