Introduction: Hanging Bookshelf From Cardboard Tubes

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i made this shelf out of thick cardboard tubes in 2002.

i found the tubes in the trash, left over from fabric bolts. maybe ask a local fabric store if they have any. i was living in LA, if you live there, you can find loads of these downtown near 9th and maple.

i wrapped string around each tube, connecting it to the next one, similar to bamboo mats. i wish i had step-by-step pics, but i don't. if i remember correctly each shelf is 5 tubes deep.

next i painted them with leftoever green house paint with watery blue acryllic on top, to give it more of a bamboo effect. the housepaint helped solidify the twine so the tubes didn't rotate in the string.

finally i drilled some holes in the ends and hung it from ceiling rafters.

i eventually sold this on craigslist when we moved...maybe i'll see it online somewhere else.

it held up really well. those books were really heavy.

here's the large image on flickr:


KwartzKitten (author)2014-05-13

Hey, I work in a fabric store! They usually don't let people take the tubes home(so they can be re-purposed in-store) but if I can get my hands on some want me to try making this so there's instructions for it?

XMalice (author)2011-09-24

Yeah, I'm disappointed there's no actually instructable here.

collince (author)2011-08-04

wow super cool artsyfartygirl! keep me posted!

ArtsyFartsyGirl (author)2011-06-25

Very Cool! I've often wondered what I could do with those. Now I'm thinking of making a wardrobe out of them, but I might have to curtain the front of it, cuz I can't think of how to make doors. Can we mind-meld like the Vulcans?

collince (author)2011-06-13

Soooooo... How did you make it?!?

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