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In this Instructable I will show you how to make a decorative an useful tray that i made out of mainly composed of cardboard. It's great if you have just moved and have lots of cardboard boxes.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Large cardboard box
Elmers glue
sissors
ruler
pencil
screwdriver
masking tape
cardstock
white paint and paint brush
long wire
coarse sand paper

Step 2: Unfold the box

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Completely unfold the box.

Step 3:

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using the ruler and a pencil, cut out five 34cm by 40cm rectangles.

Step 4: Drawing the borders

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Choose one of the nicer rectangles and put it aside. Using the ruler and pencil, draw 4 cm borders from the sides on the other 4 rectangles. cut out the inside of 3 out of the 4 rectangles you just drew.

Step 5: Make a triangle template

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Using your card stock, cut out an equilateral triangle where one side id 3 cm. Take the rectangle with the border you did not cut out and use it to trace around the border(easier shown in the pictures). Cut the center out like the other rectangles, except cut out around the triangles.

Step 6: Gluing the trio together

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Take the three rectangles w/ the centers cut out and glue them together. Sand the inside and outsides to clean and fix any unevenness.

Step 7: Holes for the handles

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Find the center of the shorter side of the three pieces we just glued and draw a line 4 cm from the left and right of it. do this on both sides. Draw one horizontal line that intercepts both of these lines that is 2cm from the top and 2cm from the bottom. View pictures for better understanding. Poke holes w/ your pencil where these lines cross.

Step 8: More glue

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Glue the rectangle w/ the triangle border to the board that has not been cut yet.

Step 9: Handles

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Take a piece of extra cardboard and cut out two rectangles that are 15cm by 22cm. Draw 3 vertical lines at 3.5cm, 7.5cm, and 11.5cm. Cut from the bottem corners to the top where it meets the lines(refer to the handy dandy pictures below) on both rectangles. Peel off the top layer off both of the quaterlaterals and put glue on it. Roll it up and hold it tightly until it dries.
sunshiine3 years ago
This tray is very cute. I like the design.
chaoshawk4 years ago
he got that out of a book
origamic12 (author)  chaoshawk4 years ago
Yes, I did get the idea from a book; however if you took the time to look, they have very noticeable differences.
origamic12 (author) 5 years ago
Thanks. when I first make it without them, it looked a little plain, so i added them in as a twist.
Now it looks so professional!
ChrysN5 years ago
NIce, I like how you did the handles and the triangle borders.