How to Make a Cardboard Display Shelf

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How to Make a Cardboard Display Shelf
Create a display shelf with cardboard in a short amount of time. (Cardboard abstract background texture image by Scott Latham from Fotolia.com)

Wood can be an expensive material to work with, which is why homeowners sometimes choose to create display shelves with cardboard. Using cardboard allows you to recycle a material and create a functional item to display statues and knick-knacks anywhere you desire.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Six cardboard sections, 8 by 16 inches
  • Six cardboard sections, 8 by 8 inches
  • One 8-by-17½-inch section of cardboard
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint of choice
  • Pencil
  • Glue sticks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plug in hot glue gun and load in a glue stick.

  2. 2

    Place one piece of 8-by-16-inch cardboard horizontally on a flat surface. Cover the top of the cardboard with hot glue and press one additional 8-by-16-inch section of cardboard on top.

  3. 3

    Cover the top of the second section of cardboard with hot glue and press the third 8-by-16-inch section of cardboard on top to create a stack that is about ¾ inch thick.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps two and three with the three remaining 8-by-16-inch sections of cardboard.

  5. 5

    Place one piece of 8-by-8-inch cardboard on a flat surface. Cover the top of the cardboard with hot glue and press one additional 8-by-8-inch section of cardboard on top.

  6. 6

    Cover the top of the second section of cardboard with hot glue and press the third 8-by-8-inch section of cardboard on top to create a stack that is about ¾ inch thick.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps five and six with the remaining three 8-by-8-inch sections of cardboard.

  8. 8

    Place one 8-by-8-inch stack of cardboard on a flat surface and select the two 8-by-16-inch stacks of cardboard. Line one 8-inch edge on each of the 8-by-16-inch sections of cardboard and press along the top edge of the 8-by-8-inch stack to create a U-shaped structure.

  9. 9

    Line the opposite 8-inch edges of the two 8-by-16-inch stacks of cardboard and press the 8-by-8-inch stack of cardboard on the opposite end.

  10. 10

    Place the cardboard structure on a flat surface so that it appears to be a four-sided structure with access to the centre from the top. Line all four top edges with hot glue and press on the 8-by-17½-inch section of cardboard for the back.

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