Crafty with cardboard
Get creative with the family! Check out three fun ways you can turn leftover cardboard boxes from shopping sprees into useful furniture with Dana and Modesh.
The handmade seat
1. Cut 1 square of double corrugated cardboard 20cm x 20cm. Repeat this until you have 6 squares of the same size.
2. Trace a rectangular notch of 10cm long and 1.5cm wide at the centre top of the square and cut it out. Repeat on all remaining squares.
3. Glue three of the squares together. Now you’ll have 2 squares of stacked cardboard.
4. Assemble the squares by interlocking the two rectangular notches.
5. Trace and cut another cardboard the size of a large plate. Repeat this 4 times.
6. Place the stool legs on a circle and trace the legs with a pencil. Cut out the traced lines to make an ‘X’ shape.
7. Glue the 4 circles together with the ‘X’ shape facing the top.
8. Assemble and enjoy!
The mini plane
1. Get one medium box and cut out the right side.
2. Tape down the remaining sides. Secure the inside flap for added support.
3. Flip the box over and cut all 4 flaps out.
4. Keep the flaps to create the wings, tail and propeller.
5. Cut out arm holes.
6. Cut slits for wings.
7. Glue wings onto the sides of the plane.
8. Insert flap into slit.
9. Make the plane’s tail.
10. Make the propeller by trimming the ends and creating 2 different sized circles.
11. Pretend to fly off on your own mini-plane!
The homework station
1. Cut the flaps of a rectangular cardboard box.
2. Keep the two longer sides. Tip the box over on its side and use glue to secure the two longer sides into the bottom of the box.
3. Turn the box over so that the opening is on the floor. Carefully mark with a pencil where the opening for the legs will go. Use an X-ACTO knife to cut it out.
4. Put strips of duct tape across the top of the tray to let you wipe it clean easily.
5. Enjoy your lap-desk and tray!