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Everything about the creation of Giraffa Chair for Mya from start to finish

The Giraffa Chair is finished!

That’s right, sanded, sealed with wheat paste, painted and fully in use!

I have thought at first to leave it as a chair (on the first picture, but since my original plan was for the armchair and I have already made the arms – I stuck them on, and voila – the Giraffa armchair!

Now that I have blueprints (and a friend of mine have admitted that he has access to a laser cutter – wow!) I might make another one without arms, as I think it looks equally good with and without, and I think Mya preferred it without arms because she liked to sit sideways on it too.

And for anyone who thought that cardboard furniture is flimsy – it can hold my (undisclosed) weight standing on it although it was designed for a small toddler.

I am looking for a handle for my cardboard fridge and will post pictures as soon at it’s fully finished. It doesn’t stop Mya playing with it though – she’d pack and unpack it all day long if you don’t stop her.

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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Giraffa chair


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Chair in use

Mya has been using her chair although there’s still a lot of work to be done to it. First – she was using it as a walker. She was holding on to the Giraffa’s horns and pushing it in front of her. Then she decided that it’s a chair after all. It’s her favourite seat in the house already.
It’s been raining a lot, and I cannot finish it as it needs sanding and to be painted as well.

Since I couldn’t work on the chair I’ve started to work on a cardboard fridge. I think Mya is going to love it as she always watches me taking things out of the fridge and putting them back in, and she wants me to hold her while I am doing that, so that she can see what I am doing.


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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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