Upcycle Update: Cardboard, With More Cardboard

Upcycle Update

For my upcycle project I was initially planning on making a phone stand but the result was too simple and doesn’t involve much upcycling

So the new plan is to make a model out of cardboard(since I have plenty of), the first came to my mind was the second generation of Dodge Charger, with its “boxy” design and the appearance in The Dukes of Hazzard as the iconic “General Lee”, I also want to add some elements from the “General Mayhem” in the car tuning(recycling) programme “Roadkill”


The idea is to layout the basic “bone” structure with cardboard and then put on a skin like the making of the wings of a plane, the cardboard I have are pretty thick and doesn’t stay bent too well so I my need to use paper as the skin.



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  • Jian, this is an awesome idea! Some of this feedback might be redundant to what we discussed in class, but I’ll leave it here. I love the idea of using cardboard. I’m the age of internet shopping, that seems to be something everyone abundantly has. Do you plan on using CAD to layout all the cutout pieces first, or use the more “intuition” approach? Would you also use other material so the car model is more functional, or would you stick to only cardboard? Maybe you can use a straw as the bearings for rotating components (wheels). Also would you leave it unpainted to keep its upcycled look, or go for a more refined polish product?

  • Alexander Thompson
    February 3, 2017 3:30 pm

    Awesome idea! I like that you’re planning on using cardboard for the frame of your car model but might finish it off with something else, like the wing on an airfoil that you’ve shown here. I would recommend potentially using the laser cutter (if you can, I’m not sure they’ll let you use the one at the ITLL with flammable materials like cardboard) to get more exact and cleaner edges. It would be worth looking into. You might also consider making the whole thing out of cardboard to give it a more rustic look. It depends on what aesthetic you’re really looking at achieving at the end. Good luck with this project! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.


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