Emergency Cardboard Dustpan (with 4 Features)




Introduction: Emergency Cardboard Dustpan (with 4 Features)

Some days ago, my dustpan was broken. Last night, suddenly I woke up with this design in my mind (I was really surprised) and realized this will become an instructable. Here you have!

It has four features:

- Handle.
- Anti-turnover.
- Flexible strip.
- Broom cleaning.

If you cannot buy a new dustpan, this can be useful for some days. And it works fine!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

You need:

- Cardboard 30 cm x 36 cm (medium or thick).
- Tube -coming from old dustpan- (if you don't have any, always you can use it without).
- White glue.
- Box tape.
- Ruler and pencil.
- Scissors and cutter.
- Cutting mat (I'm using thick cardboard).

Also some clothespins will help later.

Step 2: Cutting and Scoring

Cut one piece of cardboard as shown in schema. Solid lines are for cutting, dotted lines for folding.
The diameter of my tube is 2 cm, you must adapt both detailed sections to yours.

Score dotted lines helping with scissors or cutter.

Finally, draw some teeth in one side and cut them with scissors.

Step 3: Folding and Glueing

Fold by dotted lines and then glue both wings, taking care not to glue flaps. Clothespins will help now. Wait to dry as product indicates.

Step 4: Finishing

Now, cut a piece of tape and put on on the edge, taking care it must protrude a little (this helps collecting dust).

Put on the tube carefully, with circular motion. If the cardboard doesn't support its weight, I suggest you to reinforce it glueing a rear piece of cardboard and some tape.

Remember to recycle cardboard when not using any more, removing tube and tape.

Work is done!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Just some of the things you never think would end up as an instructable, good one.. :-)
    Here's a smaller and simpler one I have been using for quite a few months now. The handle is one of those metal panels from the rear of a computer case.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks a lot for your photo. Maybe you can consider create an ible about that...


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Fantastic! Simple and functional, the way all instructables should be.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Very Very nice! I'm now looking for some cardboard to help me to clean my old wooden floor (;


    12 years ago on Introduction

    This is very clever! I always use my vaccuum for cleaning up my floors, but if you need a cheap/free dustpan, this is really great! Very nice instructable. :D