Not only do I love a good DIY project, but I love seizing any opportunity to repurpose something. This is one of those projects. We all burn through paper towel and toilet paper rolls in our homes. What do we do with the cardboard left over? We either recycle or discard them. Why not repurpose them? I think the first hesitation with repurposing such a thing is doubt that it can be made to look like something other than what it is. Who wants to have a house decorated in something that looks like it has been in the bathroom? I get it. Trust me though, you can really transform these things! Today you will see the first of many examples of how to bring new life to these rolls – paper towel roll flowers!
For this project, we will start by cutting up the rolls.
After that, just start assembling! I first wound the fringe looking rolls up and hot glued them together. Then I attached the “petals” to the fringe base. I secured it on a decorative paper straw to serve as the stem. Once the glue was dry, I hit the flowers with a light coat of paint with my airbrush gun. A light coat of spray paint would work just as well. I added a pearl in the center to finish it off and viola!
There is sand in the bottom of the vase to hold the flowers in place.
Good evening lovelies! I hope everyone had a splendid weekend. I spent today being lazy and watching football. It was a glorious day, my Buccaneers beat Matt’s Bears and I couldn’t have been more delighted. It’s the small things folks. Now that the game is over, I have been doing laundry and trying to sneak in some craft time. I have been collecting paper towel rolls for a while now. Scratch that, my mom has been collecting paper towel rolls for me. It is high time that I get around to doing something with them. So tonight I work on phase one of the project. It is the tedious part… the cutting. I am going to get it all out of the way tonight so I can play all day tomorrow.
This is what I love about creating things. When I started making these flowers, I had no idea what I was doing. I just cut out a circle and started folding. Thank goodness I took a picture of each step, otherwise I would have no idea how to make these again. I was so excited when they came out looking like tulips. They are my absolute favorite flower!!!
So like I said, start by cutting out a circle. I used a large candle to measure.
Then fold the circle in half once and then one more time. Then open the flaps up and press them out so they look more like petals. You will notice that there is a piece sticking out to the right, just fold that behind.
That fold makes it easy to attach it to a stem. I went outside and found a few small sticks to use as stems. I cut them down to be the same length. You could also use skewers, lollipop sticks or even a straw or coffee stirrer.
I haven’t decided what to do with these yet. I think I might make a wreath and put them on there. They would be the perfect size for such a project. Anyone have any ideas what I should do with them?
I saw an idea like this on Pinterest about two years ago. I tried to find it so I could read the instructions, but I had no luck. I had to wing it and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I will say, I did under estimate the amount of time it would take to finish this project. I originally planned to make more than two, but I needed a break so I stopped. I’m sure I will make more down the road. To make these yourself, you will need the following supplies:
You will also need something long and pointy to stick the paper into the foam balls. I used a thin knitting needle. Start by punching out your pieces. It took quite a bit to make the two flowers. I just sat and punched mine out while I was watching tv. Once you have your pieces ready, start folding the petals and gluing them into the ball. First fold it in half, then in half twice more until it looks a pit like a triangle. Don’t fold it to tightly, you want it to look a bit flowy (is that a word? I think it is.) like a flower. Crisp edges will not look good. Place a small bit of glue on the tip and insert into the foam ball. It dries very quickly.
After you are done covering the ball, just place it onto the skewer and you are done. You could also glue the balls onto a stick, fake flower stem or even a cake pop stick. The two skewers that I used weren’t straight, so they had just been sitting in the drawer. They weren’t straight enough for when I made kabobs, but their ununiformed structure was perfect for this!
I really enjoyed them sitting in the windowsill. Too bad the cats would knock them over… and tear them apart and scatter the book petals all over my house. I’m sure eventually they will brighten someone else’s home.