Picture of Cardboard Catch-all Shelf (2nd Edition)
Though it's served its purpose, the Cardboard Catch-all Shelf I made to toss my stuff on just wasn't all that pretty. This one, however, not only holds a phone and keys, but also looks pretty nice!

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

Picture of You'll Need. . .
  • - the template here (can be modified in Photoshop/G.I.M.P./similar programs to add designs or patters - the shelf can also be made without the paper if you like the look of plain cardboard) - note that you should cut so that the gray portions are left behind; the thick black lines are the tab cuts and the thin black lines are folds
  • - some cardboard (enough for an 8" diameter round and a 9"x4" strip)
  • - scissors
  • - glue (if you want to stick the paper on, if not, you don't need it)
  • - some push pins
support.pdf(576x287) 244 KB
top.pdf(576x576) 495 KB
I was thinking you might try adding a Lip to the top so as to catch change. or other small items
 this is just awesome. great idea and way to use those extra boxes laying around once you move in.
IAE6 years ago
this must catch everything huh?
amakerguy6 years ago
This is very cool and green also!! I love it!!
shesparticular (author)  amakerguy6 years ago
Thanks so much! All your comments are so nice!
solo.card6 years ago
Good idea! A pretty easy concept to modify too... I like you key-ring too,
shesparticular (author)  solo.card6 years ago
Thanks very much!
if you coat the cardboard with a thin layer of polyurethane it should protect it from moisture, and make it look pretty
Great suggestion, thanks! I haven't had a problem with it as is, but for others, polyurethane or some other coating may be helpful.
sk8erdude6 years ago
rumour 2? nice. i have one in orange!
Sl0whand6 years ago
Will do! I like the pattern! Is it an Irish-keltic knot?
shesparticular (author)  Sl0whand6 years ago
It sure is! In case anyone would like the same pattern. . .
supportwithknot.pdf(576x287) 1 MB
topwithknot.pdf(576x576) 2 MB
Sl0whand6 years ago
That is a great idea!
And refering to bruc33efs comment:
Is it possible to paint it with some white paper glue diluted in some water, to give it a water resistant finishing touch after it dries?
Thank you for your posting!
I'm going to put it in practice!
shesparticular (author)  Sl0whand6 years ago
Thanks so much! I'm sure you could apply some kind of varnish or whatever to coat it, but I haven't really had a problem yet (I suppose if it were more humid, it could be an issue though). I hope yours turns out well - please feel free to post pictures!
bruc33ef6 years ago
I think it's a really good idea -- both of them. Cardboard is an under-used and under-appreciated resource. The only things that would degrade these shelves are weight and moisture but with a little caution they should work fine. Nice job!
shesparticular (author)  bruc33ef6 years ago
Thanks so much! With the nine push pins, both were able to hold my phone and keys - pretty impressive I think.