Recycled Paper Furniture

78 TUTOR: Jo Mosesson

Create your own paper furniture by employing a technique that uses recycled cardboard and other everyday waste materials, such as used flour bags and tights. You will discover how to construct your 'board' and then the tutor will guide you through assembling a step stool to establish the principles of making. Your stool will be useful, strong and beautiful and you can choose to decorate it with collage, acrylics, stencilling or varnish to a fine finish. The tutor will provide samples and pictures for inspiration. She will also provide the basic tools you need in class and will have some items available for you to purchase so you can continue developing this fun, practical and creative skill at home.

Course Notes


Brief Introduction of course members.

Personal CV.

Short history of paper furniture.

Basic instruction, as required, on measurement, construction, preparation, decoration and tool safety.

Make paste (flour and water), boards (corrugated cardboard), and a template.(cereal box)

Measure and cut a template for a basic stool.

Draw stool on pre-made board and cut out using saw and knife.


Construct stool.

Using cereal box create 'angle irons'

Using paper technology layer paper, two layers, recycled newspaper. Dry

Measure second item template.


Continue from yesterday as required.

Add final brown paper ( recycled)flour bags layer. Leave to dry.

Prepare decorations- tear collage from recycled magazines, old maps

Plan design for acrylic paints

Cut out stencils from recycled cereal box

Continue second item (as time allows) puzzle, game, waste bin or tray


Decorate first and second item when dry

When dry, varnish first and second item

If time allows:

Make a rod from recycled cereal box to improve strength and stability in larger items.

Make earth paints: finding different coloured soils in the school grounds.


Final completions from any of the areas above, as participants will be working at their own pace.

Discussion on recycling issues- if appropriate

Review of course.

For interest: Book references for further construction techniques.

Assistive Cardboard Equipment by Jean Westmacott

ISBN 978-0-9932494-1-9

Neville Paker 1989/ Digitised 2013 Appropriate Paperbased Technology

Practical Action Publishing Ltd

Items for students to bring:

  • Notebook
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Apron
  • Ruler
  • Any decorative ideas eg recycled magazines or stencil shapes eg stars, animals.
  • Acrylic paints and brushes if you have them.

Items supplied by tutor:

  • Saws
  • Set-squares
  • Knives
  • Piercers- opportunity to buy £3.00 each
  • Scissors
  • Metal tape measure
  • Whisks
  • Large bowls
  • Small bowls
  • Table spoon

Recycled items supplied by tutor:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Cereal packets
  • Newspapers
  • Flourbags
  • Recycled nylon tights

Course Tutor

Jo Mosesson

Jo Mosesson

About Jo

Jo Mosesson trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist in the UK for many years.

She now works with recycled paper materials and has run courses in the UK and in several African countries.

She has given talks at Women's Institutes and other clubs.

She works with a group in Hampshire and products are sold at fares and sales.

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