Boxes are useful things, they can keep all your treasures safe or help you stay organized.
Collapsible: to fold up; put away; pack up; fold down; or to minimize
Having collapsible items minimizes space when not in use, and can provide a tidy solution to otherwise bulky items.
So, what happens when you combine them? A collapsible box, of course!
This box uses a bamboo placemat as the rigid outer shell, with scrap wood for the sides. The box retains its shape with the use of hook & loop fasteners (Velcro) along the sides, which also allow the box to be collapsed when not in use.
Enough talk, let’s collapse some boxes!
Step 1: Tools + materials
Step 2: Measure box dimensions
A simple method to create a square-ended box would be to measure the length of the placemat and divide by four, giving a box which has equal depth and height. However I chose a design which created a box slightly higher than it is wide. To complete this I wrapped the placemat around several paperback books until I found the right combination to allow the placemat to be wrapped once with a slight overlap where the ends met. Then, I traced the dimensions of the books to a scrap piece of plywood and cut each end out.
Remove any burrs and sand edges of end pieces smooth.