How to Make a Cardboard Telephone

Introduction: How to Make a Cardboard Telephone

I've always had an interest in cardboard. When I was 7 I made a car out of it, but I thought that cardboard models were too simple. I decided to make something out of cardboard that was more complicated. I decided on a phone. And yes, it does work. It took the better part of a day to make, but wasn't very difficult to do so. I'm only 14 and have very few skills in wiring and technology, but was still able to to this easily.

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Step 1: What You Need

You don't need very many things to make this project. You need:
1. Scotch tape
2. Pen (or sharp object)
3. Scissors
4. X-acto knife or other kind of blade
5. Fine point Sharpie
6. Magazine to protect your table when cutting cardboard
7. Old telephone you can completely destroy

Step 2: Take the Phone Apart

The phone i chose was near impossible to open. the base was fairly easy thanks to a screwdriver, but the top part was held together so tightly, i had to pry pieces off of it before i could twist it apart. From there, i unscrewed the circuit board from the phone. I then had all the necessary pieces to work a phone.

Step 3: Cover Phone Essentials With Cardboard

If you have a modern phone, the model you make with cardboard can be smaller because there are fewer components. My phone was pretty old, so it was much bigger than i hoped for. When covering your "guts" of the phone, cut out a space for the keys on a piece of cardboard and for other switches you want to include. On my phone, the mic was at the bottom of the keyboard and the speaker was on the top. Because every phone is different, it is difficult to give specific instructions on how to do this project. After you have covered the circuit board and keys, work on covering the speaker with cardboard so that it stands at an angle that fits your face. My circuit board was too big for the mic to be right by my mouth, so i just had it face straight up. Use tape to hold all this together. Good luck customizing the cardboard to fit your phone. This is the most varying part of the whole project.

Step 4: Make the Base

Make a box out of cardboard for the base. I put triangles with chinks cut out of them into the sides of the box to help you put the phone on the receiver. on my phone, the the theing that hangs the phone up is right above the keys. I put a piece of cardboard right where the "hang-up mechanism" goes when i hang up the phone. Now when i put the phone of the receiver, the phone hangs up.

Step 5: Try It!

Plug it in and call it with a cell phone. Good luck!

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    6 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great job, makes me want to have a go, but I'll probably find something else to do... :D Now you have to make a cordless one... :D

    Yeah its really ugly, but it works, and thats all i care about. =] thanks for the comments i will work on making it look better! hahaha


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Well is the ugliest phone i ever seen....well done :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, you did a great job? A lo-o-o-ong time ago when I was 16 I found a cardboard telephone kit. It was a basic phone with preforated cardboard that you cut out and put together. It had a basic on/off switch to hangup/answer. You phone reminds me of that phone I miss, until I got it wet. :'-( Please keep up the great instructables.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Well it doesn't look that pretty, but that's no obstacle to being a great build. I salute you. L