Make Your Own Cardboard Shelves

I decided I needed to prove a point—that we had everything we needed to make one in the house already—so I set out to make my own cardboard bookshelves.

Materials Used:  DIY Cardboard Bookshelves

– Cardboard Boxes – Craft Knife – Glue – Measuring Tape – Pen or Pencil – Clamps

Step 1: Decide Where Your Bookshelves Will Go 

The first thing I did was measure the space where I wanted my bookshelves to go.

Step 2: Cut Your Cardboard Boxes

First, however, I cut up the main lower level box so that it had angled sides, and I also cut up the top of it so that it became the same depth as the top shelf.

I used gorilla glue to attach the two sides of each bookshelf to each other as well as to glue the top to the bottom.

Step 3: Reinforce With Duct Tape 

The glue did work to keep the sections together, but I just didn’t trust it to hold with all the books on it, so I decided to reinforce all the joints with duct tape as well.

I used some bird print wrapping paper that my son picked out. I did find wrapping each section of the bookcase VERY tedious though!

Step 4: Decorate!