Introduction: The Bookshelf in 2 Ways... How to Recycle Used Cardboards to Create Customized Furniture!

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

I love working cardboard because it is the best way to
express my limitless creativity!

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This is the step by step of one of my first furniture: The bookshelf in 2 ways!

Step 1: Step 1: Shape and Cut

When I imagined it, I didn’t know exactly where it would fit so I decided to have 2 options !
My idea was to give the impression that the shelves were falling apart but I respected the balance to avoid it to really happen!

You can make 4 squares with different sizes, depths... for this one I give my measurements in cm!

I used a another technique : “meshing”.This technique is the most used. We need 3 profiles (facade, intermediate and background). The intermediate one will be the skeleton, in which we will make notches that will take crosspieces. This method ensures the strength of the furniture.
So I did 4 squares with 3 profiles for each.

Next step, I covered my 4 squares and protected the edges with gummed tape

Step 2: Step 2 : Assembly

Then I chose a shape and I decided to put this bookshelf either upright or in horizontal way. I put the furniture up along the wall and then the floor ! I stuck the parts together with a glue gun and sealed them with gummed tape.

Step 3: Step 3: Finishing and Decoration

For the finishing stage, I waterproofed the whole furniture as usual and this time I coated it with a plaster and gave it a texture using a tape knife.

A very light sanding and it’s time to paint !


hardlydavidson (author)2014-11-01

hey this is nicely done but I'd love to how you actually made it. the key stages are missing the instructions that would actually help replicate this. hope you add those. thanks mate.


It s my first time on the site. I'll do my best to give you more details on the next project. Thanks for your support!

Uncle Kudzu (author)2014-10-08

Very nice! How did you cut the cardboard so cleanly?


I cut it with a cutter. I use a jigsaw for curves.

seamster (author)2014-10-07

This looks very interesting!

Can you share some more info on the actual techniques used to create this type of structure? People would love to see that!

AlinesCardboard (author)seamster2014-10-07

Thanks for your comment.
It exists 2 others techniques. The first one consists in sticking several sheets of cardboard together. For the other one, we need 2 profiles and we stick crosspieces perpendicularly (looks like a honeycomb structure). I already made severals pieces with that last method.

seamster (author)AlinesCardboard2014-10-07

Cool! Looks like an excellent medium to work with. Can't wait to see more posts from 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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