Did you know that every year, on the 3rd Friday of September, cities all over the world turn their metered parking spaces into actual parks for the day? The worldwide movement is called PARK(ing) Day, and anyone from a participating city can reserve a spot to turn into a little miniature park. You should check out some of the parks from last year’s PARK(ing) Day here!
As you may have guessed, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK will be creating a “parklet” this year on September 15th, and you can find us in The Gulch in front of the e.Allen boutique and Bar Louie. Like most organizations, our park will have an eco-friendly theme… We plan to make our whole park out of cardboard boxes! Our ground cover, planters, and park benches will all be made out of recycled cardboard boxes from the office. And you may be wondering, how in the world can you make a sturdy bench out of a cardboard box?
Here’s what you need to make a cardboard chair that can actually support your weight:
- 2 Large and 1 Medium TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes
- Box cutter or crafting knife
- Anything you’d like to decorate your chairs–we used colored duct tape
Step 1: Cut your two large boxes down to size.
Each flattened moving box can be taken apart into one flat piece with the seam at one corner. When you lay down the fully disassembled box, you can cut the top and side edges to adjust the size of your final chair. Our chairs are about 1.5 feet tall, with the large boxes each about 5 feet long, but you can modify these measurements to your preference. Be sure to use the boxes’ folding corners to your advantage by keeping each folding corner an equal distance from the two cut sides of the box surface.
Step 2: Cut the slits that allow your two boxes to fold into one another.
In total, you’ll be cutting 8 slits that will allow your two side pieces to fit into one another.
The red slits in the photo above show how to make the center cuts. On your first piece of cardboard, find the midpoint of the two end trifolds, and cut from that midpoint out to the top edge. On the second piece, cut from the midpoint of the two end trifolds down to the bottom edge
The final blue cuts need to be made on the end sections of the trifolds as well. The far left trifold sections need a cut from the bottom edge up to the middle of the piece, and the far right trifolds need a cut from the top edge down to the middle. We positioned these blue cuts about 3 inches away from the edge of each cardboard piece.
Step 3: Use the box folds to create two triangular side pieces.
You can slide the two blue cuts into one another to secure these triangular pieces. You’ve just made the sides of your chair!
Step 4: Slide these two triangles into one another to create the outer shell of your chair.
Now you’ll use the red slits to connect the skeleton of your chair’s sides and provide stability for the person sitting on the chair. To add to the comfort level of the “sitter,” we added some extra pieces of cardboard in the center square.
Step 5: Cut out the top piece of the chair.
You’re almost done! Now it’s time to take your medium box apart, the same way you did with the large boxes. Cut out one of the four folding sections and set it on top of your chair sides to figure out how big you’ll need the top piece to be. Trim it down to size so you have a rectangle with four corners matching the four outer corners of your chair (see the green marks in the photo above).
Step 6: Cut out the top and bottom slits you need for the seat.
Use the orange marks in photo above to note how you’ll make a slit from the top and bottom edges of your seat up to the corner point in skeleton of your chair. These slits will allow you to make triangles to fold into the sides of the chair and secure the top. You’ll need to make your own fold marks along the dotted purple lines to finish up the seat.
You’re done! Now you can decorate the chairs as you’d like, or just leave them the way they are!
We hope you’ll come see our park on PARK(ing) Day, or even create your own parklet! Find all the directions and reserve your parking space online.
Do you need help moving your park supplies to your space, or just help moving into a new home or office space? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or check out our website for a free moving estimate.