Make a Cardboard Bookcase

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Introduction: Make a Cardboard Bookcase

Got too many books? Got a box? Then you have the main ingredients to make a cheap bookcase.

Note: Almost all steps are accompanied with images.

Image of a finished bookcase below.

Step 1: Materials Needed

Step 2: Optional Step: Tape Bottom of Box

This step is not necessary, because most boxes are pre-taped. However, if you bought compacted boxes, you need to tape one side of the box shut.

Step 3: Step 1: Cut Flaps Off Box

A) Use the box knife to cut off a flap of the box. Be careful, you can cut yourself if you aren't.

B) Repeat  step A) 3 more times.

Step 4: Step 2: Make and Insert Shelf

A) Take the shorter flaps.

B) Staple them together.

C) Fold the longer flaps in half. (Groove the middle of the flaps to help fold.)

D) Put the longer flaps around the two connected shorter flaps as shown in accompanying image.

E) Staple them together.

F) Insert shelf into box.

G) Staple sides of shelf to box.

Step 5: Step 3: Finishing Touches

You are finished! You can personalize it as you want or you can make another one. Have fun!

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    That was really great! Any tips on making it not look like cardboard or is that the point?

    2 replies

    You could try doing a really good paper mache job around it. It'd also strengthen the cardboard. after it's fully dry.

    As I said in the last step, you can paint it to change the color and you could fix any rough edges by going back over it with a knife. You could fix any gaps with a little bit of cardboard. Other than that can't help you much.