The Documented Life Project challenge for Week 16 was to: “Add a cardboard food box in a creative way.”
For this challenge, I dug through the bin of items we have to take to recycling. We don’t have much in the way of cardboard food boxes but I did find some cracker boxes. I was not feeling inspired by anything printed on the boxes, but as I was looking at the weaving project I had recently done with textile fibers, I decided to try weaving my cardboard boxes. I used the fronts off two different graham cracker boxes, cut the cardboard into half inch strips and started weaving. Cardboard strips don’t want to hold together very well in a weave, so I had to tape the edges as I got the pieces into place. Once I got the cardboard woven together, the printed side still wasn’t giving me any inspiration, but I liked the plain backside of the weave.I decided to cut the back of a Wheat Thins box into strips and wove narrower strips of plain paper between the cardboard to see how that looked. I mixed up the strips so the words would not be showing. I ended up with this and was still stumped about what I was going to do with any of it.Since I was not sure what to do, I looked up quotes on the internet having to do with weaving. Once I came across this quote, I knew what to do with my cardboard weavings. In order to cut the woven cardboard into coat shapes, I covered the front and back of the weaving with packing tape before cutting.
You may not be able to leave your children a great inheritance, but day by day, you may be weaving coats for them which they will wear for all eternity. ~Theodore L. Cuyler
My kids always get Annie’s bunny crackers in their Easter baskets, so as I was filling their baggies, I decided those would be the boxes I used for this page (as well as a couple cereal boxes).
Since it was Easter, I wanted to use the bunny from the front of the package. Using some words from the boxes, I created my Happy Easter page.