How To: Giant Altoids Lunch Box.

by Chris Gardner

Clever reuse of the all-purpose Altoids tin is a rite of passage for any DIYster, but turning something else entirely INTO an Altoids tin? Well, that's just plain fun.

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"Whether you're off to school or work, you need something to pack your lunch or snack. Just
like the Flintstones, don't forget your lunch pail. There is a mini-Altoids lunch box but that will not do if you have a hero, grinder, po'boy or submarine sandwich. Make a custom giant...

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Roll-Out Vegetable Mat Makes Gardening a Snap.

by Chris Gardner

No kidding...it even includes a set of garden markers.

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"Chris Chapman’s Roll-Out Veg Mat could be just the solution you’re searching for. The corrugated cardboard mat is sowed with four types of vegetable seeds and organic fertilizer all ready to be rolled out - all you need to do is add water and soil... Complete with fun graphics and instructions, Chapman’s design makes gardening much more approachable to budding green thumbs." A different mat...

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How to Make a Cardboard Stampede

by DIY Maven

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A few years ago, artist Ann Wood decided to assign herself the task of making a cardboard horse a day until she had 100 completed. When she was finished, she assembled them into a stampede. She has 3 patterns in her corral (get it, corral? heh), 2 adults and 1 colt. To make your own stampede, you'll need to assemble the following:

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Tabletop Pinball Game (made from scrap wood).

by Chris Gardner

From Seamster's super creative Instructable:

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"This is a tabletop pinball machine made from all scrap wood and bits and pieces of things I've held onto just waiting for a project like this. The ball is from an old computer mouse, with the rubber coating removed (you could use a marble as well). A crafty person should never throw perfectly good stuff in the trash. Just hang onto it, and eventually you'll find a new use for it down the road!"

Inspir...

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Cardboard Safari: Peace, Love, and Taxidermy.

by Chris Gardner

Cardboard Safari: Peace, Love, and Taxidermy.
With two working-class science teachers for parents, we were rarely allowed to have snacks at the movies, to buy toys outside of holidays, or ambitious vacations. BUT, we ALWAYS were allowed to buy souvenirs from museum and zoo gift shops.

So, having grown up putting together T.Rex skeletons and playing with molecular models, I have a soft spot for the flat-packed, Cardboard Safari approach to wall decor.

From Inhabitat, "The...

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How To: Cereal Box Storage Bins.

by Chris Gardner

Rachel had some fabric, and needed a project. Rachel eats cereal, and needed a reuse for the boxes. Get where she's going with this...?

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"I decided that some funky, colorful storage bins were just the ticket. I really wanted these bins to be as “green” as I could make them, so I brainstormed with my fellow urban-nesters, as we often do, to find a way to construct these by repurposing something from around the house. We came up with cereal box...

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How To: Make Custom Magazine Files

by Chris Gardner

Monica has created the perfect DIY organizational project: custom magazine files that fit not only your room's decor, but your bookshelfs actual dimensions. These are guaranteed to look much more sharp and last way longer than ye old Flyt...

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So says Monica, "Having gone to many different stores in the Bay Area, we decided that to be most efficient we would have to embark on a journey to create our own boxes. This turned out not only to be...

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How to Make Cardboard Hipster Picture Frames

by DIY Maven

How to Make Cardboard Hipster Picture Frames

Tis' the season to accumulate cardboard boxes. Most will find their way into the recycling bin, but you might want to save one or two to fabricate Photojojo's fun, functional and funky cardboard picture frames. (These could be a great project with the kids; mom or dad have to do the cutting, but the rest could be left to the little squirts.)

What you need to make 'em:

  • Photos (I also think they'd be a great way to display kid's art too!)
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DIY Cardboard Cat Chaise.

by Chris Gardner

1Apparently, cats have this thing where they like to install themselves in cozy spaces: spots like drawers, behind furniture, and if its available, an appropriately-sized empty cardboard box. So, take advantage of their penchant for nookery, and make them do what they do in style.

DIY Cardboard Cat Chaise.

Materials

  • Large sheets of corrugated cardboard
  • Hot glue gun
  • Markers
  • Utlity knife
  • Cutting mat or scrap surface

Begin by downloading the pdf pattern...

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Cutting-Edge Cardboard Interior.

by Chris Gardner

"This beautifully sculpted cardboard mille-feuille... lines the walls of Yiorgos Eleftheriades‘ Yeshop in Athens. Dubbed “Papercut”, the project was a collaboration between the fashion designer and dARCH Studio It takes a multidisciplinary approach to interior design, synthesizing elements of fashion and architecture into a streamlined, self-illuminated, biomorphic installation that was handmade using all eco-friendly materials."

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The Cardboard Coffee Shop

by DIY Maven

On another trip to Taiwan last week, MWT found a spot he hadn’t yet visited before. Namely a coffee shop in the Da Keng area of Taichung City that seems to revere cardboard.

The chairs...

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the tables, cup holders, menus....

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the stage (for open mic night?)...

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and shelving and wall treatments....all cardboard.

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