Welcome to my cardboard craft blog

Whether you are just plain bored or simply too broke to purchase other materials; cardboard is free! Cardboard is such a versitile craft medium that you can make just about anything from it. All you need is a little knowledge about different construction techniques to ignite your own art passion for cardboard. This blog is intended to show the construction techniques I use in my own cardboard crafts. When you learn the secrets of creating strength with cardboard you can create whatever you desire. From simple items like picture frames to extremely large pieces of usable furniture; it will all be possible. Travel along with me as I show you the secrets hidden within the cardboard. Go green or save a tree or just to keep it out of a landfill.... whatever your choice of phrases.... start creating your own cardboard art. If you find this blog helpful, please recommend it to your friends.

If you are new to this blog it's best to read the numbered labels first. ie: 1 - What do you see? 2 - Tools you need etc.

In those labels you will find the basic information you need to get started making your own cardboard furniture and crafts.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Breakfast bar - section 2, step five

Now it's time to close up the inside of this section.  Measure from front to back.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Breakfast bar - Section 2, step four

In step three I showed how I had marked the places where the struts will attach to the top and the back.  I now lay the back piece down so I can work with it first.

Marks where struts will attach

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Breakfast bar, section 2 - step three

Now I need to cut notches in the frame to hold the struts.  I marked a line down the center of all three rails on the center piece.  The only piece that gets notches will be the piece for the center (inside).  The front and the back piece do not get any notches.

The struts should be no more than 6 inches apart nor closer than 2 inches.  I chose to align 5 struts along each of the rails.  I marked the notches to match the thickness of the struts and cut the notches out.  Here you see what will be the bottom rail. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Breakfast bar, section 2 - step two

Just like with the first section we will need struts for strength.  My cabinet is 18 inched deep, front to back, so I took a piece of board 18 inches wide and drew some lines one inch apart.  Then drew a line down the center.  This line is useful for another step.  Drawing it now will insure that all of the struts are marked in the identical place.

The strength of the flutes need to be orientated so they go top to bottom when placed in your cabinet.  This will be more apparent later in the instructions.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Breakfast bar, section 2 - step one

I've done all I can to section one of the breakfast bar until the other two sections are made.  I can work on covering it completely with paper and wall paper paste but that's about it.

I'm starting on the second section using a different technique as a demonstration how you can make furniture this way too. 

I start by cutting three identical sized boards.  These are the front, middle, and back of this section.  We won't need a top, bottom, or sides until later. 

Friday, July 2, 2010

Breakfast bar - step 8

This is really a continuation of step 7.  Here you can see I'm covering the whole piece with paper except for the bottom where it will be connected to a base with wheels.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Breakfast bar - step 7

I'm skipping ahead to the next step instead of making more drawers.  I still want to make more drawers for my cabinet but I'm short on cardboard.  I need to save what large pieces I have to start making the second section of the breakfast bar.  It's best to cut your largest pieces first and use leftovers to cut smaller pieces.  I can add more drawers when I get a new supply of cardboard.  I don't want to hold up the instruction posts while I wait for more cardboard.

For this next step it's time to hide the imperfections of the cardboard and smooth the transition (hide the edges) between the water based tape and the cardboard.  The cardboard furniture will never be as perfectly smooth as a good piece of sanded wood because it's not real wood.  We just want to do what we can to get as smooth as possible. 
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