Intro: How to Make a Cardboard Cheese Stool
I like to play with color and weird themes when decorating my spaces. However, not everyone likes my ideas on how the spaces should be decorated. And I don't have a lot of free cash. This is very restricting to my otherwise amazing decorating ideas.
So I decided to make my own seat. Take that, people who don't like my ideas.
I had been reading an article online (I can't find it anymore, else I would give you a link) about corrugation, and that gave me the idea for the seat. It worked, and I like cheese, therefore, cheese seat.
Let's get started.
Step 1: You Will Need...
- A large cardboard box, plus some extra cardboard
- Wrapping paper (preferably yellow)
- Orange crayon (not shown)
- Tape, although I would suggest also using hot glue.
Step 2: Corrugation
Cardboard is corrugated along one edge. That's the wavy part in the photo. It's kind of like a bendy straw. You can easily collapse it along the side with the corrugation. However, if you turn it sideways, it's more stable.
Take a look at the photo from a later step. See how the corrugation is up? Remember to keep the cardboard that way so it does not bend as much.
Step 3: Cut Up the Box
Cut the box into 3 sections of different sizes. Again, make sure the corrugation is going up.
Step 4: Fold
Fold your section into thirds and tape it closed. Repeat for the other two, making the last one with a longer point.
Step 5: Begin Construction.
Tape the triangles together, one inside another. This strengthens the seat so it can hold people.Repeat on the bottom.
Step 6: Create Cover.
Take three smaller pieces of cardboard and trace the shape of the seat onto them. Make sure the corrugation is going in different directions on two of them.
Step 7: Attach.
Tape the covers that go in different directions onto the top of the seat. Flip over and tape the third piece onto the bottom.
Step 8: Wrap.
Wrap the seat in yellow wrapping paper. I did this by taping the edge to the seat, wrapping it around, and then taping the other edge down.
Step 9: Add a Topper.
Fold the edges down and tape them so they stay. Then trace the shape of the top on wrapping paper and cut it out. Glue it down. (tape = bad idea)
Step 10: Add Spots.
I used a crayon to draw on spots so that my seat looked like cheese. Because cheese is tasty.
Step 11: The End & Revisions
Yes, you can sit on the stool. Thanks to the wonders of corrugation, it does not bend or break under the weight of a human. So now you have a seat! And, you made it for a really cheap price using materials that would normally go to waste! YAY!
I would totally make some changes the next time I do this.
- Use glue. I've already had to glue down a bunch of spots, and I feel the cardboard would like hot glue better.
- Use stencils and paint instead of crayon. It would have looked a lot smoother.
- Made it bigger. This would require a bigger box, but it would fit a larger person.
- Covered it in fabric. Much comfier.
Do you have any improvements?