Stenciled Circular Bookcase

When we began brainstorming, we were thinking of traditional furniture that would utilize the integrity of the boxes; we envisioned coffee tables, side tables, lamps, and chairs. But we wanted to come up with something a little more creative and we ended up on very different ideas; our favorite was a bean bag chair. We were going to use as much shredded cardboard or paper to make the most comfortable fully recyclable seat imaginable. We began to imagine ourselves lounging on these plump bubbles of paper cuts and realized that we would love to have a bookcase to match. We had seen a cardboard coffee table created with a stencil and layer technique so we considered this approach for a bookcase.

To brainstorm shapes that would allow us to store books, we began drawing and sketching. We had about 15 sketches and finally decided on the semi circle/orange wedge design because it was extensible in the case that we found extra time and cardboard.

Instructions: These are directions on how to make a semi circle bookshelf. If you want to double your effort, you could also extend the project to a full circle bookshelf which is mountable on a wall or make one very thick half circle that could be used as a side table and ottoman that holds books.

Step 1: Make a stencil! You’ll want to get as close to a perfect half circle as possible so use a makeshift compass with a string or cable (iPod cables work great!) Decide on two lengths and then give yourself a 1 inch border for the outer circle and a 3/4 inch border on the inner circle so you have four semi circles.

Step 2: Now you’ll need separators for the books to rest on. Create four supports wherever you would like; each should have about an inch border. Once they’re drawn, start cutting!

Step 3: Rinse and Repeat. You’ll use this stencil to duplicate the shape. You’ll need about 40 to support smaller books such as paperback novels. If you would like to make a full circle bookcase, you’ll need at least 80.

Step 4: Admire your work.

Step 5: Get serious and stack your pieces with some glue in between each piece.

You’re done! Set it up and place your books inside.

Justin & Anna


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