You might not suspect, but corrugated card can actually be a useful decorative
element. It has strength and durability, while still being flexible and easy to
cut and shape, allowing you to make a variety of containers for home and office
use. Building them is easy, decorating them is fun, and if they ever get ruined
in an accident or spill, they are simple enough to replace.
Creating a basic corrugated container is a relatively easy process. You start
with medium grade, double wall corrugated card. Then you take a plate, or other
round object which is approximately the size you want the base to be, and you
trace a circle in the corrugated card.
Once you cut the circle out, take a second sheet of corrugated card and cut it
to the height you want the container to be. Then, using a crafting knife and a
metal ruler, score the inside of the sheet, placing the ruler along each
corrugation, and tracing the knife very lightly down it. This will make bending
the corrugated material easier.
Wrap this square, scored sheet around the circular base piece, and trim it down
so that the two ends meet up perfectly at the end. Then trace a line of adhesive
along the bottom edge of the inner, scored side of this sheet, and glue it to
the circular base. Finally, glue the two ends of the sheet together. Secure
everything with scotch tape until it dries.
And thatís when the fun begins. At this point you have a blank canvas, a sturdy,
well designed container, made to your exact size and shape specifications, and
itís completely blank. You can glue a variety of patches, trinkets, and
decorative ornaments to the outside of the piece, allowing you to customize the
look and feel completely.
One popular option is to take a second piece of single sided corrugated card and
use that to decorate the outside of the container in a rustic chic look. The
single sided card will only have corrugations on one side, giving the container
a dimensional texture.
Another option is to dress the container with a sheet of wrapping paper. It can
be secured around the container using either a light coat of glue, or simple
scotch tape. A similar option is to wrap your newly made container in a strip of
your favorite fabric. In this way you can match the piece to furniture items
that exist in the space already.
The corrugated card is strong enough that these bins can be used to store a
variety of household objects, newspapers, magazines, knitting supplies and balls
of yarn. You can even use them to make disposable trash bins which can be
replaced every few months. The size of the container is constrained only by the
size of the card stock that you can find at your local hobby store. However, a
good rule of thumb is to try to make the height of the vessel no more than
roughly twice the diameter of the base, to ensure that the piece is stable.
The perfect functional craft, corrugated bins can be used in the home or office.
The material is relatively inexpensive, and the crafting relatively easy,
allowing you to replace the containers whenever you like, switching up the look
and feel of your spaces easily, and affordably, whenever you have the whim.
This article is provided courtesy of PebbleZís line of decorative vases
crafted from real, natural, mountain born marble. The article itself was written
by artist and designer Joey Pebble.
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