Make your own furniture - Useful furniture from cardboard
What you'll learn
- You will be able to build furniture yourself, in your home. No need for power tools, large workshop or carpentry skills.
- How to build sturdy objects from cardboard that can carry weight
- What are the correct steps of building a piece of furniture from cardboard
- How to get a clean finish for the product, and prepare it for painting
- How to paint cardboard furniture so it will look like wood
- How to make drawers and boxes for storage
- How to make rounded parts from cardboard
- No carpentry skills needed
- Tools and equipment: Cardboards, A cutting knife, simple PVA glue (school glue), a long ruler, hot glue gun and glue sticks
In this course, you will learn how to build furniture completely by yourself, using free and commonplace material - cardboard.
Why make furniture from cardboard?
You will be able to build furniture by yourself
you can make furniture from free material, instead of buying ready-made and expensive furniture
Design a piece of furniture exactly the size that fits your space
Make furniture that will be unique and will amaze your friends.
Get tremendous satisfaction from your creation
You don't need large spaces or carpentry skills, you can build furniture even on a table in a small apartment
You will learn in this course
How to build sturdy objects from cardboard that can carry weight
What are the correct steps for building a piece of furniture from cardboard
What do you take into account when designing a piece of furniture
How to make rounded parts from cardboard
How to make drawers and boxes for storage
How to get a clean finish for the product
How to paint cardboard furniture so it will look like wood
Cardboard furniture? Is it strong enough?
Yes very much, I have some such furniture that I built years ago and they are still useful. In the course, I teach the principles of building with cardboard so that its strength is properly utilized and thus it is possible to make strong furniture that carries weight.
It's cardboard, can the furniture be cleaned?
Definitely. We will paint the furniture with acrylic paint that will give it a good protective layer against moisture. Then you can clean the furniture with a wet cloth.
What does it take to build? I didn't study carpentry and I don't have a large workshop
I don't have either. You don't need a spacious workshop or heavy tools. You can build cardboard furniture even on the table in a small apartment, and the main materials are cardboard, a cutting knife, and glue.
What materials and tools are needed to make cardboard furniture?
Cardboard from large packages that you can find on the street
A cutting knife
A cutting mat, but you can also use simple cardboard
PVA glue (simple white school glue)
A ruler - preferably a long one (60-90 cm)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Gummed paper tape, but you can also use simple paper instead.
What will we build in the course?
To learn all the steps of building furniture in detail, we will learn how to build a small cabinet with drawers.
But it is not necessary to build this cabinet exactly, you can apply the information to another piece of furniture of your design.
I will also demonstrate the making of a royal chair, and in the process, we will learn how to build rounded shapes with cardboard.
I will finish with a demonstration of building a shelving unit with storage boxes.
Will I know how to build other types of cardboard furniture?
Certainly, the principles learned in the course can be applied to a wide variety of furniture.
Making furniture sounds complicated
It is very simple. We learn step by step, and every step is simple to understand and perform. And in the end, you will have an admirable piece of furniture that you built yourself.
And if there are failures? You can always fix it, it's just cardboard.
The main thing is to enjoy the process and creation, we don’t look for perfection.
You can watch the lessons whenever you want, preferably on a computer screen, but you can also use your phone.
Everyone creates at their own pace, and you can go back and watch the lessons again, or parts of them when you want to remember.
The videos are divided according to the different topics, so if you want to return to a certain topic it is easy to find it and watch it again.
* The videos may contain cats.
You can also ask me questions, and post an image of your work.
And most importantly, have fun making new and useful things out of plain cardboard.
Who this course is for:
- For people who love do-it-yourself (DIY) projects
- For people who want to make furniture but are on tight budget
- For people who are ecological minded and want to make crafts using found materials
- For people who look for unique and interesting new skills, and make unique pieces.
I have been a Graphic designer for 30 years and a lifelong lover of art and craft. During the years I used many techniques and made art and craft projects with polymer clay, Papier Mâché, crochet, miniatures, jewelry, etc.
But my passion is ecological projects, using found materials like plastic bags, used papers, fabrics, and cardboard. Taking objects that are going to the trash but give them new life and make beautiful and useful things from them.