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Crazy Cardboard: DIY

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We’ve been noticing a growing trend in cardboard accessories and furniture for the home. In fact, the look is becoming quite haute and pricey—Genius Jones is selling a cardboard Chihuahua for a $140. Twenty Twenty One has a line of paper mache and cardboard items for your home. And ReturDesign Studio, based in Sweden, has a line of sleek home furnishings and accents made from cardboard (Chaos shelves pictured above). But of course, you can get this look for less.

Using reclaimed cardboard from boxes to make chairs, tables, clocks, picture frames and more, is a fabulous way to reduce waste and recycle. And most of everything you need for these projects you can find in your home or pull out of a dumpster. We personally recommend raiding the dumpster behind Barnes and Noble for some high-quality cardboard boxes.

Fold School
Fold School is a site that has free downloadable instructions for making cardboard chairs, stools, and rockers. Click here for the instructions.

Fold School recommends that you have a printer (black/white), cutter, ruler, cutting mat, spray adhesive, needle, glue, masking tape and folding tool—for all of your Fold School projects.

Cardboard Coffee Table
Make a fabulous coffee table with items from your home and the dumpster. You can use, glass or a pieces of MDF board for the top. Remember to paint and decorate your table. Go crazy. It’s cardboard. These instructions are modified from instructions we found at They also have instructions for making a cardboard clock, picture frame and lamp.

What you need

  • 2 double walled corrugated cardboard tubes, 13�? diameter
  • Glue
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge
  • Surface for cutting
  • Spray varnish
  • Glass or board for the top


1. Cut two pieces of fiber tube to your desired table height.

2. Peel back the outer layer of cardboard and cut the cardboard into small pieces.

3. Trace the inside of the tube twice on cardboard to make tops and cut them out.

4. Glue the small pieces of cardboard in a decorative pattern around the tubes and tops. Let the glue fully dry.

5. Spray with a protective layer of varnish and place glass on top.

Cardboard Animals
Rock Paper Scissors has a supply of DIY cardboard animal kits, each cost $14 and you can buy a deer, rhino, or moose, to hang on your wall. We love the kitsch factor of these fun cardboard wall trophies and the best part, no animals were harmed in the making of these projects.

Have you done cool cardboard projects? Share your ideas with us!

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