12 months ago
Hello flowers lovers! In this blog we will introduce you to a wide variety of re-uses of our Fresh-o-Fair Boxes, our goal is to encourage the upcycling of our cardboard.
Upcycling is building something new using materials that are usually discarded after their first use. Together we can reduce the waste that pollutes our planet in an innovative, useful and fun way. That’s why we have created this basic guide of tips to get you started.
Here is a list of some useful tools and materials, bare in mind that it is not necessary to have them all, but they can be useful for the more complex upcycling projects.
Tools and materials
Flower boxes are made of 30% recycled material and have natural components that make them more resistant to moisture.
Please bare in mind that the upcycling projects that we will show you may require different sizes of boxes
We recommend to keep your pencil sharp to give you precision when marking and taking measurements.
A metal ruler is best but any type can be used.
You can use any knife (scalpel, stanley, craft, etc) just make sure it has a sharp blade!
Kitchen scissors are ideal but again, any sharp scissors will serve nicely.
These can be very useful when up-cycling but remember there is always something else you can use if you don’t have one (e.g. super glue, araldite, etc).
Scotch tape / Masking tape
This will mostly be used in internal parts of your design so do not worry about colour or general appearance. Also, the double sided tape is very versatile and can be very useful.
Tips for working with cardboard:
How to cut corrugated cardboard?
Corrugated cardboard is a very resistant material and one must have a lot of patience when cutting it. We recommend using a good quality, sharp blade to make your cut easy and as precise as possible.
First mark the cut area that you have in mind and then make the cut in several strokes (at least 3 or 4). If you try to cut it in a single stroke and with a lot of force it will only make life more difficult and the cut less precise. Using several strokes also reduces the chance of you cutting yourself.
Another option is going to a specialist with a laser cut machine, this method has become increasingly accessible and affordable for the general public. It gives you a very high level of accuracy, but it does require digital files of the design. Each of the up-cycling projects posted in this blog will have the digital files needed attached. We recommend using this method if you are curious (the machines are pretty awesome) but please be aware that it will mean an extra cost when you can simply cut manually.
How to take advantage of the cardboard structure?
You may have noticed that our cardboard boxes are corrugated, this is the characteristic that provides them with structure and strength. When cutting out your design you should consider the direction of the corrugations as this can be the difference between a strong and weak structure.
All up-cycling projects posted in this blog will use this symbol to explain the direction the corrugation should be cut to provide maximum strength to your creation.
How to Fold corrugated cardboard
Corrugated cardboard can be difficult to bend, depending on the direction of the corrugation.
Firstly mark with your pencil where you want to fold, then apply a small amount of pressure with a ruler to score your desired folding line. This technique is particularly useful when folding across the corrugation lines. After scoring, folding should be easier.
This technique will be particularly helpful in creating more complex designs.
What finishes can I give to the cardboard?
This is where you can really test your creativity even more by applying colours or materials of your liking. You could choose from paints or spray cans or threads, fabrics, plastics and paper, the possibilities are endless! To up-cycle even more materials try to use things you have on hand to up-cycle, think ecologically.
For now that’s it but later we will show you other techniques to use for your up-cycling projects.
If you have any questions, tips or designs you would like to share you can do this by using #ReuseFoF on Instagram or Facebook