In my own words: Pinterest 7: Toilet paper roll art Oooohhhhh myyyyyy GOODNESS this one took forever! Man. I've even made toilet paper wall art before, you'd think I would learned my lesson. That one too forever too, mostly because I was dumb and painted it by hand with a junky paintbrush after I had glued it all together. But I wanted something fancier. I used the balsa as the frame for my art, cutting it with a craft knife thing. Then, for the curly parts I cut the toilet paper roll once lengthwise and then cut strips roughly the same depth as the wood width wise. Oh gosh. But... Anyway, then I came to the really hard part. Coming up with a design. I didn't want to copy anyone else's work so I was trying to come up with my own look that wasn't totally lame. That was the part that took the longest if I'm being honest. But things eventually started to come together and a short million hours later I was about done and hadn't taken any more pictures. Sorry about that. However you choose to do it, eventually you'll be ready to paint. Or are we...?
Handspun Recycled Newspaper Yarn Recently a commenter asked what they could do with all the old newspapers they had piling up. With enough time, patience, and newspapers you can create newspaper yarn. From the design studios of Greetje van Tiem and her “Indruk” project she can purportedly spins 20yds of “yarn” from a sheet of old newspaper. Similar to our post on Plarn, newspaper yarn can be woven into varying degrees of complexity to construct anything from curtains, to rugs, netting throws, or even upholstery. This great craft can create usable additions around the home and is a upcycle for your Sunday Post. Of course the question is "how to spin newspaper yarn?" You will need: ScissorsNewspaperSpindle 1) Take a full sheet from your paper and fold in to about fourths. 2) Cut half inch strips along the width of this folded paper. 3) Create a “lead” with your first strip by twisting it up tightly with your fingers. 4) Wrap the lead around the base of your spindle to begin the process. More Recycled Craft Ideas
Faux Metal Wall Art (Including FREE patterns!) bySusan MyersonAugust 31, 2012 This faux metal wall art project was originally published on The Sitcom in December 2010, and was recently featured in the August issue of Crafts ‘N Things Magazine. Who knew that a bunch of toilet paper tubes and an idea would become so big? I’m so glad that you stopped by to check out this fun tutorial! It is the most popular craft project on the Sitcom! So let’s make something with toilet paper tubes! Yep, I said toilet paper tubes. I mentioned to my family that I’m collecting toilet paper tubes for use on some projects that were bouncing around in my head. They hand them to me when I least expect them, neatly packaged in Kroger bags, fully confident that whatever I have in mind for them is worth the extra effort. At Christmas, I was given a bag of them along with my Christmas present. I decided to try my hand at mixing some quilling techniques and toilet paper tubes to come up with some faux metal wall art to spice up my Southwestern theme kitchen.
Out Of A Nutshell Out Of A Nutshell Coconut Shell - As A Craft Material Despite this initial setback, coconut shell does seem like it has potential as a crafting material - it's reasonably hard, seems more or less grainless and (judging by the piece I tested, below) it looks like it ought to polish up nicely once all the fuzz is sanded away. If you've got any ideas about things I could make from coconut shell, please feel free to drop me a line. I like coconut - I was opening one the other day and started wondering what I could make out of the tough, durable shells. i decided to try to make a French Knitting bobbin... So I started by draining the water from an unopened coconut, then cutting out a circular hole in one end, using a holesaw in my drill press. I cut a smaller hole in the opposite end Then I marked a line around the equator of the shell - by holding a pencil at the right level, then rotating the nut against it on a flat surface. What Went Wrong content nutshell
Faux Metal Filigree Frame Tutorial My youngest daughter got married last month and I now have a new son-in-law. And I thought it would be nice to put together a hand-made frame for some of her nicer photos of the two of them together. So naturally, my mind went to toilet paper. Oh wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. So the idea of a Faux Metal Filigree Frame was born. For this project I used: (4 ea.) About 20 Toilet Paper Tubes (2 ea.) 3/8″ wide dowels about 36″ long each (Purchased from my local craft store) Hot Glue White Gloss Spray paint A ton of patience The first step was to take the frames apart, separating the glass and cardboard backing from the actual frame. Once they are laid out the way you want them, cut the dowels to hot glue on the backs of the frames. Carefully turn your piece over. Now cut the toilet paper tubes once length-wise, then mark 1/4″ lines along the width of the tube so that your strips will have a curl. The pattern for my frame was made up as I went. Be sure to glue to the frames as you go.
More Drink Can Tinwork - Hexagonal Snowflake Box Tinwork Embossed tinwork is sometimes used to decorate rustic style photo or mirror frames, or just to make decorative items such as Christmas tree decorations. The metal used is usually thicker (tinplate) and is normally worked with hammered tools - I wanted to try to get a similar effect, but with a bit less effort. Free Downloadable Template If you want to try this for yourself, I've created this PDF template with patterns for both base and lid. When printed on A4 paper, the designs should be the right size to work with metal cut from a 440ml can or larger. More Metalwork If this project interested you, you might also like Lost Wax Casting Safety This project makes use of very thin sheet metal that is likely to have sharp, jagged edges and is prone to springing back. Great care should be taken to avoid injury. This project probably isn't suitable for children - and certainly not without supervision. I cut open and flattened out an aluminium beer can and taped it down to a cork-backed mat.
Thrifty Crafty Girl: Wrought Iron, Except It's Not. Before I start talking about this awesome project, I have to give some props to the blogger who inspired it. Her name is Suzy. She has a sitcom. I haven't found it in my local listings yet, which probably means she held out for the big HBO or Showtime money. Smart girl. See Suzy's blog here. Did you look? Me: Hey, Suze. We sounded more educated in real life. So I did it: That's right... wrought iron. First, you call your family and ask them to save all their toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Once you've acquired a ridiculous amount of toilet paper and paper towel rolls (I didn't count how many I used because I am thoughtless. Cut your toilet paper rolls down the side and unfold it, keeping the curl. Suzy did an awesome quilled monogram project that I would also like to do eventually... but I can only steal one project at a time from her. I used paper towel rolls for the long straight strips, just cut longways instead of with the curl. Toilet paper roll art. Visit Suzy.
More Drink Can Tinwork - Star-Shaped Box Free Downloadable Templates If you want to try this for yourself, I've created two PDF templates: this one has base and lid patterns to fit metal taken from a 330ml can - and this one is for use with a tall 440ml can. - they ideally need to be printed on A4 paper. See page 3 for more details on how to use these templates - because this one is a bit more complex, they're laid out in two colours - the red lines need embossing from the front face of the metal. More Metalwork If this project interested you, you might also like Lost Wax Casting Safety This project makes use of very thin sheet metal that is likely to have sharp, jagged edges and is prone to springing back. Great care should be taken to avoid injury. This project probably isn't suitable for children - and certainly not without supervision. More tinwork fun with drink cans. Up to now, I've been scrubbing off the paint from the metal before making the boxes, or at least constructing them so that it's hidden on the inside.
Revolutionaries: A Project for Fall! Hello my blog friends! I'm so pumped to share a project I finished today! It's simple, cheap, quick, and fall-y (yes, that is a word). Anyway... Why? [Side note: please pin from the original source so the credit goes to the right person! But I also love projects involving trees/branches like these: Then, I saw this yesterday and even though it's not made from toilet paper rolls, I thought, hmm.... color behind the toilet paper rolls? So basically... What you need: 1. 3. How to do it: 1. 2. 3. 4. 4. 5. 6. It's so.. fall. And I love that I used things I already had in my craft stuff and I recycled toilet paper rolls! Would it be bad to keep it up all year? Update: here are some more pictures that I took in better lighting! Looking for more toilet paper projects?
Orange Peel Box Where It All Started This idea developed from the observation that citrus fruits, such as the orange below, develop a hard, tough skin texture when it is allowed to dry out - in this case, because the outer waxy zest layer has been pared away. If You Like That, You Might Like This Drink Can Tinwork Soft drink cans are easily recyclable as scrap metal, but I fancied trying something a little more direct - a simplified form of tinwork Recycled Christmas Card Gift Boxes These little gift boxes are made from recycled Christmas cards - they're easy to make and can be filled with tasty treats or small gifts for the tree or as stocking fillers. I've noticed that citrus peel dries out to form quite a tough, leathery material. Making The Orange Peel Box I started with a bag of fresh navel oranges. The idea will be to stretch the empty skins over two differently-sized forms (in this case, two empty jam jars) - so as to form a base and a lid that fits over it. What Next