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Can you believe these are made from toilet paper rolls?

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When I saw this craft, I just had to try it! Once again, I have been rewarded for my hoarding tendencies, I am so glad I didn’t throw out those rolls!
All you need to make these are the following:
Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
An old cardboard box
Glue gun
Scissors
Exacto knife
Ruler

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Begin by cutting up an old box to make the border of your artwork. I found an old box the size that I needed, and cut it into slices with my exacto knife.
Then, cut all of the tubes into slices. To do this, simply flatten them in half and slice or cut with scissors.

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I started by slicing them the width of the ruler, but then I decided they didn’t need to be so thick, so I sliced them in half. The width of each slice ended up being about a centimeter.
I started by playing around with the layout. I used four basic shapes… I will call them the scroll, the heart and the leaf, and the curl.

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To make any of the curled shapes, you first have to clip the loop open, so it is a strip not a circle. The tricky part about making these shapes is to get the cardboard to curl in a nice curve, without bending or creating folds. The easiest way to do this is like how you curl ribbon. Pull gently with your nail a few times along the inside if the strip you want to curl, the roll with your fingers.

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Then basically I just tried putting the shapes inside the frame. I tried a few different layouts until I found one that I liked. Here is what it looked like before I glued.

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Then, I used the glue gun to glue sections together. You do not have to use a lot of glue, use it sparingly.

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Here are what a few of the sections look like…

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When it came to gluing them into the frame, I drew myself a guide on graph paper so I could keep the design square, and know where the center was.

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Then, I repeated the process to make three different designs.
Here are the designs I came up with…

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The final step, to make them look like iron, is to paint them black. I wouldn’t dare try to paint them with a brush because it would take hours, so I spray painted.

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Here they are, all finished

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Now, what am I going to make out of all the egg cartons I have in the basement? Hmmmm… Any ideas?
Here is my collage…

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And, the picture I will post on Pinterest…

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20 minute canvas art!

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So, when I was shopping for artwork for the kids bathroom, I came across this canvas idea that looked so easy, so I decided to give it a try. It was 69.99 at Home Outfitters, and I can make it for less than $5.00…yahoo for me!
To make this you will need the following;
Paint brushes
Glue gun and sticks
Black paint
A canvas (the pre-wrapped kind, you can buy at any craft store, Walmart, and now even at the dollar store!

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So, the canvas was such a simple idea, it was just a bunch of raised circles. I thought I could get the same result from using a glue gun. The nice part is that the circles don’t have to be perfect. I started by lightly sketching out where I wanted the circles to be with a pencil.

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Then I traced over my pencil lines with the glue gun.

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Once I had traced over all of the lines, I thought it looked a little plain…

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So… I decided to add a few more circles to the design. Why not make this one better than the one I saw in the store??

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Finally, I painted the whole thing black.

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So, if you know me, or have been reading this blog, you know that I have been able to figure how how to lay tiles, change faucets, replace a toilet etc. just with the help of YouTube (what did people do before YouTube??) and the guys at Home Depot… Most things are not that difficult to do, but just require a little courage to try (either that or blind stupidity, depending on the way that you look at it) Anyways, the one craft that I think requires the most amount of skill is dry walling. The guys on YouTube make it look easy, but let’s just say that it isn’t easy, I thought I would be good at it, but it is surprisingly difficult! Why am I talking about this now? Because this is why I needed this artwork, to cover up where I ripped out the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, and patched the drywall…

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And…done!

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I would like to try another design, like maybe swirls or circles in more of a random pattern too! Its hard to take a good picture, because it is black, but I am very happy with the result.
Btw… I have been playing around with a couple apps to make collage photos of my posts…sort of a summary! So I am going to start posting the collages at the end of each post…

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