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There are limitless possibilities for using cardboard. This instructable shows many projects, short descriptions, included photos, mouth watering ideas, can't wait to get started prompts, where does the time go, I can't do it all, I LOVE cardboard , ad infinitum ways to envision it, design it, construct it, use it and how to enjoy the whole process! Build it, don't buy it! There are, of course many more ways to slice it (the cardboard) but I don't want to overdo it all at once.
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Step 1: Wall hangings

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Step 2: Fold-A-Lot: Clothes Folder

The fold-a-lot is a clothes folder to aid in making that chore easier, and produce nice, orderly stacks of clothes, towels, etc.

Step 3: Boxes

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All sizes for many uses can be made. See my instructable: Make Your Own Boxes.http://www.instructables.com/id/Make_Your_Own_Boxes/

Step 4: Small Parts Containers

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An easy way to keep track of small screws, nuts, bolts, tacks, etc.Please see my instructable:

Step 5: Storage of Paint Cans

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I use cardboard to make storage of paint cans easier. Since there is little access to old paint, I put it down on the floor, under other shelving units. If I ever need a touch up, I simply pull out box with paint in it, and go to work.

Step 6: Waste Baskets

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Step 7: Project Boxes

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In order to semi-organize my work space and keep some semblance of order, I make project boxes that can be used to place works in progress. That way I can have several going at one time, yet know exactly where they are.

Step 8: Specially Designed Containers For Paper Flowers

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I make paper flowers, and to store and or transport them, I needed to come up with a container that would enclose and protect the arrangements while in transit. Hence a specially cut and formed box.

Step 9: Shelving Unit(s)

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Small units, but size could be expanded to larger sizes if needed.

Step 10: Tool Drawers For Work Bench

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Drawers made of cardboard, to fit precisely under the workbench. This way, the whole space is utilized, and access is made easy by simply pulling out "drawer".

Step 11: Picture Frames

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This frame was made by cutting cardboard to the width needed, then scoring with a bone folder or piece of wood. A raised area in the middle of the frame adds to the effect of a wood frame. Note 45 degree angle at corner. See next slide for picture of whole frame.

Step 12: Lettering via Bandsaw

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All letters made with bandsaw cutting.

Step 13: Signs

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See the instructable: Make Signs out of Cardboard!

Step 14: Masks

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Step 15: Paper Bag Storage

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Step 16: Tool Organizer

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Step 17: Refrigerator Organizers

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Same concept as used in work bench: boxes go all the way to the back, just pull out and get what you want.

Step 18: Kitchen Cupboard Organizers

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Same as refrigerator boxes.

Step 19: Closet Organizers

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Cut boxes so that they slide into any shelf you have. Instant organizer!

Step 20: House Numbers

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These have actually been in use for several years. Just cardboard! They are under an overhang so never get wet when it rains.

Step 21: Bill Holders

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I have an in box and an outbox....helps to organize. Make boxes the exact size needed, i.e., slightly larger than a standard business envelope.

Step 22: Art Projects

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A wealth of free canvas! Some art can even be mounted and framed.

Step 23: Small Chest of Drawers

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For this project, I used a large box for the frame...found two small boxes that fit pretty well, then made dividers for the bottom "drawers", made boxes to fit, and covered it all with bright paper.

Step 24: Craft Paint Containers

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I make special boxes for all my paint. Each box holds 30 bottles of the 2oz. size.

Step 25: Hole In The Wall Repair

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Cardboard is good as a filler, and can be plastered over to fill in hole. Easier than trying to cut a piece of wood to fit.

Step 26: A Box For Clamps

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A dedicated box for some clamps.

Step 27: Faux Rocks

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See instructable on faux rocks.

Step 28: A Special Box Just For Floral Wires

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If you work with floral wire, you know what a hassle it is to store. Running out of wall space? Make a box just for the wires.

Step 29: A Brush Garage

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I wanted a way to store my brushes that was convienient and easy to use.

Step 30: A Dedicated Bottle Carrying Case

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Keeps two glass bottles from moving and breaking.

Step 31: A Slide For Under Table Storage

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Used to pull important paper file out. Saves the hardwood finish.

Step 32: Tombstones

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Make these for Halloween.

Step 33: Paper storage Unit

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I use different papers in all kinds of crafts. Found out early on it would be necessary to have a separate shelf for each color, as much as possible.

Step 34: Make Furniture

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See my instructable: Make furniture with cardboard.

Step 35: Make Wallets With Cardboard

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See my instructable: Make a Billfold with cardboard.

Step 36: A Footstool or Ottoman, Made from a Box, covered with Cloth

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This handy storage chest doubles as a foot stool. I added an interior frame of pine, so that one can sit on it. It's quite strong.

Step 37: Camera and MP3 Storage.

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When not in use, items can be stored in their own boxes. I keep the manuals with the box as well, then can find them easily when I need them.

Step 38: Miscellaneous Storage Units

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I know, lots of boxes, huh. But they all come in handy when it's time to find something.

Step 39: A Recent Instructable

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See How To Make A Purse of Denim.
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rnel11 year ago

Thank you so much! I have a lot of new ideas thanks to you.

djsfantasi1 year ago
I make faux rocks by weaving a web of cardboard strips into the outer shape I want and coating them like you.
mikolynn1 year ago
me14231 year ago
thanks for the ideas!
Lamlamomo2 years ago
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HelenaTroy2 years ago
how did you attach the shelves, please? I've got several small ie shallow boxes that hold various A4 paper and labels, but at the moment they're stacked, and you can bet whichever one I want will be at the bottom of the stack! As paper weighs a bit when there's a lot of it, I'd need securely-fixed shelves. Ps I'm not so much low-tech as no-tech, so would need a fairly simple way to hold them - more secure than I've managed so far, anyway!
shazni2 years ago
I just saw this in the side panel of my stackable toy box instructable and clicked and was amazed at the masks and cardboard lettering, and furniture. wow...amazing use of cardboard!
Creativeman (author)  shazni2 years ago
Thanks for noticing!
metalart723 years ago
I am definately impressed with this instructable. I especially like the craft paint organizer. In fact I liked it so much I featured it in my article http://www.squidoo.com/acrylic-craft-paints
Creativeman (author)  metalart723 years ago
Thank you. Nice article btw.
Step 7: Project Boxes
simple as it is, i love this one. i have tons of ideas going at once, so these would really neaten up my spaces.
mathijss4 years ago
Hi Creative Man! We love the cardboard too :-) Check http://www.cardboarders.com , it's about all sorts of cardboard artists!
Creativeman (author)  mathijss3 years ago
Checked out you site, pretty amazing work my man! The laser cutting has been out of my reach but I can see where it "adds" a new dimension to this type of art. Great projects, keep up the good work.
Hi! Don't you have a fablab in your area? I love that concept!
Creativeman (author)  mathijss3 years ago
Have never heard of one....besides, I like the concept of making stuff with reg. tools, easily obtained, and once paid for, there is no charge for making stuff. Which underlies the concept of "free material" that is reusable, recyclable, etc. That material is everywhere.
roheelm4 years ago
can i have the dimensions for the tool organizer
Lawknee4 years ago
Oh wow, this is nifty! Now, I gotta find a place to put THIS new addition to my laundry routine.
LaBeasy4 years ago
Thats awesome...
kerbear4 years ago
Too Cool!! I never finished my cardboard shelving project. Totally inspired. And I clearly need a bandsaw if I plan to continue building with cardboard. :) Great job!
psyoper224 years ago
thumbs up for Trader Joe's!!
psyoper224 years ago
davee52uk4 years ago
...actually the drawer dividers are a bit like the post below form Beagles but I cut out pieces rather than use existing small boxes.
Creativeman (author)  davee52uk4 years ago
Thanks for your comments davee52uk
davee52uk4 years ago
I have made a series of dividers that fit into Ikea wirde drawers. These are for my pants (underwear, I don't know what they are called in USA) and socks. Also hope to do something similar for shoes and sweaters.

Also how about an Art folder for carrying pictures about? Need a large cardboard box to start with.

I used to make boxes to store paper when I was a teacher and got pupils to do the cutting when they were in Detention !

Also there is the whole are of card modelling. There are vast numbers of card models available from manufacturers in Germany and Poland.
davee52uk4 years ago
I have made model boats out of cardboard. You need to spray the cardbaord with car paint and then paint normally. This should make the hull water proof.

I have made a number of boats with electric power.
Beagles4 years ago
Forgot one. When it comes to organizing that shelf in a closet, I get the same size boxes and pile them on their sides to form "pigeon holes". Good for storing hats, scarves, gloves, and so many more items. Use any size box that is useful and meets your needs.
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Beagles4 years ago
Very creative ideas here. A couple of things I made, are slip cover boxes for back issuse of magazines and trays for holding (about 25) CD's on shelves or in a cupboard.
CrimsonCrow5 years ago
Creativeman, I didn't want this to end!

You have given me so many ideas. I want a bandsaw!

Thank you for taking the time to post all this!
 did you paint these yourself? they look great.  If not, how did you copy them onto the cardboard?
Creativeman (author)  bono80kuriks5 years ago
painted on with acrylic paint. thanks for your comment. Cman
stykzorz5 years ago
 i LOVE this!!! im totally going to make something like this for my mom - she ADORES chickens. <3
You're so very talented and creative! Stunning flowers, leaves and butterfly!
momoo19565 years ago
Joe Martin5 years ago
You don't happen to like cardboard much, do you?

MamaSmurf5 years ago
These projects bring back memories. I used to make macaroni and cheese for my children when younger and used all the cheese box bottoms for things. I took four and put in a larger box to make drawers for each child for storing stuff. I did paint them each a different color first. I used left over and found knobs for handles. Ribbon strung thru two holes worked, too. I have even made drawers for the Barbie houses. Faster and cheaper than plastic canvas crafts.
Typogoddess5 years ago
This really made my day. I like how you respond to every comment with a thanks.
Creativeman (author)  Typogoddess5 years ago
Thanks for the comment, Typogoddess!  Cman
Coliflower5 years ago
Very good, five stars.

You've solved tons of these problems, but you've created one more:

Finding enough cardboard.
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