The Cardboard Collective Etsy Shop is Now Open!

I forgot to report in my last post that we are back in Tokyo! Wow, so much has been going on, and the online class I’ve been taking from Sister Dianne Gilleland (of Craftypod fame) is the catalysts for a majority of it all.

In the class I’ve been working on ways to get some of the cardboard PDF pattern designs I’m developing out into the world for everyone to see. It’s going to take a few months, but for the time being, I’ve opened My Etsy shop: The Cardboard Collective and I have two Japanese Craft Books for sale.  Remember this picture from my about page?

This is the table and chair set that started it all. The project that got me so incredibly excited about cardboard that I felt compelled to start this blog and spend all my free time cutting, gluing and collecting the stuff.

The plans for this table set are in one of the books that I have for sale in the shop, and the second book that’s available by the same author, has more furniture and lots of great cardboard toys and games to make too.

I’m feeling great about the fact that I’ve been able to find an excellent used book source for these two titles and that they’ll be able to live another life in the hands of fellow cardboard enthusiasts.

Some more great news is that I got to attend the Etsy World Craft Party in Tokyo! The event was held at FAB Cafe, a fantastic place with a laser cutter on site! You can try your hand at some amazing projects like laser-burned jeans, wooden stamps, decor, and basically anything you can dream up.

I’m excited to make an appointment and go back to use the laser printer to create some custom stamps and stencils for The Cardboard Collective. I also want to find out more about how it might work on cardboard, and of course, just hang out at Fab Cafe.

The best part of the night was meeting some other Japan Etsy Sellers, and learning more about their craft and their shops. I got to chat with Angela and her husband from Sake Puppets, a shop specializing in Sashiko embroidery kits, as well as Elena, the spunky woman who heads up Etsy Japan. All in all it was a great night, and I loved designing and creating the cardboard props for the photo booth.

Thanks again Etsy for a lovely evening, and I hope you all get a chance to check out my shop!

Weaving a Cardboard Gathering Basket

After trying this cardboard basket out around our house and garden, I realized it’s just the right size for a lot of things we do: picking flowers for an arrangement, gathering herbs from the garden, driftwood at the beach, and of course summer berry picking.

It’s a cardboard replica of this old market basket that I came across this summer while we were clearing an out building at my parent’s place.

Looking at the wood that the basket is constructed from I realized that it was similar to cardboard in weight and strength, and cardboard might make a really great basket too.

I also thought this would be a great project for experimenting with weaving cardboard. I have to say I was really excited about how beautiful the cardboard looked woven and also by how strong it was! I used Ikat Bag‘s suggestion of working with cardboard pallet liners and they were perfect for this project.

(Note: You can see in the picture that the middle woven piece has been taken out. I have since modified the directions below to make the basket stronger and the handle more sturdy. You want that middle piece to wrap up and around the sides to make the handle and then staple it together.)

You will need to cut:

3 pieces  2″ x 26″

4 pieces  2″ x  21″

1 piece   2″ x  30″

1 piece 5″ x 44″ or 2 pieces  5″ x  22 ” stapled together

Align your pieces.

Crease on the 21″ and the 26 ” pieces 7″ from the edge. (Weave the strips together as pictured above to form the base (the 2″ x 30″ piece is the middle strip that forms the handle. Crease the piece 11.5″ from both ends.))

Fold the 5″ x 44″ piece so that it forms a 7″ x 12″ rectangle and staple it together where it overlaps.

Weave the strips from the base through your rectangle. Binder clips are handy here to help you keep everything together.

When you’re done, staple the 2 handle pieces together, and then fold the side pieces up and over (or tuck them in) and staple them to the basket.

All right then………hopefully the “”picking up blocks basket” catches on.

Our Cardboard Swiss Cheese Chalet

A new watermelon box creation!  A hideout for my two little pipsqueaks.

This little place was a lot of fun to build, and I love the idea of a hideout that’s triangular in shape.  I spent about 2 days working on this project off and on, because I had to take breaks when my arm got tired of sawing through all that cardboard.

The watermelon box I started with already had lots of holes in it, so I enlarged some of them to create my  “Swiss cheese matrix” on all three sides.

I started by figuring out the rough dimensions of the little fort by folding the box in different places until I found what worked best for a roomy wedge of cheese.

This box had about eight creased corners, so I cut cardboard strips about 6 inches wide and glued them over the unwanted creased portions so the cardboard wouldn’t bend in the places I didn’t want it to.

After securing the cardboard and cutting out all the holes from the sides, I put a nut and bolt with a washer in the side to keep everything together and make it easy to disassemble.

Last step was creating a top piece out of lighter cardboard so that the girls could open it easily.

I added a coat of yellow paint, but I think it would be just as nice plain brown.  I also thought  pink washi tape would liven up the holes, but you can see where that’s all going to end up.

I’m looking forward to the day when they’ll be building their own little cardboard nests… And hey, did I tell you where some of our other watermelon box scraps have ended up?

These came shipped in a cardboard box that we picked up at the local post office.

They’re not ours to keep.  We’re just babysitting for grandma…