Intro: Cardboard Catch-all Shelf
Unlike my old apartment, my new one has very little space in near the door for a place where I can drop my keys, phone, etc. when I get home - even a small table would be in the way. A little shelf, however, would do just fine!
With just some cardboard and push pins, I was able to whip one up that looks pretty nice.
note: I have since upgraded toCardboard Catch-all Shelf (2nd edition)which I find to be a little prettier and this one is a little bit minimalist for me, but that's just my opinion.
Step 1: You'll Need. . .
- - the template provided here (if you wanted, you could add in some interesting background down the sides and along the top using Photoshop/G.I.M.P./similar programs and the attach the paper to the cardboard)
- - a piece of cardboard cut to 8.5"x11" (if yours has folds like mine did, make sure to align those where you'll want the folds when you form the shelf)
- - small craft blade and scissors
- - some push pins (I used 9, but you could likely use less)
- - glue (optional)
Step 2: Cut and Fold
- Place the printed template over your cardboard
- Hold it down firmly (or glue/tape it down) and cut around the entire gray portion EXCEPT the bottom edge
- Make the three folds as indicated in the previous step
- Slide the top two tabs behind the hole formed by the cuts
- Gently slide down until the tabs are past the notches near the bottom
- Using some push pins, affix your shelf to the wall
- Voila! Simple storage for keys and a phone that won't be in the way!