Thursday, March 10, 2011

Toilet paper art on my $0 budget

Have you seen the amazing pieces of art people have been making out of toilet paper rolls? They have been all over the blog world for a couple of months and from the first time I saw them I have been saving up to make some. No.. not saving money, saving toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I have enlisted the help of family and friends to speed this process along. They all thought I was crazy until they saw the end result!

No one believes that these are made from toilet paper rolls and everyone asks to touch them just to make sure!

I love the end result! I hung these on the stairwell wall above the buffet in our dining room. This wall will be ripped down after we finished the basement so I didn't want to spend a lot of money on the art. I am so happy that my $0 project turned out so well.

You can make these so they have pointy edges (like I have done) or rounded edges. I did the pointy so it matched my lamp and curtains. I tried one of each and they don't match :)
I won't give you a step by step tutorial on how to make these because you can find the instructions all over but I will give you a few tips. Here are a few places to find the instructions: Growing up creative (oldest so maybe the original!) and The How to Gal
  1. It is better to use the white toilet paper rolls, the recycled paper ones (brown) don't paint as nicely. Having said that, the brown work great too. I made one out of each so I see the difference.
  2. I cut the toilet paper rolls into 4 sections of 1 inch each. Measure your toilet paper rolls and divide into an even number. 
  3. I started by making lots of the 4 petal flowers. Be sure to match the points very well on both sides. This is the trick to getting a clean piece.
  4. Use hot glue to attach the pieces. Many sites recommend using craft glue and clamping it together until it dries...I am impatient and hot glue dries almost immediately. I did notice a few sections unglued after spray painting but I just glued them again and it was fine.
  5. Spray prime before you spray paint. The brown paper rolls absorb the paint and dries almost blotchy.
I made 2 small pieces (shown) and one large one. I have not decided where to hang the bigger one yet but I will find a home for it soon. I was debating hanging it above these two, but I think it will be too much. What do you think? Does it look good as is or should I add the larger one too?

Each piece took 9 empty toilet paper rolls and approximately 30 minutes to cut and glue. Not bad!  Who would have thought!

Not only is this another craft on my $0 budget, I am actually filling in spots of my house that have been bare for almost 2 years. I am loving this :)


  1. Um...that is TOTALLY cute. I want one! :-)

  2. Absolutely love this - I am going to give it a try!

  3. I forgot to ask; how did you attach them to the wall?

  4. I hung these on the wall by using really small nail (with almost no head on it) and I just hung the top loop/point onto it. You can't see the nail at all when it is on it. Not the fanciest of ways but the only way I could figure out how to do it without seeing how it was hanging.

  5. These are beautiful, who would have thought they were tp rolls. Great idea!

  6. What a great idea - I have been collecting tp rolls but really didnt have a plan - I love how this came out. Visiting from the creative girls blog hop.


  7. Love this idea! Very creative! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

  8. I have my rolls saved and cut. Just need to put them together. :)

  9. Hi, I am hoppin’ through the “Boost My Blog Friday” blog hop and found you (I am now a follower). If you are able, I would love a follow back. Thank you!
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  10. this turned out great!
    i want to go make some!

  11. I think it looks great! You did a wonderful job! $0??? Amazing.

  12. I just saw my first post for this yesterday -- I'm REALLY new to the whole crafting blog world -- and I'm LOVING yours! I was thinking I was gonna need to hot glue too, I'm a pretty instant-gratification kind of gal, haha!

  13. I've been saving my toilet paper rolls for this project. I just love them and you are seeing them all over. I think you did a fantastic job.

  14. This looks so great. I have my whole family saving tp rolls for me and I have attempted one. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  15. Very cute! I never would have known they were toilet paper rolls!! Awesome!

  16. I have sooo been wanting to try this! It is crazy how REAL they look!

  17. Love it! I made those too! Great minds think alike! Visiting from Someday Crafts and I am a new follower!
    Have a great day!

  18. Wow, SOME PEOPLE are so creative! Impressive! And I love the result.

    Warmly, Michelle

  19. That's incredible! I love that you're doing all this on a $0 budget! My husband would love this kind of budget in our home, but I don't know if I'm up for the challenge...So I won't tell him yet! ha ha

  20. You would never know this was toilet paper rolls - LOVE IT! You did an exceptional job on this art. I MUST try it. I am a new follower. Thanks for linking to Tickled Pink a week ago (a little behind...sorry). I love your 0 dollar challenge too.
    504 Main

  21. No matter how we feel how useless about a certain things, they could still be used when there is a love on art.

  22. I am remodeling my bathroom on a very tight budget. I think this is a great idea to decorate the big blank wall that I have. I have the toilet paper rolls already saved since I use them to roll up paper for fire starter "logs" for when we go camping. Thank you for the great idea in my price range.

  23. Saw it, loved it ( I'm a sucker for cheap), had to do it!
    Did it, cut a few corners, whined about it, sprayed it black,

    Absolutely love it!

    It ain't perfect but it sure looks great from a far

    Thank you

  24. paint costs money though.... not a $0 project.

  25. I just did mine and LOVE them. Thank you so much for such excelent idea.

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  29. I just finished this project. I did 3 of them to balance out my naked living room walls. They came out great! I just didn't know the spray paint would be so strong even for outside! They're downstairs drying in the basement cuz I couldn't take the fumes anymore and yet they're still floating up to my bedroom upstairs. But I can't wait til its completely dry and I can finally hang it up in the living room. Thx.

  30. I like your idea, about a year ago I made a large flower, same principal. Thanks!

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