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« on: September 04, 2017 02:48:05 AM »

There are ton of great cardboard furniture tutes online, they are very precise and exact. I am more of a suck it and see type of crafter. I made a kind of hybrid cardboard/papier mache shelving unit to take some of the amazing shrines that I have received from craftster swaps in the past.



requirements
  • corrugated cardboard
  • masking tape
  • wallpaper paste/pva glue
  • newspaper
  • gesso-optional

Plan the dimensions of your shelving unit. I set out the things I wanted on the shelves and drew lines around them.



this back sheet remains uncut, you need the fronts of the shelves, I created a 'frame' for each opening of the shelves


Then decide the depth of the unit and cut cardboard strips to 'separate' the front from the back. You can use tape or hot glue to make the overall structure.
Each shelf is like a little box, so you need strips for the sides and the bottom of each shelf. This takes time!

Then the whole structure is covered with strips of newspaper dipped in glue, you can use wall paper paste or thinned PVA. This step makes the whole thing very wet and it will take a few days to dry.


I then painted a couple of coats of gesso on to to give a surface for painting, this is not necessary, you could build up a couple of layers of newsprint and use plain white copy paper for the top layer. but the gesso gives a nice textured surface.

Taking advantage of the surface roughness, I colour washed different shelves different colours.

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2017 07:59:40 AM »

Absolutely AMAZING!  I love that all your shrines have a custom made home.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017 10:38:56 AM »

I've been seeing your cardboard furniture pins and wondering what you had planned, this is great! How clever and industrious of you. I love that you have a place to display all your shrines together. It's a terrific space saver and so nice to be able to see them all the time. Bravo, rocks!
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2017 02:22:17 PM »

Thank you. It makes me smile everytime I come into the room. It's right by where I sit at the table so I get to see the details of the shrines. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017 02:05:14 PM »

Cool and colorful new home for all your little shrines--it's a shrine shrine! Cheesy  Nice tutorial too.

I don't have them anymore, but, as a teenager, I used to make similar cardboard things, usually to house my video game cartridges, but, I didn't have the structural know-how that I do today, so they weren't terribly stable or durable and didn't last long as a result. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017 03:37:11 PM »

Cool and colorful new home for all your little shrines--it's a shrine shrine! Cheesy  Nice tutorial too.

I don't have them anymore, but, as a teenager, I used to make similar cardboard things, usually to house my video game cartridges, but, I didn't have the structural know-how that I do today, so they weren't terribly stable or durable and didn't last long as a result. 

I hope mine holds together! It's static though, so apart from gravity it should be ok.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017 05:17:03 PM »

How cool! Great tutorial and looks like a perfect display for all your shrines! Very nicho looking!!!
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017 08:05:43 PM »

I love your shrine display, especially the house shape of it. Oh, and the texture. And the colors. Well, just all of it!
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017 07:57:25 AM »

It's lovely! Now you have a shrine shrine!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017 02:02:09 PM »

YOWZA! Nailed it.
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