Make Your Own Papier Mache Nightstand


Finding the right size side table or nightstand presents a challenge for the small space dweller. Here's a DIY side table/nightstand project to the rescue. Recycling  cardboard and paper into this functional piece of furniture brings the cost down to practically nothing, not to mention the eco-hip artsy practicality of the whole project.  See how Unqiueutopia constructed the basic form out of cardboard and duct tape, played with papier mache and then painted the hardened table.  The size can obviously be adjusted to fit your own space.

Here's what you need to get this nightstand made:

Cardboard (for the basic structure of the table)
Duct tape, scissors and marker pen
Lots of scrap paper (for the papier mache)
Cornstarch (or cornflour), water, measures and a bowl

You can see the entire tutorial and the table specifications over on Instructables.

As I see it, building the form is a necessity, but decorating the table would be the fun part.


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Gloss_N_Boss on Jan 05, 2013:

Excited! Found this through an image search because Google Search didn't have cardboard and duct tape tables. I plan to begin this tomorrow. I have tons of boxe that will make this an awesome craft!

Miss. MYA on Dec 20, 2012:

Wow! I LOVE IT. Can't wait to start on mine. Thanks for the idea.

DesigningMom on Mar 11, 2011:

Too cute. Just think of the possibilities? Thanks Teach!

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