Introduction: Emergency Cardboard Dustpan (with 4 Features)

Some days ago, my dustpan was broken. Last night, suddenly I woke up with this design in my mind (I was really surprised) and realized this will become an instructable. Here you have!

It has four features:

- Handle.
- Anti-turnover.
- Flexible strip.
- Broom cleaning.

If you cannot buy a new dustpan, this can be useful for some days. And it works fine!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

You need:

- Cardboard 30 cm x 36 cm (medium or thick).
- Tube -coming from old dustpan- (if you don't have any, always you can use it without).
- White glue.
- Box tape.
- Ruler and pencil.
- Scissors and cutter.
- Cutting mat (I'm using thick cardboard).

Also some clothespins will help later.

Step 2: Cutting and Scoring

Cut one piece of cardboard as shown in schema. Solid lines are for cutting, dotted lines for folding.
The diameter of my tube is 2 cm, you must adapt both detailed sections to yours.

Score dotted lines helping with scissors or cutter.

Finally, draw some teeth in one side and cut them with scissors.

Step 3: Folding and Glueing

Fold by dotted lines and then glue both wings, taking care not to glue flaps. Clothespins will help now. Wait to dry as product indicates.

Step 4: Finishing

Now, cut a piece of tape and put on on the edge, taking care it must protrude a little (this helps collecting dust).

Put on the tube carefully, with circular motion. If the cardboard doesn't support its weight, I suggest you to reinforce it glueing a rear piece of cardboard and some tape.

Remember to recycle cardboard when not using any more, removing tube and tape.

Work is done!


Mojo_JoJo (author)2011-06-03

Just some of the things you never think would end up as an instructable, good one.. :-)
Here's a smaller and simpler one I have been using for quite a few months now. The handle is one of those metal panels from the rear of a computer case.

ansanma (author)Mojo_JoJo2011-06-09

Thanks a lot for your photo. Maybe you can consider create an ible about that...

SparkyParks (author)2009-09-29

Fantastic! Simple and functional, the way all instructables should be.

james.mcglashan (author)2009-09-12

sorry i was to late to vote sorry.

PlutoPirate (author)2009-08-31

Very Very nice! I'm now looking for some cardboard to help me to clean my old wooden floor (;

Ninzerbean (author)2009-08-21

You're supposed to say it works like a dream.

ansanma (author)Ninzerbean2009-08-21

That's right! :D

ChrysN (author)2009-08-21

Great design, well done.

kevinhannan (author)2009-08-21

I like this!

diznee4me (author)2009-08-21

This is very clever! I always use my vaccuum for cleaning up my floors, but if you need a cheap/free dustpan, this is really great! Very nice instructable. :D

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