I've toyed around with the idea of avoiding the word "toilet", calling them something benign like "paper rolls"...but in the end I just decided to call a spade a spade. We all use them. We throw them away ALL the time! Is there anything more satisfying then turning a throw away item into a treasure?
Please join me in my creative journey and maybe create your own.
I've been collecting toilet paper rolls for years. HUGE drawer full. I had plans...in my head. But last year, in the middle of a renovation, I decided to throw them all away. So BIG thanks to my neighbors and friends who donated their rolls via my facebook plea once I decided to actually take the ideas out of my head to do them for Studio 5.
This ubiquitous throw-away household item is a crafter's dream. Made of chipboard; a sturdy paper product that is easy to cut, yet durable and easy to paint, and it's already in the shape of a roll! A few creative cuts and you have endless possibilities!
What I didn't realize, until I looked, was how many other crafters have a mind and drawer full of rolls too! There are some clever, beautiful toilet paper roll projects on the internet and Pinterest.
Here is my take on an already popular paper roll technique (Cross section) and my contribution (Molding) to the world of toilet paper rolls!
You'll need the following supplies:
Toilet Paper Rolls (as well as paper towel, wrapping paper etc...)
Sharp Scissors with a fine tip for detailed cuts
Ruler & Pencil
Variety of spray paints
Hot Glue Gun (not low temp glue gun)
Variety of Brads or other charms/buttons/nail heads.
Cross Section Technique
Flatten out a paper roll. Mark one length every 5/8" with a ruler and a pencil. Repeat this on the other length. Use these marks as a guide to cut the roll into cross sections. These are the base for so many creative possibilities.
You'll get seven strips from a toilet paper roll, or twice that much from a paper towel roll. You'll need 81 strips or 12 toilet paper rolls.
I created some different shapes by folding a strip in half, adding a bead of glue to create a double leaf piece. I also pushed one end in a bit, adding a bead of glue to create a heart shape.
You can create your own design or copy mine. In which case I made 9 heart shapes and 8 double leaves.
I used a 10" mirror I bought at Michaels Crafts. I owe my woodworking friend, Brent, BIG time for cutting a 10" circle from 5/8" thick wood. The rest was just design and glue, then spray paint.
I did end up glueing large brad heads into design where the pieces intersects. It emphasized the metal look I was trying to achieve.
I glued the mirror on with hot glue.
Lastly, I hammered in a saw tooth hanger on both ends and hung on a nail.
Fun piece that is hanging in my family room right now!
I think this would make a cool clock or some word art in the center.
The same technique can be made to create endless designs. Here's one I found that is HUGE and quite beautiful.
Or you can create smaller pieces like these pretty snowflakes. Perfect for decorating or gift toppers. I added additional hot glue to the top of each snowflake and sprinkled quickly with chunky glitter and some pretty brads.
This was my attempt at creating something original and it was fun! This technique is more artsy and creative, so don't attempt perfection, it's really not necessary. Hey, they're toilet paper rolls, there's more where those came from!
I wanted to create something for the Fall, so decided to create a sunflower. The basket is my prototype. It's more of a roadside sunflower, which I still love, but for the wreath I doubled the center for a truer ratio.
These flowers have real impact so you don't really need much more. Just some simple Burlap ribbon and a dark background to make the flowers pop.
I haven't used a grapevine wreath in a long time, but it really works with these flowers. Hanging on my door! (because I sprayed them with waterproof paint they can be outdoors).
This is a 2 part flower. You'll make the center first from 2 paper towel rolls, then the petals are made with 8 toilet paper rolls. Here are some pictorials that should help. Let me know if you have any questions.
and then...well I could just go on and on and will one day, but I did decide to make a poinsettia flower. For no other reason that I wanted to use the Red and Glitter Spray paint I bought. Pictures for tutorial coming on Saturday...have to start teaching my classes now! :)