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Ever since we moved into our apartment, we've had a kitchen cupboard stuffed full of all the odds and ends that wouldn't fit anywhere else. I always wanted to tackle this mess, but frankly kept putting it off. Once I finally worked up the motivation to start, I decided to use cardboard to create an organizer as I thought perhaps it would make the construction easier and quicker. As it turns out, cardboard isn't as easy to work with as I thought, but I was still able to accomplish what I set out to do. Let's get started.

Step 1: What I Used

The materials for this build are very limited:

Cardboard (I picked up from the dumpster)

Glue (I used Elmer's wood glue, but lots of glues would work)

Wood Filler

Spray Paint

The tools needed are also quite simple:

Ruler

Knives (X-Acto, utility knife, and/or razor blade)

Bending Brake (Ok, so this is totally unnecessary, but I had one that I just made)

Heavy Duty Paper Cutter (Also not necessary, but saved some time)

Small Clamps

Heavy Books

Trough for Wood Filler

Sand Paper

<p>Really awesome project! The production quality of the video is really great!</p>
<p>Thanks! I'm glad you appreciated it :-)</p>
<p>I have to admit, english is not my native language, and when I first saw the first picture I said &quot;no, probably cardboard is not what I think&quot; because... Well, it doesn't look like cardboard anymore. It seems much more solid and professional. Very good job! And thanks for sharing</p>
<p>Thanks! I was hoping it would be even a bit more professional, but it was my first cardboard project so I'm happy with it.</p>
<p>might help to prime it with a mix of glue and water before painting so the paint doesn't soak in</p>
<p>Not a bad idea. Thanks!</p>
<p>A great examples of recycling things :)</p>
<p>Thanks. Using what you have on hand is always the best I think.</p>
<p>I soooooo need this in my life! Thanx!!! :)</p>
<p>Haha. I'm glad you like it :-)</p>
very very good! awesome!
<p>Thanks!</p>
<p>I thought it was white foam core board at first (which is expensive.) It looks very sturdy and congrats for using something from the trash!</p>
<p>Thanks! It is surprisingly sturdy, which is what I was going for. If I had a thicker cardboard I probably could have got away with 1 layer as I'm not sitting on this or anything.</p>
<p>looks very nice! I also did something similar with foamcore. We have a cupboard filled with various water bottles and acrylic cups (like from Starbucks) and it was hard to reach for things in the back. I made this so that each one is accessible without having to take out the ones in front or knock them over. Additionally, it was a good time to also donate the ones we rarely use :-)</p><p>So far it's been working well, but I wouldn't place super heavy items in the slots. The panels are assembled by cutting slots halfway through and then sliding them together. Like makjosher, to do it again, I would use 1/4&quot; plywood next time.</p>
<p>That is a really great solution for you problem! I'm sure it was much easier to make than mine :-) We too have a few things to donate from our cupboard.</p>
<p>This is a great way to save shelf space! The store bought organizers add up quick and aren't as adjustable in design. :)</p>
<p>I'm glad you like it :-) I did need something more versatile. Still, I had to work it carefully to make sure everything fit.</p>

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