Monthly Archives: June 2012

More cardboard!

I went to Halfords to get some stuff and on the way out noticed their cages with cardboard ready for recycling. I was there in a flash dragging it out of the cages (their car park was not that busy, thank god! and people in a camper van could not be bothered even if they though me strange). I piled my treasures in the car with a few good shoves and more then a few loud swearing – it was very windy and it kept flying away and knocking me over.

When I set off – I couldn’t see anything in my rear view mirror – the car was full to the brim. Our Utility room now looks like a cardboard recycling unit. My hubby looked at it and asked when I was planning on using it up and if I was planning on making more furniture. He’s scared.

Mya decided that she doesn’t want to walk any more and reverted to crawling. This sparked an idea – I’ve got just the right box for you ….

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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Giraffa chair



Run out of cardboard

I have run out of cardboard and it’s been raining for the past week and a half, so no chances of finding any outside and all the shops I ask had already had their collection or don’t have boxes big enough…. Rain rain go away…
I found another box in the office and cut that up too. I actually don’t know how many shapes I will need to cut out, as I am using spacers, so I guess I’ll play it by ear.
I glued together the ones I’ve cut out not to waste time while I was waiting for the rain to stop. Ahem, I need A LOT more shapes.

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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Giraffa chair


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Get cutting!

On a Saturday walk I’ve spotted a big cardboard box, taken Mya out of the pram, loaded the box in and dragged it home. Now, get cutting! Ralf was papping me while I was busy ūüėČ

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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Giraffa chair


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Mya’s chair stage 2

After another no-show from a people on Freegle (sometimes it happens, but I am still trying to recycle things there) I had a lot of wallpaper leftovers – this suited beautifully for making template for the chair.

Template for a chair

template for cardboard chair

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Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Giraffa chair


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An idea is born

Over the Queen’s¬†Jubilee¬†weekend I went to a garden centre with my husband and my daughter lured by friend’s sighting of a free Soft Play area. My girl have found some children’s furniture and gingerly started playing with it .

I took a look at the price tag on this furniture and exhaled Рit was quite pricey even after the reduction, and it was not even pretty, made in the simplistic style of Ikea only less attractive.

I thought – I can do that myself for a fraction of the price! But then I thought – why would i make anything like that if I don’t even like it? I wouldn’t be happy to have something like that in my house. But Mya needs a chair, and I don’t like anything I see that’s affordable and whatever I do like – is priced so high that I wouldn’t consider even looking at the item for this price.

So, I decided to design and build a chair for my daughter. My¬†choice¬†of material is very mainstream nowadays and in-tune with my Reduce-Reuse-Recycle attitude. It’s humble cardboard.

I will be using the method described by Leo Kempf for his Conversation Table

Follow me for the updates on Mya’s chair. I will take you through the whole process, even if it doesn’t work out the way I envisage it.

chair sketch

Sketch for a chair

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Posted by on June 3, 2012 in Giraffa chair


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