In this instructable I'll show you how to create a box made mainly out of cardboard and papier mache, in the shape of anything you like.
I originally made this as a present for my girlfriend, as a travel box for her ancient stuffed animal that by now is hanging together with nothing but spit and prayer, but she still insists to take it everywhere :-). So I needed something sturdy, and with a very specific shape (For orginitality's sake, I didn't want to settle with just a rectangular box.)
This instructable is based on Bindlestiff's anatomical heart shaped box, so a lot of credit goes to him.
It took me about 10 hours to complete (but I went for the deluxe finish, with a felt sheet inside so the bunny is real comfy in there :-D)
So! Let's get started.
*cheers* Thanks a lot for the frontpage feature, guys!
This encourages me to post more of my random craftings to instructables.
My problem is that I usually just forget to take pictures along the way :-)
Thanks again for the recognition, I'm honored !
Step 1: Needed
I used a sheet of about 2mm. thick for the bottom and top of the box, and just cereal box carboard for the sides.
Just have a look at what you have laying around. The cardboard doesn't determine the sturdyness yet, the paper mache glue/varnish will.
- Paper mache glue / varnish / isolator.
I used this specialized product I found in the local hobby shop, it's a glue/varnish by a brand named "Artemio" (artemio.be). It can be used both to glue the strips of paper to the cardboard and each other, and to add a finishing coat of varnish. It becomes very hard when it dries.
But I'm pretty sure wallpaper paste (or any other paste normally used for paper mache) will also work, just make sure that it hardens when it dries.
Preferably something that dries quickly, like superglue.
I used acryllics.
- (optional) Some sheets of felt (or any cloth at all) to decorate the inside.
- (optional) A filling paste of some sorts, to smooth out the inside edges.
Very basic; drawing tools, a cutter, a ruler, a brush, and a stapler if you want to decorate the inside with cloth.