Cardboard Office Supplies Holder

Can you tell I’m on an organizing bend? Why shouldn’t MOM get a cardboard thing-a-ma-jig every now and then?

Well, here’s my newest treasure – a place to stick some of the sharp pointy tools I use so I can keep them away from little, “I know what scissors can do” hands.

It’s also a way to use up a lot of scrap cardboard bits that you (or I) might have lying around.

I’d love to show you my gigantic pile of cardboard scrap that I keep moving around to different corners of my apartment, but I’m just not there yet…I know it’s become very vogue these days to blog about the imperfections in your life and prove that everything doesn’t always look like a well curated Pinterest board. But honestly, isn’t that the best part about blogging? The fact that I’m typing with a towel on my head right now, but your seeing all this great cardboard stuff?

I pulled a yellow kiwi box out of my stash for this project and then cut it down to size, carving out two little handles on the sides. I find that a serrated knife does the best job for rounding corners, as I’ve never been able to cut circles in heavy corrugated cardboard with a utility knife.

You can mash up the cardboard on the inside anyway you like. We’ve got a random kind of Keith Haring thing going on in there, but it would be cool to make a more structured zig-zag or circular pattern too.

If you do something with this idea, I’d love to see your work! I think there are a lot of places to go with this compressed cardboard in a frame concept. It’s super strong! Please send me your photos so we can feature you here on The Cardboard Collective!

OK, today is recycling day so I’ve GOT to get out there and see what else I can haul back and stuff into that empty space in my closet!


4 thoughts on “Cardboard Office Supplies Holder

  1. It seems that the folding of the cardboard lends itself to great building possibilities. I know that the little ones were using it as a seat as well. This could be a great tangent.

  2. Good morning…first time I have bumped into your site and love love love it! Triple love means…reply time! What I need to know is what initial tools and supplies you have to create your treasures! I’m imagining that owwie feeling and dimples in my fingers if I do all that cutting with scissors. What do you find works? Do you use an exacto knife? I’d like to get on the band wagon, but I also want to learn from YOUR trial and error! Thanks and blessings from Canada. Kathleen

    • Hi Kathleen,
      Here’s a link to posts about some of my favorite tools and materials:
      Most of the time I use a pair of Japanese roofing scissors and a serrated kitchen knife. The other tools I use are a heavy duty stapler, a cordless drill and a utility knife. I’ve been thinking about putting the Japanese tools that I use in my Etsy shop, so if you find you are getting really into tools and cardboard, you might want to check back in about a month.

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