How to Build a Corrugated Cardboard Screen

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How to Build a Corrugated Cardboard Screen
You can make a folding screen from a large corrugated cardboard box. (cardboard closed box image by from

An attractively finished three-piece folding cardboard screen can do a great job of hiding a home office workstation or storage. The screen would also work well in a dressing room, or offer some backstage or bedroom privacy. The advantages of using corrugated cardboard for this screen are that the screen will be lightweight and inexpensive to make. You can add some glamour to the screen and coordinate it to your decor by covering the cardboard with fabric.

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Things you need

  • 5-foot high corrugated cardboard box
  • Craft knife
  • Duct tape
  • Metal ruler
  • 6 yards of cotton fabric, 52-inches wide
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

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  1. 1

    Cut the cardboard box into three screen panels that measure 5-feet by 2-feet with the craft knife, using the metal ruler to cut straight lines.

  2. 2

    Attach the panels together by attaching long strips of duct tape to the backs and fronts of the panels' long sides, leaving 1 inch of duct tape between the cardboard panels to allow them to fold.

  3. 3

    Cut the cotton fabric with the scissors into six pieces of fabric that measure 62-inches by 26-inches each.

  4. 4

    Attach one sheet of fabric to one cardboard panel with hot glue applied to the top and bottom edges of the cardboard while stretching the fabric taut and folding the excess to the opposite side of the panel.

  5. 5

    Stretch the side edges of the fabric over the cardboard and glue them, avoiding the duct tape by folding the edge of the fabric under to the wrong side of the fabric for a hem before gluing. Repeat with the two remaining panels. The duct tape will be visible between the panels.

  6. 6

    Attach the fabric to the opposite sides of the cardboard panels by the same method, tucking all the fabric edges under to the wrong side of the fabric 1/2-inch for a hem before gluing to avoid seeing the raw edges of the fabric.

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