Cardboard Bookshelf




Introduction: Cardboard Bookshelf

I'm a high school student with an overactive imagination who adores to discover new perspectives ...

The quality of being organized is indeed one of the most important pillars of success. As designers and engineers, our job is to create means that help people improve their lives. In this case, it's a shelf. It doesn’t have to be the most incredible shelf in the world. It just has to be a shelf that anyone, anywhere, can make and have fun making it. I love collecting things from around the house and recycling them into things I can use. It's like giving your belongings a new life.

Let's start by gathering the supplies needed:


PART 1: Assembling Cardboards:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors /Retractable art blade

PART 2: Strengthening Cardboard:

  • Old newspapers
  • Liquid white glue
  • Foam Core Board

PART 3: Decoration:

  • Construction Paper
  • Stickers

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Step 1: Cut Edges

After you have decided how you want to assemble your bookshelf, cut the unwanted edges of the boxes. You can discard them or keep them for another project

**Tip: Using a retractable art blade will speed the process, but scissors are okay too.**

Step 2: Assemble

After you have got rid of the unwanted pieces of cardboard around the edges, it's time to put the boxes together. For best results, use hot glue but if you don’t have any, liquid glue will be fine too.
To ensure the strength of the structure make sure to apply hot glue or liquid glue around on the sides, center, and where the boxes meet.

Step 3: Strengthening the Bookshelf

Now it's time to increase the strength of the shelf. To start, apply a layer of white glue and old newspapers all over the shelf. This will increase the longevity of the shelf.

Next, glue pieces of foam core board to the interior walls, which will help the shelf hold more of your precious belongings.

Step 4: Creating Side Box

This is an extra step that you can skip if you think you have enough space.

Cut a triangular prism, as shown in the picture above, it doesn't have to be perfect.

Glue in the middle to either side of the shelf.

Step 5: Decorate

This the step where your imagination takes flight. Bring your inner creative self to the surface and let it free.

I used construction paper and stickers to decorate the shelf, but the options are unlimited. You can use paint or you can even use wallpaper, which is usually used for house decoration purposes.

The most important thing is that you create something that gives you comfort whenever you look at it and reflects your personality.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    16 days ago

    Nice job putting this shelf together :)