Cardboard Magic

June 24th, 2011 in member junk     
TripodChronicles TripodChronicles, member
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My nephew has always been a great fan of cardboard and tape since he was about 2 years old. Though he has appropriate furniture, he took a cardboard delivery box and made a “cabinet” for his snacks and other lightweight paraphernalia.  He will be moving into a new bedroom soon and refused to give up this box.  I talked him into “reinforcing” it with decoupage.  After he learned that decoupage was only glue and paper, he agreed to this.  Knowing this would eventually be a throw away and wanting to keep it inexpensive, here are the steps I took:

1.       I used pages from old free books (with appropriate subjects) to glue all over box in all directions. As the project is truly nothing but cardboard and paper, the modge podge glue did make the paper pucker somewhat, but it still looks fine.

2.       Glued old yardstick to one side of door (outside) and another balsa wood  stick to other side of door (inside)

3.       Tried several different locking mechanisms that did NOT work before refixing  the mess and finding another solution.

4.       Screwed one part of locking mechanism to balsa wood and ruler

5.       Used small wood blocks on inside of top and bottom to screw in other part of locking mechanism

6.       Cut wood dowel, slightly sharpened one end and painted, glued cork stopper to other end.  These “drumsticks” are used to secure the locking mechanism.

7.       p.s. – must give credit to my husband: he does most of my wood cutting and plays with the heavy duty tools when I need help.

If this can be done with cardboard – imagine what you could do with real furniture.


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Comments (4)

junkermidge writes: Sounds like your nephew has a real future as a junker! Love that he didn't want to part with his cabinet, and love how you showed him it could be embellished and reinforced. Way to go!
Midge Posted: 10:50 am on July 2nd
gamecockchic writes: I think it's great! Instead of asking his parents to buy him a cabinet, he made one of his own! Awesome!!! Posted: 11:55 am on June 25th
suewhitney writes: Too cool for school. Awesome!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 7:41 am on June 25th
RustyDiva writes: Nice project! Love the reuse of a cardboard box for furniture!!!! Every college kid should have one! Posted: 3:49 pm on June 24th
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