Cardboard Catch-all Shelf (2nd Edition)

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Though it's served its purpose, the Cardboard Catch-all Shelf I made to toss my stuff on just wasn't all that pretty. This one, however, not only holds a phone and keys, but also looks pretty nice!

Step 1: You'll Need. . .

  • - the template here (can be modified in Photoshop/G.I.M.P./similar programs to add designs or patters - the shelf can also be made without the paper if you like the look of plain cardboard) - note that you should cut so that the gray portions are left behind; the thick black lines are the tab cuts and the thin black lines are folds
  • - some cardboard (enough for an 8" diameter round and a 9"x4" strip)
  • - scissors
  • - glue (if you want to stick the paper on, if not, you don't need it)
  • - some push pins

Step 2: Cut and Hang

  1. Attach the templates to the cardboard using glue. If your cardboard has folds like mine did, make sure to align those with the folds that will be made in the final shelf.
  2. Cut out the two pieces
  3. Cut the tabs in both pieces and make the folds
  4. Slide the two together
  5. Use the push pins to affix it to the wall
  6. Enjoy your pretty new shelf!
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    18 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 1

    I was thinking you might try adding a Lip to the top so as to catch change. or other small items

     this is just awesome. great idea and way to use those extra boxes laying around once you move in.

    That's so nice of you, thank you! Please feel free to post pictures if you make one.

    Thanks so much for your suggestions! Personally, I don't mind the pins since they end up being almost totally covered, but velcro might also work if the pins where bothersome. I don't know if soap would side off, but that's an interesting idea!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    That is a great idea!
    And refering to bruc33efs comment:
    Is it possible to paint it with some white paper glue diluted in some water, to give it a water resistant finishing touch after it dries?
    Thank you for your posting!
    I'm going to put it in practice!

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    Thanks so much! I'm sure you could apply some kind of varnish or whatever to coat it, but I haven't really had a problem yet (I suppose if it were more humid, it could be an issue though). I hope yours turns out well - please feel free to post pictures!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I think it's a really good idea -- both of them. Cardboard is an under-used and under-appreciated resource. The only things that would degrade these shelves are weight and moisture but with a little caution they should work fine. Nice job!

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    Thanks so much! With the nine push pins, both were able to hold my phone and keys - pretty impressive I think.