Decorating your child's room with cardboard furnishings is a paper caper that
involves you and your child if you take the do-it-yourself
What makes homemade cardboard furniture so
appealing is its interactive quality. Decorated like a blank canvas
with finger paints or markers, the pieces invite youthful
imagination and personalization.
Personal designs may not be as exacting as
ready-made cardboard decor, but they are still fun and functional.
And like box-made playhouses that wear out with use, they can be
replaced easily when it's time to retire them to a recycling
Naturally the stronger the box, the more durable
the object made from it.
cardboard, you'll need household items, including a utility knife,
yard stick, masking tape, glue and a pencil for
Before breaking down
cartons, check carefully for staples. Either cover them with heavy
duct tape, or remove and replace them with tape. Cardboard - just as
paper - can be sharp along
cut edges. For safety, cover edges with heavy tape or "upholster" your designs with fabric or wallpaper.
Ideas to explore:
Boxes: Those used to ship nails and caulking to a hardware store are ideal for making:
- Stackable Building Blocks
- Cube Tables
- Child Size Seats
Before pressing boxes into duty as furnishings, stuff them with crumpled newspaper. Then cover the outside with self-adhesive paper in solid colors. Now accent the covered boxes with peel-off letters or symbols available through stationery stores.
Found through moving companies, computer and appliance stores and places that sell packing materials, large industrial-strength cartons can be reconfigured as:
- Freestanding Room Dividers
- Decorative Window Valances
- Portable Puppet Theaters
- Playhouses and Other Structures
While it's unrealistic to decorate your child's entire room with cardboard furnishings, making space for at least one such piece is more than economically wise. Using them in your home is a good way to teach kids the value of recycling.
Open up a
child's eyes to new possiblities for living in this world, and chances are
you open their minds, too. -- Ro Logrippo
To view interesting cardboard creations in kids'
rooms, see pages 59, 105 and 158 in the award-winning design book In
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