One word. Cardboard

by Dana
(Omaha NE)

Have you ever thought of cardboard as a source for making toys.

I use the single layer packaging from cereal boxes and such.

I can't use the multilayer with the corrugated section. It's too flexible so the glue cracks and loses adhesion.

It takes ten layers to get to the density of most wood pieces so the cutting and gluing can be tedious, but tedious is not always a bad thing.

I have only made a toy helicopter do far. But the blades turn, and my grandson loves it.

The top prop has come off once but it's an easy fix.

So far no concerns on supply of cardboard. and school glue is cheap by the gallon!

I guess some have even used their patterns in Cricut and Gloforge machines. But I rather like the cutting myself. Except for some of the more intricate pieces like the chairs and props.

Just a thought!

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Nov 12, 2022
Sounds like a good idea.
by: Tony

Hi Dana,

Thanks for your idea about using cardboard for making toys.

I'm sure it will inspire more people to think outside the box. :)

It would be great to see some photos of the toy helicopter you made. Maybe next time.

This idea reminds me of many years ago, back in the 1970's I think, people were using corrugated cardboard to make furniture.

All you have to do is enter the term cardboard furniture DIY.

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