Tutorial Tuesday: Toilet Tissue Roll Art

ImageOne of my LOVES in all of life is DIY projects. And not just any DIY projects but OFF THE WALL DIY PROJECTS! So, when I saw this, I had to do it. Of course, I couldn’t do this project until months after I saw it because it took that long to obtain enough toilet tissue rolls to make something of substance. So, without further ado, you will need:

  1. Toilet tissue/paper towel rolls (as many as you can get)
  2. hot glue (or any quick drying crafters glue)
  3. a ruler (optional)
  4. cutting board
  5. xacto knife
  6. primer
  7. spray paint

So, of course you learn from your mistakes. I didn’t use a ruler or primer on my initial creation but realized that they might make the final product look more, um…professional.

The first thing you are going to do is remove all the toilet tissue/paper towel from the rolls. Nothing will give away “homemade” like small pieces of tissue hanging off of your creation. This can be challenging especially if your tissue is one-ply.

After you have removed the remaining tissue/paper towel, flatten the roll onto the cutting board and using the ruler as a guide, cut your rolls into even sections. (Measure the length of the toilet tissue and divide by four. Divide by six for the paper towels.) The ruler will help make the cuts straight. This will come in handy later.

After you have cut your rolls, you are ready to assemble your creation. This, for me, was very relaxing. Use your hot glue gun to attach the pieces to each other. NOTE: Make sure that you are attaching them so that they are even with each other. If you don’t, your piece will come off of the wall when you hang it. Be creative with your design. I’ve added a couple photos for inspiration:

It can be simple.

ImagePhoto Cred: http://joyfullyjensen.blogspot.com/2011/05/toilet-tissue-roll-wall-art.html

Or not…

ImagePhoto Cred: http://deeznews-dee.blogspot.com/2012/04/its-toilet-tissue-issue.html

Once your piece is how you want it, prime the cardboard. This is probably the hardest part. Depending on how big your piece is, you may need more that one can here. The cardboard is pretty absorbent so more than one coat may also be needed. make sure that you get into every nook and cranny. This will require you to spray from all angles and don’t forget to turn your piece over and spray it (after it dries).

After your primer has dried, paint your piece with any spray paint that you like. Again, you need to spray it from all angles and turn the piece over and spray from the other side.

Adding wire, flowers, metallic accents, beads, etc…will personalize your piece and make it your own. Look around your home. You’re bound to find something that will inspire you.

Once your piece is completely dry, it’s ready to be hung. You want to be careful with it. After all, it’s still just toilet paper/paper towel rolls but, once it’s on the wall, no one will know! It’s definitely a conversation starter.

I loved doing this project and am soon going to make another piece using toilet tissue/paper towel rolls. Until next time…


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