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Bookniture

Bookniture
$68  Buy Link Comment

It might look like a stool, but this is actually a book. Designed by Mike Mak, Bookniture’s cardboard honeycomb structure can hold over a ton, and folds up into a book for storage when not in use. Measures 13.5″h x 14″ dia when in use, 13″h x 7″w x 1.5″d when folded.

Making a Cardboard Typewriter

Making a Cardboard Typewriter

While SKM’s cardboard typewriter doesn’t actually work, it’s still an impressive build, with lots of neat details, a cantilevered keyboard, a turning roller, and a hidden compartment that lets it output a pre-typed page for fun.

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Making a Cardboard F1 Car

Making a Cardboard F1 Car

Serial maker The Q used over 530 square feet of cardboard and more than 100 hot glue sticks to build this 1/3rd scale model of a Formula 1 race car. After he finished building the structure, he went on to give the car a proper racing livery.

DIY Cardboard Hot Wheels Loop

DIY Cardboard Hot Wheels Loop

While you can certainly just go buy a Hot Wheels set, Mini Gear thinks its more fun to build your own track from scratch. He proves yet again that with cardboard, popsicle sticks, hot glue, and rubber bands, you can make just about anything with enough time and effort.

Making a Cardboard Machine Gun

Making a Cardboard Machine Gun

Do-it-all craftstman The Q shows us how he made a huge machine gun using mainly cardboard, wood, and lots of glue. It has an electronic mechanism that lets it fire long paper bullets, as well as a swappable cartridge.

Cardboard Bass Guitar

Cardboard Bass Guitar

While we’re not convinced that Davie504’s handmade cardboard bass guitar will hold up to extended playing, we’re still impressed that it sounds as good as it does. It’s good to know there’s another use for all of those Amazon boxes we get every week.

Making a Knife from Cardboard

Making a Knife from Cardboard

Kiwami Japan is back with another ridiculously improbable knife construction – an impressively-sharp kitchen blade made from pressed cardboard. We weren’t quite sure what he was up to for the first few minutes and thought we were watching HowtoBasic.

Boston Pizza Bed Tray Pizza Box

Boston Pizza Bed Tray Pizza Box

Boston Pizza is changing the pizza delivery game with its invention. It came up with a pizza box that lays flat and has two legs that pop out and lock in place, so you can head straight to bed with your pizza. They recently offered a limited run, but hopefully they will make more.

DIY Cardboard Bear Trap

DIY Cardboard Bear Trap

It might not be strong enough to stop an actual bear, but this pointy-toothed trap made from cardboard, a ruler, skewers, and rubber bands can definitely bust some balloons. Mr. Hot Glue’s Family walks us through the build of his silly contraption with an equally silly video clip.

Cardboard “Stargate”

Cardboard “Stargate”

To prove just how versatile cardboard can be, Houston-based Victory Packaging turned up to a tradeshow with a 16-foot-tall gear-driven sculpture reminiscent of the space travel portals from Stargate. This isn’t the only time they built something awesome with cardboard.

Making a Cardboard RPG

Making a Cardboard RPG

Prop weapon maker Blackfish shows us how to build the least dangerous rocket-propelled grenade ever, using cardboard, wooden skewers, rubber bands, wire, tape, and glue. It doesn’t just look cool either – it can actually fire a projectile that explodes on impact.

Nintendo Labo Overview

Nintendo Labo Overview
$70-$80  Buy Link Comment

Interested in Nintendo’s Labo cardboard kits for the Switch? Let the big N tell you more. This video explains what you’ll get with each kit, how you’ll put the toys together and how you can create your own interactive cardboard toys.

Nintendo Labo Switch Cardboard Kits

Nintendo Labo Switch Cardboard Kits
$60-$70  Buy Link Comment

Nintendo Labo are upcoming video games for the Nintendo Switch that have a DIY component. The games come with flat pack cardboard objects that work with the Switch’s sensors to become controllers. There’s a variety kit and a robot kit. Drops 4/2018.

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Making a Cardboard Drone

Making a Cardboard Drone

SKM has shown us some pretty awesome things you can make from cardboard. His latest build is a model of a quadcopter made entirely from cardboard and hot glue. Sadly, it doesn’t actually fly, but perfectly balancing it would probably be quite challenging.

Making a Cardboard Rat Trap

Making a Cardboard Rat Trap

The Q shows us how to create a battery-powered trap that can safely catch a rat or other small creature behind bars, using cardboard, wooden sticks, hot glue, and a simple electronic trigger. We’re sure a rodent could chew through it quickly, but it’s still a neat build.

DIY Candy Vending Machine

DIY Candy Vending Machine

It’s not exactly the most mechanically complex build, but we still love the idea of YouTuber Goober’s (we made a rhyme!) spring-loaded cardboard and hot glue vending machine which can dispense up to five of your favorite candies with the push of a button.

DIY Cardboard Claw Machine

DIY Cardboard Claw Machine

After showing us how to make a sweet cardboard Skee-Ball machine, Seanscrafts is back to build another fun machine to add to your low-budget home arcade. As an added bonus, you can just reach in and grab the prizes if you get frustrated with the claw.

DIY Cardboard Skee-Ball Machine

DIY Cardboard Skee-Ball Machine

Do you love playing those Skee-Ball machines at Chuck E. Cheese’s? YouTuber Seanscrafts shows us how to build a scaled-down homebrew version of the game using sheets of cardboard and marbles. It looks like a simple enough weekend build, so get to it!

DIY Cardboard Vending Machines

DIY Cardboard Vending Machines

As long as you don’t get it wet or put it near fire, cardboard is a strong and versatile building material. The guys at Mini Gear show us how to make a number of nifty desktop vending machines using cardboard, rubber bands, and hot glue as their primary materials.

DIY Cardboard Glock

DIY Cardboard Glock

Cardboard and rubber band weapon maker Blackfish shows off an amazing build which looks just like a Glock 19 handgun, with working slide and firing mechanism, and an ammo clip filled with bullets made from crayons. After the action, he shows off how to build your own.

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Brix Modular Shelving

Brix Modular Shelving
~$47 ea  Buy Comment

These interlocking modular display shelves are made from layers of high-strength cardboard using 80% recycled materials. They can be stacked like giant building blocks, and each shelf holds up to 44 lb. The blocks have both a black and a natural cardboard side.

Cardboard Robot Arm

Cardboard Robot Arm

The Q show off another one of their awesome low-budget builds, a robot arm that’s made primarily from cardboard and popsicle sticks, and controlled by plastic syringes filled with colored liquid. If there’s anyone we’d want to be stranded on a desert island with, it’s these guys.

DIY Cardboard Coin Sorter

DIY Cardboard Coin Sorter

The Q shows us how with just cardboard, a knife, a ruler, and some glue, you can make a simple sorter for coins of any denomination. To make one for your country’s coins, you just need to tweak the widths of the openings.

DIY Cardboard Terminator Arm

DIY Cardboard Terminator Arm

MudbrainsTvDIY gives us a brief glimpse at an amazing build – he replicated the T-800 arm that Miles Dyson had in Terminator 2. It’s made entirely from cardboard, glue, and varnish. If you’ve got about 7 hours to spare, you can watch how he built it, step by laborious step.

Obilab Cardboard Drum Kit

Obilab Cardboard Drum Kit
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Obilab’s portable rhythm section folds down flat and fits inside a cardboard backpack, letting drummers set up impromptu jam and practice sessions pretty much anywhere – as long as it’s not raining. Listen to sample sounds at the bottom of their Kickstarter page.

KarTent Cardboard Tents

KarTent Cardboard Tents
~$55  Buy Comment

You’d think that a tent made out of cardboard wouldn’t be able to withstand rain, but KarTent’s 2-person recyclable shelters can survive up to three days in the wet stuff, making them perfect for outdoor festivals and other temporary uses.

The Cardboard Lexus

The Cardboard Lexus

Lexus UK worked with design agency NVDK, Laser Cut Works, and Scales & Models to create a full-scale, driveable replica of the Lexus IS sedan, using from 1700 laser-cut pieces of cardboard. We’re guessing it’s not as much fun to drive as the actual IS, but it’s still really cool.

Cardboard Furniture & Projects

Cardboard Furniture & Projects
~$30-$180  Buy Comment

Like Karton, Cardboard Furniture and Projects makes flat-pack, modular furniture made of cardboard. They’re water-resistant, lightweight and 100% recyclable. The shop can also customize your order with prints and different cardboards.

Robocop Cardboard Remake

Robocop Cardboard Remake

(NSFW: Language) Comic Book Girl Lindsay Ames puts her incredible cardboard Robocop costume to good use, reenacting a scene from the original film in her full paper regalia. Perhaps a better idea than a reboot of the franchise.

Intricate Cardboard Sculptures

Intricate Cardboard Sculptures

UK artist Dylan Shields crafts his intricate sculptures out of old potato chip boxes and packing tape. Much of what he creates is rather epic, which fits with his use of biblical themes.

The Cardboard Office

The Cardboard Office

Designers Alrik Koudenburg and Joost van Bleiswijk set up this cardboard office space for ad agency Nothing. Clever construction bypassed the need to use screws or even glue to hold things together.

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