BUILD IT: FOLDSCHOOL CHAIRS
Fig. A: Cut cardboard pieces and leave the pattern until
you’ve made the creases. Fig. B: Fold and glue each
piece, taping in place until the glue dries.
4. Assemble your chair.
a. Once the glue has dried, carefully remove the
tape from all your pieces.
b. Using the punched holes as your guide (the
surfaces with matching holes will connect), glue
the shapes together (Figure C).
You may find it easier to glue a few together and let
them dry a bit before continuing. As you go, tape the
edges together to hold the pieces in place (Figure D).
c. After the glue has dried, remove the tape and
take a seat!
If you’re into simplicity, Foldschool furniture
looks super cool as-is. However, if you’re like
me, you won’t be able to resist doing a bit of
customization! Here are some fun ideas to
get you started.
a. Decoupage your chairs using paper and
gel medium (available from art supply stores).
The great thing about gel medium is that it
acts as both glue and varnish and will even
give your chair some degree of waterproofing.
It’s water-based, nontoxic, and completely
clear when dry.
b. Upholster your chairs with gel medium and fun
fabrics (Figure E). Any fabric will work as long as it’s
not stretchy. I used some very thin, vintage kimono
fabric, as well as a thicker, contemporary Japanese
fabric, and both worked great.
You don’t have to turn under the edges of your
fabric since the gel will seal it and prevent fraying.
Spread a thin layer of gel medium, place the fabric,
and let it dry before spreading another layer over
the top of the fabric.
c. Reduce the pattern by half and make doll-sized
chairs. You don’t need as much cardboard, and it’ll
give those plushy pals a place to sit at tea parties!
d. Give some markers and crayons to the kids, and
just stand back and watch!
Anna Dilemna is a doll maker and freelance writer who has
lived in New York City, Santiago, Chile, and Tokyo, Japan.
Currently she lives in Switzerland and eats a lot of cheese.
Her website is at