Saturday, October 6, 2012

6Pack Room Divider Screen

This project comes from the book: Eco-Craft by Susan Wasinger, and is one of 30 projects in the book.

You will need:

40 plastic 6 pk holders
6 boards of 1"x2" pine, 6 feet long
4 pieces of 3/4" trim, 8 feet long
12 wood screws 2 1/4" long
four 2" hinges
1/4" brads or tacks
1" finish nails
Water Based wood stain
Baking Parchment
An Iron
Saw and Miter box
Power Screwdriver


  1. Sandwich a 6 pack holder between 2 pieces of baking parchment. Move the hot iron over the surface for about 30 seconds. Let the parchment cool until it pulls away from the plastic. Then gently peel the parchment apart.
  2. Overlap the bottom edge of one holder with the top edge of the next. Cover with parchment and repeat as you did in step 1. Repeat until you have 3 sheets of plastic, with each being one plastic holder wide by 13 holders long. The "fabric" pieces should be about 8"x45" to fit into the wood panels.
  3. Cut the wood for the panel frames using the saw and miter box. You will need 6 pieces of 1" x 2" pine for the side frames, each about 58" long. Then cut 6 more 7" cross pieces.
  4. Drill two holes in the sides of the long pieces: one 3 3/4" from the top and the other 48 5/8" from the top. Drill a hole in the centre of each end of the cross-braces.
  5. Line up the pre-drilled holes of the side frame pieces and the cross pieces. Drive the screws into place. Hold the wood flat so the panels are square. Once you have assembled the panels, measure the opening and cut your trim pieces to fit. Be sure to mitre the corner pieces at a 45Degree angle for a tidy fit.
  6. Apply the water based stain to the wood pieces and let dry completely.
  7. Lay the plastic sheets in the opening of the wood panels, it should overlap the edge about 1/2" on all sides. Hammer the tiny tacks through the plastic into the wood to secure. One tack every 4-6 inches should do the trick.
  8. Nail the trim into place to cover the plastic edges.
  9. Measure, mark and screw the hinges into place, with two hinges along each adjacent side. For the 3 fold Screen to stand up properly, each set should hinge in opposite directions.