Several of my cardboard furniture designs needed swinging doors and the puppet stage as well. Finally after a few experiments, I made three types of hinges for my furniture. They are durable, easy to make and look great.
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Step 1: Duct Tape Hinge
The first hinge I came up with uses cardboard and duct tape.
1. Draw the design on a thick piece of cardboard.
2. The extra long flaps are for folding over to create a tube for the wiring later on.
3. Cover with duct tape.
4. Drill holes
5. Loop a piece of aluminium garden wire through the hinge then fold over the back to create a strong spine. ( I used black coated aluminium garden wire which is extremely sturdy).
6. Spray with gold paint for a kind-of metallic look.
When attaching to cardboard furniture, it is useful to glue some masonite to the hingeing area before gluing this hinge to the masonite for a stable support.
Step 2: Plastic Hinge
This type of hinge was inspired by a plastic folder. I noticed how durable the hinge was even for a very thin piece of plastic. It's a perfect material for hinge making.
What's great is no soldering is necessary just strong aluminium wire and a bit of plastic.
1. Cut the desired shape.
2. Indent holes for the rings.
3. Cut some rings for this hinge then stabilise the spine of your hinge with another bit of wire folded over.
Step 3: Copper Foil Sticky Tape Hinge
This type of hinge is an extension of the duct tape hinge.
1. Cut the desired shape on a thin piece off cardboard.
2. Cover with duct tape.
3. Now cover with copper foil sticky tape.
It's not really necessary but looks cosmetically good on cardboard doors.