11 Ways to Cut and Connect Cardboard

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Introduction: 11 Ways to Cut and Connect Cardboard

About: Aaron Maurer is currently serving as STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA and the Founder of a non profit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. Prior to this he served as an Instructional Coach for Bettendorf Middle S…

I created this display of 11 techniques for cardboard for an upcoming two day Make Yourself Into a Maker Workshop I run for educators. One of the days is a challenge to create something out of cardboard that you can use in your classroom.

After running the workshop a few times I realized that it might be good to share some techniques with educators so that they can learn themselves as well as empower students. As an educator this can be a mini maker lesson in itself having students work through the techniques. I shared 11 and I am sure there are many more so perhaps in the future I will develop more techniques, but these are the ones I use most often.

I also have a YouTube video where I demo and teach each technique in hopes that it helps you learn and also provides another resource for your makerspace.

Finally, I also included down below the files for the labels I made in case you want to use them. These are in .lbx format so you will need a label printer.


Here is my folder of the 11 labels I used for the display. I printed them out one of my go to tools of all time, the Brother Label Printer. If you do anything with these materials, then please let me know. I would love to see students(adults and kids) in action learning. The more the we share, the more we empower one another!

Step 1: Gather Tools

Grab the tools that you need. I love my Zip Snip and Canary Knife, and Boxcutters, but in a pinch the MakeDo tool and scissors also work.

Step 2: Examples 1-6

Grab some scrap cardboard and give these a try. Leave a comment showcasing your work and how you could use these techniques into your builds?

Step 3: Example 7-11

Grab some scrap cardboard and give these a try. Leave a comment showcasing your work and how you could use these techniques into your builds?

Step 4: Video Guide

If you need to watch how I cut and connect, then this video will help you see the process.

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    8 Comments

    1
    kai or jax
    kai or jax

    6 months ago

    thx! this is really helpful! ive gotten into make cosplay props and was having truble with the cardboard.

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    marinelataylor
    marinelataylor

    7 months ago

    Thank you so much! I am an art teacher trying to teach sculpture remotely and this has helped the students tremendously. Thank you for your contribution to education!

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    coffeechug
    coffeechug

    Reply 7 months ago

    Thank you for this comment. It means so much to me that the work was helpful. It is so nice to read a positive comment.

    And thank you for finding ways to make hands on learning work during these tough times. My heart goes out to you!

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    Ro0sz
    Ro0sz

    10 months ago

    In the picture shown at the first step, what is the name of the fourth tool? The black one with the holes in it.

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    mykyleus74
    mykyleus74

    10 months ago on Introduction

    hello just wondering this zip snip where did you get it ?

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    Marve48
    Marve48

    11 months ago

    Brillant!!