I have been looking for a custom Cricut blade holder that only held cricut blades. I just needed a blade holder, not a desktop organizer. But I wanted it to hold all my blades and to be sturdy enough to sit on my desk. It was harder than I thought to find one. So I just made my own. I have all the blades so that I can answer questions and review them. If you want more info on the blades, I have a description of each here.
I wanted each blade to have its own home so I could find the right one quickly. I labeled each blade position and it holds all the blades and the housing. This, at least for me, is the perfect holder and it is made from heavy cardstock and glued together. But is amazingly sturdy and stable. And made from 1 sheet of 12 X 12 cardstock!
The holder can be made from any color. Choose a pen that will show up on that paper. I wanted to try a patterned paper but all my heavy poster board is solid.
Cutting the Custom Cricut Blade Holder
Once all the pieces are cut out, re-crease all the folds. Then lay the top down and glue all the sides to the tabs on the top piece like the picture. Make sure all the tabs on the sides are lined up like the picture.
Once the glue dries, fold the sides down but don’t glue them yet. Take the piece with 6 holes and line it up so that the 6 holes are under the fine point and the housing holes. Then glue the top of the 6 hole piece even with the flap on the inside of one side. This creates a slight gap between the top and the center layer. One at a time, glue the sides together and attach the center layer until it looks like this from the bottom (the last side in the picture isn’t glued yet so there is a little gap. Yours will not have this gap):
Take the bottom piece and glue it to the sides inside the bottom rim of the box. Make the flaps even with the bottom of the box. This makes a little lip in the bottom and gives it a little more stability.
Again the box in the picture is not completely glued yet, so there are gaps. Your box will not have these.
The box is done and there is a place for all the blades. The long blades (Housing, fine point, fabric etc) go in the holes with the lower level cut out so that they hang down. The tips used with the interchangeable housing sit in the other holes and can still be grabbed easily without the danger of cutting yourself.
Enjoy your Custom Cricut blade holder