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Ann Wood - Cardboard Recycler Extraordinaire

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I have loved the work of Ann Wood since spotting her cardboard playhouse at Apartment Therapy. Her cardboard playhouse and castles make me wish I was a kid again and that I had a stash of cardboard. But I'd also need a lot of patience so, instead, I will just admire her work. You will, too.


Cardboard Playhouse




Cardboard Castle



Besides working with cardboard, Ann Wood has many other creations that she makes and sells. Check out her blog and her web shop where you can buy kits to make yourself. Alas, not castles. 


Recycling Ikea Cardboard

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)


I recently got delivery of two new Hyliss shelving units from Ikea - about $15.00 each CDN - which I love because they are light enough for me to move around should I decide to redecorate. Anyway after the usual kerfunkle putting the shelving together - never an easy task - I was left with some cardboard that had held the shelving bits in place during transport. 


DIY Desktop Organizer




I made this desktop paper organizer from the Ikea cardboard shown above on the left. I glued two of these together and then covered both with leftover gift wrap. I could have used almost anything including wallpaper leftovers (don't have any), old maps, even brown paper bags or paint. Anyway, it's an idea that's easy-peasy. Note that I glued a bit of cardboard at the bottom to keep it from falling over.


St. Patrick's Day Project - Recycle Cardboard Rolls into Hats

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)



I almost forgot that St. Patrick's Day falls on March 17 just one day after the beginning of March Break (in Ottawa). I don't know how parents manage to keep all these holidays and breaks straight - must be difficult at times. Any road, here's an idea that was inspired by some St. Patrick Day hats I spotted for sale at our local dollar store. Why buy, when you can make, no? It's easy because I'm too discombobulated to do anything difficult. Last time I tried, I cut my finger with an Xacto knife!


How to Make a St. Patrick's Party Hat



What you will need

  • Cardboard roll (Toilet paper. gift wrap, or paper towel cardboard rolls - should be 4" tall)
  • Plate (4-1/2" inch diameter)
  • White craft glue
  • Cardboard (recycled from a food package, etc.)
  • Pencil and scissors
  • Green craft paint and brush
  • Bit of ribbon and shamrock (or make a ribbon and shamrock from paper) 
  • Elastic thread (recycled from a party hat)


What you need to do

  1. Take the plate and the cardboard roll and trace circles from both on the cardboard (see photo).
  2. Cut out the circles.
  3. Dribble some glue onto the plate and dip one end of the cardboard roll in the glue. 
  4. Press this end of the roll into the centre the larger circle and let dry.
  5. When dry, dip the other end of the roll in the glue and attach to the top of the toilet roll.
  6. Let dry. 
  7. Insert the elastic thread (I used an embroidery thread needle) on both sides of the hat where it is glued to the circle. Glue the ends to the hat so the elastic doesn't pop off.
  8. Paint the hat and when dry add the ribbon and shamrock.

NOTE: If you don't have green paint, use green construction paper, and glue on before joining the different bits of cardboard.




Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

 

Recycling - Cardboard City Inspiraton

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)


If you're gobsmacked by this little cardboard city as much as I am, I'm not surprised. It's the creation of Evgeny Kudryavtsev (aka Cardboard Dad) an architect and the father of a little girl, Ira, for whom he invent toys made from recycled cardboard and scrap materials. He crafted this mouse-sized cardboard city as part of a commission for German publisher Fordevind. The bright colours and graphic details that he added to his city makes it irresistable to any mouse or child (even a few adults). It just shows you what you can do with something as common as cardboard. 


Take a wander through his blog (it's in Russian) and you’ll be tempted to break out the cardboard and create a city with, and for, your little ones. To view Evgeny's blog and his mouse-sized city landscape, click here


Evgeny has an online shop selling his own designs. His current DIY kits include a cardboard house and a rocket, both customizable. To check out his wares, go here.