Two years ago I found a beautiful old wooden sheep shearing box at Camberwell Market during a trip to Australia with my family.
It was beautifully worn and even had tiny little strands of wool still caught in some of the corners. I quickly filled it up with my favorite sewing tools and supplies, and have enjoyed toting it around immensely ever since.
I have long thought about trying to replicate the design in cardboard for my cardboard tools. When I started working with banana boxes last year I realized I had found a possible solution.
I spent several weeks in late December and early January creating a variety of designs and assembly techniques that incorporated the pre-made features from the banana box like the pre-punched handholds.
I truly believe that this (essentially paper) toolbox could last a lifetime before being recycled. It’s easy to build, strong, durable, and functional. Maybe someone will buy mine at a flea market some day. Wouldn’t that be a dream! (Although maybe now that I’ve built about 10 extras, I might get on that sooner than later…)
The act of constructing a cardboard toolbox instantly transforms you from a passive Cardboard Aficionado into an energized Cardboard Maker– be prepared for this dynamic life change!
- Approx. 30 minutes of your time
- 1 banana box
- cutting tool
- large binder clips or small clamps
- white glue (I prefer low VOC eco glue