Cardboard craft boxes to decorate
But my birds are messy so putting the unit on wheels for easy sweeping and cleaning was the first task. I chose the braking type wheels for safety reasons. The birds could perch on the table top for window watching.
I drilled the holes to screw in the caster wheels into the corners of the bottom of the table. Once that was finished, it was nice to spin the table while painting with them attached.
I took an ordinary shipping box that fit into the shelving area of the table,
and removed the flaps; cutting them off with scissors.
Then I tore up paper bags and decoupaged the pieces onto the face of the cardboard box to decorate as a textured covering.
Simply cutting down the center of the top of the boxes and folding the cut parts over,
and taping onto the sides, created strength to the dividers. Then I taped three of the cut and taped boxes together with duct tape.
I used another box and cut out a bottom for the 3 taped boxes for more strength.
Using torn paper bags I decoupaged the entire divider drawer.
I chose this leather belt to cut up for handles.
After selecting and cutting the belt to the size I wanted, I attached the handles with super glue, thumb tacks pushed through the cardboard and bent over with pliers.
Set them to dry thoroughly.
Then placed them into the shelving areas.
This is a lot neater than using baskets under the bird cages!
Have you recycled cardboard? What have you made? Would love to see your ideas!
How do I preserve a cardboard cigar box? | Yahoo Answers
My suggestion would be to go to a local cigar store and ask for an empty cigar box similar to yours. They throw them out anyway. Take it home and try polyurethane on one spot, varnish on another, etc. until you find the one that looks the best.