Friday, September 28, 2007

DIY Recycled Cable Spool

DIY Recycled Cable Spool

Works great with iPod headphones and cellphone ear pieces!
Have a stack of empty trays from a frozen dinner binge? Turn them into useful cable spools. Each tray can make about 4 cable spools. First I designed my shape in Adobe Illustrator. I pinced the the sides a little and the hole is roughly the diameter of your standard hole-punch. I printed out a sheet of templates. Cut them out. Then used clear packing tape to afix them to the frozen dinner tray. I started the cut ordinary scissors, but paused as I passed a corner to punch the hole. If you cut it all the way out, the tape will nolonger hold the template in place. The last step is to cut a slit to the hole so you can slip the cable in the hole. I haven't determined if angled or straight is best.

Download a PDF of the cable spool templates.

Reuse Those Trays
These trays are great for warming food in the microwave. Some can be used in the oven! Two identical trays make a bottom in a lid. Cover your food, keeping it moist and the microwave clean. You can even use them to keep left over by covering with foil or plastic wrap.

If you don't reuse them, please rinse off and recycle them.

Hot Tray Caddy for Frozen Dinners

Hot Tray Caddy for Frozen Dinners
Laugh in face of uncomfortable temperatures and cautionary warnings!
Reuse that box your frozen dinner came in as a caddy to carry that hot tray fresh out of the microwave. Trace the top rim of the tray on a side of the box. Then, redraw the oval line about a quarter of an inch inside the trace-line. Note the ends of the oval are square-ish so adjust the inner line accordingly. Use an X-acto knife to cut the shape out. It helps to reseal the end of the box with some packing tape first. It makes the box less flimsy.

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More projects at my blog, Pizza Box Art

Hot Tray Caddy for Frozen Dinners

Friday, July 20, 2007

Environmentally-Friendly End Table

Cardboard end table

I had this box sitting around for weeks and I started using it as an end table. So one day I decided why not just transform it into an actual end table!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

'Cardboard can' for soda?

What in the name of sustainability is a "cardboard can" that's under development for carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)? Even the developer admits the idea may be ahead of its time.

According to Alan Hart, VP consumer products-USA of Sagentia Ltd. (, the company is more a "do-tank" than think-tank. And while it has been thinking for some time about the concept of a "cardboard can," now they are trying to do something about it.


Saturday, May 19, 2007

Zombies!!! Card tray and playing piece bins.

This is how the box should have been designed...

Whoops! I have been working on trays for my Zombies!!! game and TWICE I freakin' miscalculated. At least on the first tray I caught it on the mock-ups. I just finished the larger tray which is supposed to optimize space in the box and it did just the opposite... Not sure what I was thinking. I guess I was a little rushed when I started designing the schematic. I even printed it today once and saw before cutting it was off and missing parts and edited it. Oh well.

New schematic done.

The one thing that sucks is that I am running out of paper. I get these design magazines that have paper sample in them - you know the ones that are all stiff and make it difficult to thumb through the magazine? I have been using those cause they are pretty heavy. I'd guess 60#-100# card stock. Plus, because they are printed on, they make interesting trays.

The card tray:
tray finished mockup 2
The mockup shows what it looks like with the cards in the tray

The playing piece bin-tray:
Second tray (actually a bin)
Nice - but way too big for its intended purpose

The re-engineered bin(s)
finished bins with pieces bins in the box
After making a bin that worked, I decided to make two bins with subdivisions for all the game pieces. Bonus, the bins are designed to be used during game play.

Naturally, I ate out of bins!
eating out of bins
Bins keep things neat.

For more pictures and description:
Flickr set for the playing card tray

Flickr set for the playing piece bins

Saturday, May 12, 2007

2006 number1

2006 number1

Inspired by art found in the movie "Heathers" 38x28"

2006 number1 materials

2005 Christmas Card

This isnt made from a pizza box, but its made from paper...



I Designed in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Printed with an Epson C80 on Simpson Evergreen paper. Hand trimed with a straight edge and a rule. Hand folded. Made about 50 of these.


Pizza Box Popcorn Bowl

Pizza Box Popcorn Bowl

Bowl fits the average 3 oz microwave popcorn bag.

Materials: Empty pizza box, an Xacto knife or scissors, masking tape, a pen, and one 3 oz. package of microwave popcorn, popped.

See my Flickr set for complete instructions

Saturday, March 17, 2007

DIY Wine Rack from a Box

Do it yourself wine rack with a an Amazon box:

Starting materials

I am thinking I want to keep them on. I have a few of these boxes. That means you can make stackable wine racks.

Envisioning the bottle position

To start, make some templates of the wine bottle girth. By lying the bottle in the box, you can get an idea of how the bottle will sit. Remember, the bottle should tilt towards the cork. You can achieve this by making the bottom of opposing cutouts at the same height.

Tip: use the widest bottle you have to make the templates.

Sketching the patterns

You can see I sketched out traces of both ends of the bottles (inner circles) then I roughly sketched out the shapes I will cut out. (I used previously used paper in order to conserve.) I've also added about 3/16ths of an inch to the the trace. The bottle will still sit snuggly, but not pinched.

Afterthought: I discovered after cutting I made the neck slots a little too wide.

Now I will cut these out and trace them on to the sides of the box. Use a ruler or such to line up the center of the cutouts on the opposing sides. Since this the mock-up, I am just eyeballing it. You can also measure from the edge of the box equal distances on both sides and align the center of the cutouts to those markings. Aw, heck, I'll measure mine too. My box is about 12 inches wide so that will be the center of my center cut outs. Once that cut out is marked, I'll eye ball the left and right cutouts, centering them in the space.

Tip: you can find the center of the cutout by folding it in half.

I've taped the cutouts on the same side to check the depth. I can probably add a quarter inch to the depth of the cutouts you can also see that we'll get about three bottles in this wine rack. Alternating the direction of the bottles and squeezing them together you might be able to rack 4 bottles. For this mock-up I am just going to accommodate 3 bottles in the same direction.

Checking the patterns for size

Now I will trace the cut outs on both sides.

Tracing the cut outs

After the cut outs are traced, I cut them out with an Xacto knife.

Here is the wine rack with bottles in it.

Wine rack with three bottles

Here is the wine rack with the flaps taped into position.

The finished wine rack

Tip: If you use boxes of the same size, you can stack these. Now you can stack them in a cabinet or closet. If your wine racks are out in the open, cover them with contact paper before cutting. Or, you can paint them. The cardboard soaks up paint, so be sure to use a primer.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Wii Controller Holster

Everyone needs a place to store the controllers! My latest frozen pizza box project is a Wii controller and nunchuck holder.

raw materialsholster in actionStep one: Sketch out the idea

See my Flickr photo-set.

frozen pizza box
dry cleaning hanger
X-acto knife
white glue

Step one: sketch out the pattern on a piece of paper. The controller pocket is 1.5 x 1.25 x 6 inches. The nunchuck pocket is 2.5 x 1.75 x 5 inches. That back piece is 5 x 6 inches. I used an extra 2 in on three sides, folded back and glued down to re-enforce the back piece, make it stiffer. The hanger is bent to fit the end of my desk.

Step two: carefully open the glued end of the frozen pizza box . Using the ruler and pencil draw the pattern on the cardboard. You should be able to get both pockets on one side of the pizza box.

Step three: DOUBLE CHECK THE DIMENSIONS. My first pass through I made two controller pockets. Didn't realize it until I glued them down. Had to tear it apart and reglue new pockets.

Step four: Carefully use the X-acto and ruler to cut out the pockets and back piece. Use the back of the X-acto to lightly score the folding lines.

Step five: Bend the folds. You can lay the ruler against the bend to help keep the bend straight.

Step six: Once all the pieces are cut and bent, start gluing the pockets. I glued the pockets first before I glued the back. It's best to use a scrap of cardboard to spread the glue evenly and completely.

Step seven: Carefully bend the hanger to the dimensions you need. I used some pliers to help. I began bending by making the hanger straight. For the hanger that is under the cardboard its best to extend both ends so they overlap.

Step eight: lay out the bent hanger and carefully cut two holes just below the fold on the back. You should be able to insert the hanger without unbending it. Once the hanger is in, you can glue down the flaps. Its ok to liberal with glue on the area the hanger is against the cardboard.

Your done! Give it time to dry before using.

Extra: you can paint it or color it!