Putting a Lid on it…

While we had a very clear vision for the packaging element of our project, we were stumped when it came to how the lid of the box connects with the rest. We had envisioned the packaging as kind of gift box, and a lid that would entirely lift off would echo this notion; but how do we then attach this type of lid tightly and securely to the body of the box whilst in transit?

We tried split pins that were poked from the inside of the box through holes in the lid and then secured on the outside – but this was far too fiddly and unreliable. As there are corresponding holes in the box to the ones on the lid we thought about using cable ties – but the obvious problem with this is that you would need scissors to cut off the ties, and the scissors were IN the box… Next we experimented with the same cord that was used to suspend the structure; we liked the connotation to the ribbon that is often used to fasten gift boxes, and the continuity of materials used in the shelter itself. Many combinations of threading the cord through the lid and box were tried, but we just didn’t come across any way of threading and weaving that would both secure the lid and be easy to open.

Experimenting with the cord led us to realise that the best way to secure the tabs on the lid flat against the body of the box was to somehow tie the ends of the cord at the bottom of the box… Feeling quite frustrated at this point, some bright spark (thanks Deborah!) suggested we use elastic instead of the cord. EUREKA! While not strictly a material used in the shelter, we managed to find a black elastic that very closely resembled the black cord we had used.

Tying a flattened rivet to to the end of the elastic cord so that it doesn’t pull through the holes in the lid

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Threading the elastic cord through the holes in the lid, so that the rivet sits against the interior of the lid

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Exterior view of the cord through the lid

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View of the kitset shelter packaging with all the elastic lengths in place

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The elastic cord is then stretched around the box to secure the lid in place

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View of the base of the box

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All in all a very successful and pleasing solution to the problem, creating a tight and secure connection to the rest of the box (and you can play a tune on it if you get bored!) We are very happy with it!

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