Introduction: Beer Box Collectables
This is an Instructable on how to recycle the empty beer boxes many people throw away and transform it into a collectable you can show off to all your friends. While you must be 21 years old to drink the beer inside the cases, there is not an age requirement to take the empty box and transform it into something special. As a summer camp counselor I have made several cubes like this one with kids that are 5 years old and older. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. It's quick, simple, and fun to do. Good luck!
Step 1: Gather
Gather the tools and equipment you will need for assemble this project. You will need
-Empty box of beer cans (12-, 20-, 30-packs work well)
Step 2: Cut
Cut out the side of the box that you wish to use to make your cube. Try to cut out a piece the size of standard printing paper which is 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches long.
Step 3: Trace
Trace your central square in the upper 1/3 of your paper while you hold it with the shorter end on top. If you are not sure if the design will fit on the paper you have, I recommend you measure each side of the central square to be 2 inches. If you're using the standard 8" wide and 11.5" long size paper, the entire template should easily fit if you use squares with 2 inch sides.
Step 4: Trace 3 More
Trace 3 more squares with the same dimensions as the central square. Trace one box to the left, one above, and one to the right of the central square.
Step 5: Trace 2 More
Trace two more squares with the same dimensions as the central square directly below the central square.
Step 6: Cut
Cut the perimeter of the template.
Step 7: Fold
Fold over the lines between the squares.
Step 8: Tape
Take a piece of tape approximately the same length as each side of your squares, and tape the bottom edge of the longer part of the template to the top edge of the square above the central square.
Step 9: Tape (Part 2)
Tape all the remaining edges of your cube.
Step 10: Conclusion
At this point you have arrived at the completion point of your cube. The maintenance of the cube is fairly simple. Handle it with care, and it should stay together and maintain the same appearance for a long time. However if you sit on it, it will surely break. I made the bigger of the two cubes using the same steps as those listed on this Instructable, just changing the lengths of all the squares from 2 inches to 3 inches. Enjoy collecting them all!