How to Make a Cardboard Pagoda

by Iam Jaebi
Make a miniature pagoda from cardboard.

Make a miniature pagoda from cardboard.

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A pagoda is a visually distinct type of tower common in the East, often used as Buddhist places of worship or spiritual practice. For these reasons, they are often referred to as "Chinese Pagodas" or "Asian Pagodas." Pagodas have multiple tiers, each one accented by by a horizontal eave, or structural layers that project beyond the walls of the square-shaped tower structure. Pagodas are visually appealing and generally comprised of planar surfaces, making them a straightforward craft project to complete using cardboard.

Items you will need

  • Five 9-by-9-by-3-inch cardboard boxes
  • Four 12-by-12-inch cardboard sheets
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue
  • Paint markers
  • Craft knife
Step 1

Place a 9-by-9-by-3-inch cardboard box on a stable surface to make the base of the pagoda tower. Position 9-by-9 side of the box flat against the surface and 3-inch sides perpendicular to the surface.

Step 2

Mark a line 1 inch from the edge of the cardboard sheet. Next, draw a line parallel to the cardboard sheet's edge across the entire length. Repeat this step for all four edges. This results in a 36-inch square on the face of the cardboard sheet.

Step 3

Cut a small diagonal slit from the corner of the square you drew to the corner of the cardboard sheet. Do this for all four corners of the cardboard sheet.

Step 4

Press your fingers into the line on the cardboard sheet and fold the cardboard upward along the line. Repeat this step for the other three sides of the cardboard sheet.

Step 5

Place glue on the top corners of the 9-inch side of the box. Then, grab the cardboard sheet and position it on top of the box, pressing down firmly to bond it to the glue. Position the sheet with the folds facing up or facing down, your choice.

Step 6

Put glue along all four sides of the cardboard sheet's inner area, about 1 inch away from the folds. Next, orient another cardboard box to match the base and press it firmly against the glue on the cardboard sheet. Repeat Steps 2 through 6 to complete your pagoda tower.

Step 7

Look at a picture of a pagoda you like and use it as inspiration to paint colors and designs on your cardboard pagoda.

Tips & Warnings

  • The pagoda is sturdy enough to support ornaments, jewels or other decorative items you enjoy.
  • Use more boxes if you want to make a taller structure.

About the Author

Iam Jaebi has been writing since 2000. His short story, "The Alchemist," reached over 250,000 readers and his work has appeared online in Thaumotrope and Nanoism. His novel, "The Guardians," was released in 2010 by Imagenat Entertainment. Jaebi is also a business writer specializing in company naming, concept designs and technical writing. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering.

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