Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Toilet Paper Roll Art

I am a hater of waste. HATE. So for awhile I have been saving my tp rolls trying to think of something to do with them. I've seen cute wreaths made with them, napkin rings and more. All I needed was something that would fit into my home decor. Then I saw this project from Growing Up Creative (long before DesignSponge did their post) and wanted to do it. So, here's The How-To Gal's version of Growing Up Creative's project:

What you need:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls- the number depends on how large your creation will be
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Clear Coat Spray
  • 3m Wall Mount Squares
Let's Get Started!
Start gathering toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls!

Smash the rolls.

Cut slices of the roll to desired thickness. I cut mine into varying 1/2 inch slices- no need to be precise.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have enough pieces.

On a flat surface, arrange your TP pieces into your desired design. Glue pieces together where their sides touch.
Optional:
After my pieces were somewhat dry, I took them into the garage and sprayed with a clear coat. This extra step makes the pieces stiffer and darker in color.

When everything was dry, I attached the pieces to my fireplace's surface with 3m wall mounting squares. To avoid seeing the 3m squares, I cut them into tiny strips and attached them to thick parts of the TP design.

Simple. Easy. Lovely.

And another sample of TP roll art I did on my bedroom wall:

 

28 comments:

  1. I never would have guessed that was made from toilet paper rolls! Looks so cool!

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  2. I have this in 'my file' - I love the look of it! Thanks so much for the tutorial - Yours looks fabulous!

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  3. That is unbelieveable! I thought I had a great trick to reuse toilet paper rolls, stick dryer lint in them and use them to start fire in the fireplace.

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  4. I saw it in person and it looks very chic and beautiful. You would never know it was a TP roll.

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  5. So unique and resourceful. Love it.

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  6. Just stopped by to give you an award! You can pick it up here http://maryjanesandgaloshes.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-first-blog-award.html

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  7. What a great idea! You're so clever!

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  8. So cute! I cannot wait to see it in person!

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  9. Okay, that is nuts! lol What a neat idea. Love it!!! :)

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  10. could you be any more creative??????????????

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  11. oh, I LOVE this! So clever!! PS-- LOVE the look of your new layout. terrific! Did you do it yourself? I didn't see a designer logo anywhere, but I wasn't really looking. Either way, looks great!

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  12. SOO clever! Who knew toilet paper "waste" could be elegant? Found you on Blue Chicken Design & LOVE your unique ideas - definitely becoming a follower:)

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  13. I've seen flowers and a vase made from toilet paper rolls, but not a mantlepiece! THis is beautiful! I featured it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  14. That is awesome! You did a great job to use something that everybody has!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  15. All I can say is wow! It looks amazing!

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  16. WOW! That looks great. What a creative lady you are.

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  17. I would never have guessed what it was made of. I like this idea so much I might try it and then frame it out. Cool.

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  18. Wow, that is a wonderful project. the design you made is awesome.

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  19. that is just gorgeous! I am speechless!! Love it.

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  20. Did you know that your completed project is the Irish symbol for Eternity? I can't wait to get started saving rolls for my own art project. You are very, very clever. I admit, I was happily, shocked and amazed.

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  21. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com for the TP roll categorically crafting show!

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  22. Truly beautiful. I can't believe those are toilet paper rolls! I featured this tutorial, as well as your Blank Wall Solution post, on my blog today. (http://www.snugasabugbaby.com/?p=1105) I am trying to figure out where I might be able to do something like this in my home.

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  23. Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, Stopping by to let you know you’ve been featured at
    http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/2012/03/40-fun-toilet-paper-roll-craft-projects.html

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  24. How do you get it to stick to the wall?

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    1. Alexandra- I stuck them to the wall with 3M mounting tape!

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