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04 Sep

Playful Factory: Cardboard Fort DIY Toy Tutorial

Ikea Accordion Wall

(kind of feels like I am blogging for Ikea Hacker) This toy wall can be used for many things; forts, art projects, mini room dividers, etc... It can also be made into a kid-sized drafting table. DIFFICULTY: 15% TIME: 01h 17m 37s MONEY: $$$$$ MATERIALS:
  • Triangle shipping tubes. They have these for free at Ikea in front of the store at the loading area. You can make your own from a flat sheet of cardboard. Any shipping supply store would also have triangle shipping tubes.
  • Strong tape. I prefer masking tape, because it takes paint really well.
  • Chalkboard or whiteboard paint. (You will also need brushes if you do not get the spray can paints)
  • INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Prepare triangle tubes. Line them all up to see how many tubes you wanted to use. This will determine the length of your wall. (We used twelve) 2. Take each triangle tube and tape it shut for stability. 3. Attach each of the triangle tubes to each other, ensuring that you are creating one side with peaks and valleys and other with a flat surface. It may help to tape both sides of each connection point to secure the connection. 4. Paint the flat side using whiteboard or chalkboard paint. We also used "magnet" primer under the chalkboard paint so that we will be able to hang stuff up with magnets) 5. Get creative on the peaks and valleys side and paint it how ever you would like. We decided to just do a quick whitewash to cover up the Ikea print... This way we can color and that side and repaint over it for very cheap. 6. Enjoy your new cardboard toy!

    EXTRA:

    This is a little bonus instruction on making your wall into a table. 1. Take a serrated knife or small saw and cut a straight line in each peak. (Might help to mark each peak first and then cut) 2. Cut two strips of cardboard the height that you would like your table to be (we cut ours to be 12" high) 3. Run the strips through the cuts and secure in place. Now you have a kid-sized drawing table. Try it, send pictures and let us know how it goes! (Thanks Eewee and Icy-Blue for making this fort with me and thanks to their parents for letting me post this. We had fun!)

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