Do-It-Yourself Mini Japanese Cyborg Monster Shelf

December 18, 2008  at 6:37 PM
Ever wonder how many milk cartons you have used and thrown away? Here is an example of how you can recycle and turn these under-appreciated breakfast packaging into mini shelves using simple yet creative methods. Let your imagination run wild : )

Firstly, draw out a sketch of how you envision your mini shelf to look like. For this tutorial, I am going to draw out a little sketch of a cyborg monster looking carton. Sketching is a good way to give you a direction as you are building on the design of the shelf. Remember to date the sketch as this will let you recall when you did these wonderful doodles.



Now, prepare your materials. We will be needing:
1. Penknife
2. White Glue/UHU GLue
3. Acrylic Paint (Black & White)
4. Paint Brushes
5. Cloth
6. Ruler
7. Brown Strings
8. White Cardboard
9. A Bowl of Water
10. Black Marker
11. Transparent Plastic Tubes
12. Used Milk Carton (washed and dried)



Following the sketch as a rough guide, use a black marker to draw and cut out a rectangular hole from the milk carton for the 'mouth' of the monster. This hole will also be where the shelves are located.



After that, paint the whole milk carton using White arcylic paint. Let dry for a few minutes after the first coat then apply the second coat to cover the images and wordings on the box. Wait for the paint to dry. Acrylic paints dry rather quickly, so be careful not to let your brushes dry up with the paint. If they do, soak the brushes in turpentine, and you're all set.



While waiting for the paint to dry, we can start to make the Japanese 'Floor Mat' Shelving. Use a ruler to draw and measure out two 7x7cm squares on the cardboard. Cut these out with a penknife. Place some white glue or UHU glue on one cardboard square. Then gently wrap the brown strings around the cardboard in a repeated motion. Wrap until the whole cardboard is nicely covered up with the strings. There you have it, a DIY mini Japanese floor mat shelf. Repeat for the other cardboard to make two shelves.


Now that the white acrylic paint on the carton is dry, dip a thin brush into the black acrylic paint and paint out the hair and eyes of the monster. Don't worry if the paint goes off course. Let it dry then paint over with white acrylic again. If the acrylic paint gets too dry and lumpy, dilute it with only a few drops of water. Paint the milk carton cap black too. Then let dry.



Once everything is dry, cut out three 17cm long transparent plastic tubes. Glue the ends of the tubes onto the sides of the carton box to make the cyborg monster's mechanic like ears. Or hands.



Finally, glue the Japanese floor mat shelves into the hole of the carton box.



Tada! Now we have a Mini Japanese Cyborg Monster Shelf. You can now place your favourite miniature collections onto these shelves and decorate your walls and tables with these little adorable crafts. Want to share? Create your very own milk carton shelves and remember to leave a photo link in the comments or post photos of your creations at my Flickr Group:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/975243@N21/

Enjoy :D

16 comments:

Craig said...

Very cool! I want to make one!!

Jennifer
jennifereladd@yahoo.com
http://jenniferladd.etsy.com

zhengning said...

this is so cute!

Lifestylewithlove said...

Can I check with you where did you get that plastic tube in Singapore?

Thanks.

Beru Betto said...

Oh I got it from Art Friend : )

grobot said...

I love this idea. I go through a lot of cartons so I should be able to work on this pretty soon! =D

Beru Betto said...

That's awesome : D Hope you have lots of fun with it!

viagra online said...

I really like the ideas they provide and as the subject development. thank you very much!

long prom dresses said...

Just to say,I am glad to read so good article in the webstie.Well,OK.I have to say,what a wonderful blog it is.thank you for your sharing so good articles in the website.I like it very much.It is very interesting in it.Look forward to reading so good articles in the website.long prom dresses

Well,OK.I have to say,what a wonderful blog it is.thank you for your sharing so good articles in the website.I like it very much.It is very interesting in it.Look forward to reading so good articles in the website.short prom dresses


8.Just to say,I am glad to read so good article in the webstie.Well,OK.I have to say,what a wonderful blog it is.thank you for your sharing so good articles in the website.I like it very much.It is very interesting in it.Look forward to reading so good articles in the website.Prom dresses under 100

Viagra said...

This is so creative and amazing! Thank you for sharing this.

westin hotel cincinnati said...

Very interesting article you have got here. I think of your blog is pretty, i found it pleasant in google and I put on my list of favorites would like to see more posts from u soon. Anyway thanks a lot one more time for the great and informative publication.

Anonymous said...

Worth it to read article you have below. I believe of yourBuy rs gold weblog is quite, i ran across it pleasing on the net and i also wear my listing of favorites would choose to notice more threads through ough in the near future. Regardless thanks a lot one more time with the great along with helpful guide.

Kamagra Oral Jelly said...

Nice site, I have bookmarked your site yet and I will come back again! You have a greatest site!

Elliott Broidy said...

Very creative! Very cute! I approve!

Anonymous said...

You can easily order your Guild Wars 2 Gold on our website. Guildwars2buygold guarantees quality and quickness. Just choose the desired amount of GW2 Gold, your server and send the order.After order paid, please contact our livechat to get your delivery.You will receive your Guild wars 2 Gold from here mostly within a few hours after order confirmed. Delivery of the cheap Guild Wars 2 Gold via trading face to face in game.

jaket kulit said...

Hi,great blog post. Infos are very usefull and saves me huge amount of time which I spend on something else instead of searching posts like this Thank you

ceshi sihao said...

Abnormal favorite online games, such as PC
WoW Gold and Diablo 3 Gold and aion gold and Runescape Gold Are among the most popular game currencies, including the PC and web games.

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails