Wednesday, July 7, 2010

DIY Project: Roll with Me, TP

You use toilet paper. We all do. There's no getting around it. Unless you kick it old school and use a corn cob or leaves or even your hand to wipe. I just threw up in my mouth. That's going a little too green. Anyway. Why not put the empty rolls to good use? I found this article a few weeks back on Design Sponge and was inspired by Tali to make my own TP wall art.
Youtube this song & sing along as you go through the steps.



1. Save your flattened rolls. I think I had about 7 or 8. This shouldn't take very long if you live with a man like mine.
TP-TMI.

2. Once you've got a nice little stock pile start slicing them up. Many TP craft blogs will tell you to cut the roll into fifths. I just chopped em up into all different sizes. Some big ol fat ones and some skinny mini ones so that there was more textural difference between the pieces.



3. Open your flattened pieces so that they look like petals or little leaves... you know, those things you don't wipe your hiney with.



4. Now this is the fun and infuriating part of the project. Arrange the leaves on a table or the floor into any sort of design you like. Make 'branches' and/or 'flowers' like this...



5. Rearrange to your heart's content.



6. Now comes the hard/annoying part. You can either staple or glue each piece together. I used Aero Tac. It's an aerosol spray glue that is not only bad for the environment but also your brain cells, so don't go huffin' this stuff, mmmkay?


I found that when I started picking up the pieces to glue them together that my shape started to shift little by little. Instead of freaking out and getting really annoyed, I just went with it. Besides, we're talking about toilet paper rolls, not the Sistine Chapel. Chill out.





7. This step will be to hang it on your wall. I haven't done that yet because I'd still like to add some more leaves. I figure I'll find a good spot for it and put small pins (like you would used for sewing) in the wall to hold it up. Please excuse the greasy spots in the last pic. Stainless steel cleaner does wonders for cleaning Aero Tac off of cheap Swedish coffee tables.

Do you know of any TP roll crafts/art?


Linking this post to:

Nicolette's Thirsty Thursday's: momnivores-dilemma.com
Cassity's Remodelaholic's Anonymous: remodelaholic.com
Donna's Saturday Night Special: funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com
Courtney's Fethered Next Fridays at French Country Cottage
Carrie's Amaze me Mondays at  Dittle Dattle
Layla & Kevin's How To's Day at  The Lettered Cottage
Michelle's Watever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Kate's Flaut it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring
Ashley's beautiful blog  Eisy Morgan
Roeshel's DIY Showoff: thediyshowoff.blogspot.com

64 comments:

Kristen said...

so cute! and hilarious. :)

Melly said...

This is such a great project! Just saw your favourite post on Centsational Girl and stopped by, I want to make this! =)

Isi said...

woooooooow i love it.
Now I am a follower..because ur IDEAS are really gresat. thx 4 sharing it.

greetz from Germany

htpp://theisiwayoflife.blogspot.com

Jill said...

What a great upcycling project! You'd never know that they were tp rolls!

I'd love for you to come and join my Fall link party next Friday (Sept. 24) and stop by because I'll be posting fall projects all week and featuring others too!

~JILL
http://envirocraftiness.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-week.html

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Thanks ladies!
And Jill, I'll be there!! Thanks for the invite : )

Bella said...

Liz, this is just great, and I just love your humor in the way you write. Totally cracked me up, and my kids came running, what's so funny mommy. HA HA. Would you be a total sweetheart and link this up to my new party, I would REALLY LOVE to have you, and I'm sure you have tons more fun projects, I would love to see. I'm your newest happy follower, and hope to see more of you and your funniness, and creativity. :)

Katie Fritzsche said...

I've been saving tp rolls waiting to make a... I don't know - wreath or something. I like this... and I notice you mention "tp craft blog sites" I can't find any, can you turn me onto some?
Katie
mesamomx4@cox.net

thanks!

Bella said...

Liz, oh Lizzy Liz, just wanted to let you know I featured this LOVELY at my blog today. Come grab a button if ya want, and make sure to come share more of your AWESOMENESS, Ok,,, :) You rock, and you know it!!! Bella :)

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Thanks Bella!!! I sure will : D
Thanks for the feature!

Pamma said...

Okay, love this and love your writing style...my kind of gal!
You stay fun out there and I am your latest follower, I think, I haven't tried yet.

Meghan said...

Great job! I have a post on my blog of some other ideas for TP projects, come take a look!

Simply Stoked
http://simplystoked.blogspot.com/2010/12/toilet-paper-roll-projects.html

House Revivals said...

What a great project -- too cool!
~Amanda

Inspire Me Heather said...

Oh that's great - I love it!

aquariann said...

What a wonderful idea! Gorgeous design.

Btw, I'm stopping by from Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special and hope you'll come join my Winter Blog Hop, too.

Kristi said...

Oh man, I just found your site and gotta say I love your blog convo style. I have been cracking up...love your humor. Thanks for the great ideas!

Rachel said...

I love this idea! What a fun way to recycle. I would love to feature it on my blog, Reduce Reuse, Upcycle.

Thanks!

http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com

Spunky Junky said...

LOVE IT! Such a great and cheap idea. I am featuring you tomorrow on my blog--stop by and grab a button.

Halsey

Lauren said...

This is unreal... it's beautiful! Who would have thought, TP rolls, of all things.
I'm your newest follower! I just spent an hour perusing... love it!
Lauren
www.mattandlauren.com

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Thanks Lauren!! : D

Amy said...

LOVE your crafts and your style of writing -- so witty and fun, had me laughing out loud.
Now a follower!
aimandcode.blogspot.com :)

Jennifer Nicole said...

This is seriously genius!! Love it! Just found this over at remodelaholic...couldn't believe it was made out of tp rolls. so cute :)

shabbylisaw said...

This is super cool! I love your final result. And it's a bit of a conversation piece as well ;)

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Thanks everyone for the super sweet comments!! I can't tell you how easy and fun this project was. I'm already stock piling another batch of rolls. More to come!!

cravingcolor said...

I can't wait to make something like this! I've never saved tp rolls before, but I will now!

c.w.frosting said...

Just saw this at Someday Crafts. Love your branch design!! I just made a pair of toilet paper wall hangings via a Design*Sponge tutorial... used hot glue to stick everything together.

-caroline
http://cwfrosting.blogspot.com

Mrs. Adventure said...

Amazing - seriouly amazing. I'm inspired for sure. I'll be linking to this project next week on my "inspiring finds" round up.

Hugs - Rach

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Really cute idea! I have seen others but I like the free form shape of this. Can you spray paint them without them getting soft and mushy?

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Hi Anita!

Yes, you can definitely spray paint (or use craft paint on) these. Make sure you do a few very light coats rather than one thick coat. This will keep the rolls from getting soggy.

Karen the Savvy Suburbanite said...

Love it, love it, love it! http://goodbyecityhellosuburbs.blogspot.com

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

This installation looks awesome, Liz. TP is going viral...

I have a flower tute from rolls that I did that is posting early next week, but I didn't use spray paint {bad idea not to use spray paint what a PITA...

Glad to see Bon Temps back at Creative Juice Thursday...

Michelle said...

Small world! I linked a pt roll craft to Momnivore's Dilemma too! I love the way yours came out!
I am a new follower!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

Rachelthefantastic said...

omg this is so stinkin cute! Methinks a great project to do with my little brother. I'm going to paint mine and see how it comes out. Unfortunately I've been banned from adhesive spray because I start gluing everything, but maybe super glue will work?

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Yes yes yes, hot glue would be much better than spray adhesive. You might also want to hold the pieces together with paper clips while your gluing.

Sommer said...

R U Kidding Me??? I can't stop staring at the finished product trying to convince myself that this is really the left over of what wipes our butts! LOL. This is INCREDIBLE! What a neat project. I would be delighted if you would link this up to my VIP party @ http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html

Cheers!
Sommer

Traci said...

What a creative project. I have just been recycling them.
Thanks for sharing.
Traci

Sommer said...

Thanks for linking this up! Hope to see you next week with another fabulous project to share!

Cheers!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

This is the best use EVER for toilet paper rolls! What a creative and pretty piece of art :-)

Lillian said...

I liked this so much that for days I printed and hun the picture up to see how it would like it in my bathroom. I finished it last night and now the 'my creation' is hanging up! I took a paint canvas and painted it black; stuck the cartons with dot glue works beautifully - all bought at the dollar store! Thanks for the inspirations.

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Thanks again to everyone for the sweet comments! I'm so glad I'm not the only person who is saving up TP rolls! I don't feel like a crazy hoarder any more : )

And lillian, I would LOVE to see pictures of your project. Using a canvase as a background is *such* a great idea. I think I might try that for the next one I make. So thank YOU for the inspiration!

Mandys Creative Corner said...

What a brilliant idea! Thanks for the inspiration =D

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This is so freaking awesome! I love it and am completely inspired. Thanks for creating such a fab blog.

Marlene said...

Love this idea. It is so doable. Thanks for another new project. "Your neighbour at Layla's link party."

Marlene said...

Love this idea. It is so doable. Thanks for another new project. "Your neighbour at Layla's link party."

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such a neat idea- your tp roll artwork is really creative! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Purple Froggie Clay Stuff said...

Awesome, I'm in the process of still cutting my TP rolls up, that is the longest process!

Hi, I'm your newest follower, saw your blog listed on Funky Junk Interiors, had to come see your tutorial!

I have a "Show Off Your Crafty Side" blog hop that is open all week long starting on Wednesdays,Hope you can stop by sometime and link up with us.

Have a good weekend!

Cindy

Brooke said...

This is so cute! You're awesome for having the vision to make this. It turned out really pretty! Oh and thanks for giving me a laugh this morning! :)

Carrie said...

Amazing! Love, love, LOVE it!!

Tals said...

I will be doing this project tonight! I have quite a few papertowel and tp rolls saved up.

Tals said...

I mentioned you in my blog today!

http://creativecreations-tals.blogspot.com/2011/05/not-just-to-hold-toilet-paper-but-to.html

Olga said...

So pretty! I'm in the process of collecting rolls to give this a try! Thanks for sharing. Found your blog at Remodelaholic.

Ches said...

this is a cute, creative and frugal project, adding it to my ever growing list of projects to try.

Meg said...

I saw the other TP art you mentioned, but I like yours better! Still saving my rolls for just this project! Well done again!

Elle said...

That is so clever! :)
Very creative- I must give this a go!

Elle

http://homeofspoot.blogspot.com/

Tanya Anurag said...

Wow :) I have seen the Toilet Paper art on other blogs as well but your arrangement is beautiful!!

I have just started collecting rolls... and there is a long way to go before I have sufficient pieces. I regret throwing away so many of them :(

Vanina said...

wonderful idea!

staceyinchina said...

um. I think I love you. Just sayin'. Now all I need is to collect these damn toilet paper rolls. Though I suppose I could sacrifice my pixelator: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=18605.0

p.s. where in SD are you? I grew up there. :)

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Hey stacey! You could use paper towel rolls too! And we're in the Southbay area close to Eastlake. Where did tou live?

Melissa said...

you are hilarious! I love this creative use for what would normally go to "waste"
Great song choice too!

Beautifully Cheap said...

I love this...I made it this weekend and spray painted the flowers a metalic silver. I was lazy and didn't want to get off the couch so I made it right there...big mistake, should have done it on a flat surface! It was a little lopsided, so I actually tossed it in an empty vintage vase I had in my hallway...looks super cute :)

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J's mom said...

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zozo said...

hi there. great beige-white combination. i spray painted black my tp rolls. here they are http://bisozozo.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-first-artwork.html.

A Storm of Smiles said...

This is the weirdest and creative-st and funniest and prettiest art project thing I've seen in a while. I'll give it a try, for sure. Thank you for the wonderful creative spark!

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