Wall Art Made From Recycled TP Tubes


I'm a big fan of crafting with recycled items. I decided to try my hand at mixing some quilling techniques and toilet paper tubes to come up with some faux metal wall art to spice up my Southwestern theme kitchen.
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This project costs just pennies to make and makes a bold statement on your wall!
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For this project I used toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, balsa wood strips and glue.
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I started by cutting the 3/8″ balsa wood strips into 10″ long pieces to form my squares and then glued them together with tacky glue. The paper towel tubes were used for the straight pieces. I simply cut along the length of the tube, flattened it out and used a scrap of the balsa strips to measure 3/8″ strips cut lengthwise from the tube.
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The toilet paper tubes were cut in 3/8″ strips across the width of the tube to keep the curl. Simply cut along the length of the tube, flatten out and mark 3/8″ strips across the width. This will result in 3/8″ curls.
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I curled the cardboard with the end of a paintbrush where I wanted curls and used the tacky glue to glue it as I went. For the free patterns for this project, see my website link below.
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Once they were completed and dry, I then spray painted them with metal-look paint. Unless you get up close and personal and actually touch them, they look totally like metal. But didn’t cost nearly the price.
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For more details on this project, the free patterns and more wall art ideas using toilet paper tubes, see my website link below!
Susan Myers

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  • Marilyn
    on Jan 22, 2016

    Wow, amazing,you made those with TP tubes, that is beautiful,was it really hard to do?How very creative and oh so thrifty.

    • GS
      on Feb 19, 2017

      Love this - looks great! I'm starting a collection for TP and Paper towel rolls today! Such a creative and useful idea! My daughter recently moved to her own place and has lots of empty walls and on a very tight budget ~ guess what I'll be making for her?! Thanks so much for this idea!

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  • Tonya
    on Feb 7, 2018

    I am loving this! It's totally BEAUTIFUL! VERY CREATIVE!! Expen$ive looking!
  • Carol Cole
    on Feb 12, 2018

    talk about beautiful, I have been saving TP rolls for a while to make something for my granddaughter but this is so amazing , I just can't get over it. They all are absolutely beautiful.
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