That begins with the wish to replace my baskets (turned upside down) which served as side tables in my formal living.
I wanted something curved but not too much – because my husband prefers square and angled stuff – small, but with storage space for blankets…

Step 1: Find Out the Internal Structure...

I had no idea how I would do it ! So, I made a really small one (you still see the glue filament) ! For the anecdote, my daughter reused it to a “Playmobil furniture”!

This copy in scale gave me a good idea of the furniture’s skeleton. Let’s get to work!

Step 2: Cut the Profiles

The first step is to find cardboard in good shape. Trace and cut out 4 profiles.

Step 3: The Feet...

Next, I used the “fitting” technique. This technique involves cutting out crosspieces of the same depth and stick them perpendicularly to 2 profiles. I did that twice and obtained that :

Step 4: Build It...

Next step, I assembled these 2 new “thicker” profiles and used the same technique to fill the bottom and the top plates.
After checking the furniture is straight and making adjustments when necessary, I covered the sides still empty with pieces of cardboard.

Step 5: Cover the Side, Sand and Set Up Before Decorate

Time now to protect the furniture to give it the chance to wear well!
I had to sand the edges to make them smooth, before waterproofing the whole furniture and protecting every edges applying a gummed tape. Then I covered it all with a finishing layer of Gesso.
While waiting for everything to be completely dry, I made another one!

Step 6: Decoration With Newspaper

Finally, I chose to decorate it mostly with international newspapers and some part with grey paint.

The result is pretty cool, he?

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<p>i am finally making this for my mom!</p><p>i'm 11</p>
<p>I favorited because I want to make it if I find enough cardboard!</p>
<p>Can you use some varnish or something like that to cover the newspaper? Something transparent to protect it from damage while used?</p>
What's a Gesso? What can I substitute it with?
<p>Hi, Gesso is a paint primer that Artists put their canvas. You can use a regular primer.</p>
Very cool I like it
Thank you!

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Bio: I transform and design used cardboards into unique works of Art that can be used as furniture or home décor and accessories.
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