Monday, January 18, 2010

Recycled Wall Art


Maggie and her husband Jeff have a large, blank wall in their house that has been taunting them since they moved in. With both of them having strong creative opinions, it has been hard to agree on what to hang there. That is until they saw this post from Tali at Growing Up Creative. They made it this weekend, put their own spin on it, and are thrilled with the results! Here is how you can do it too:

Start with some cardboard tubes from rolls of paper towels, toilet paper, and wrapping paper. We should mention that it took way more tubes than we thought it would (about 5 paper towel rolls, 6 toilet paper rolls, and 2 wrapping paper rolls), so it's always a good idea to have more on hand than you think you will need.

Next, flatten them out, measure, mark and cut them into equal sections.



Once your pieces are cut out, play around with them! Move them around, step back, then move them around some more until you are happy with the shape and pattern. Glue your pieces together and put paperclips on to hold them in place while the glue dries.

Next, send your husband outside in the ice and snow to spray paint your creation!

Once your paint dries, you are ready to hang your masterpiece on the wall! Once Maggie and Jeff hung theirs up, they decided that they didn't like it as much as they thought they would. So they took parts of it down and rearranged the pieces. They also spray painted an old mirror the same paprika color that they used on the cardboard. And now they love it (although they plan on adding on to it as soon as they have more cardboard tubes)!


The great part of this project is that there is no wrong way to do it, and there is no real way to mess it up. So give it a try and have fun with it!
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47 comments:

  1. I think this might even be fun with kids...I'm going to give it a try!!!

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  2. oh that is sooooo cool! I love this!

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  3. Oh my gosh! What a cool idea! Is it hard to work with or hang up afterwards?

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  4. Glad you guys like it! It's really easy to work with and hang - it's just resting on a few small nails!

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  5. Never seen such a good idea for toilet paper rolls! Love it.

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  6. Y'all are so creative! Whodathunkit? Amazing, and I love it.

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  7. Great idea! Lovely on the wall.
    ~ Autumn Clark

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  8. Oh how amazing! I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. That is awesome!! I had looked at a wreath before but I think I like this better!

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  10. oh how fun! thank you this is brilliant!

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  11. Hi!
    Awsome idea!
    I'm just moving away from home so this will be perfect to make my new place look fun.
    How thick did you make your pieces?
    (sorry for misspelling, I'm from Sweden)

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  12. We made ours a little more than 1/2 an inch thick (which would be a little more than 1.27 cm?), but you can make them as thick as you want! Whatever looks good to you!

    And don't worry about spelling with us - we're terrible spellers! :)

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  13. This would make a good Christmas craft for children too :)

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  14. WOW!
    What a wounderful idea!!!
    And not too expensive...! =)

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  15. amazing! I just added this to a post I published earlier today. Hopefully, you will still get some views off it. I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  16. I'm saving all my roll starting right now! This will rock on my random wall. I can't find anything big enough for it. I could have some fun with this.

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  17. Thanks for the idea! The school where I teach has an annual fundraiser, for which each class must create a project. I believe this will serve as my inspiration!

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  18. Such a cool idea! I saw the link on Today's Creative Blog and had to take a look for myself.

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  19. I love this! My husband is a little perplexed as to why I asked him to save all the toilet paper rolls, but I can't wait to try this!

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  20. Glad to know I'm not the only one who saves empty TP rolls. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea for using them!

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  21. This is such a beautiful idea! Will call all my friends to save empty toilet rolls for, so I can make something like that asap.

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  22. This is a great inspiration. And the timing is perfect, since my husband and I are moving our new place over the weekend. I can't wait to decorate my new walls!
    Cheers!

    Marija

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  23. Oh my WOW!!! That is so awesome looking!!! Thanks for linking up!!!

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  24. I've had one blank wall that's been aching for something since we moved in over two years ago... we used to hang our place mats in crazy patterns on it, but now they're coming down and this is going up! Amazing, thank you!

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  25. did my own project...and gave y'all some link love. :) it was fun.

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  26. forgot to add the link... :)

    http://kristenmcashan.com/pretty-flowers/

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  27. Oh What a cool idea! I will do it as soon I have enough TP! I think of à silver/glitter one... i can't wait to try it!

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  28. very great idea for such a common item! My son's teacher came up with making farm animals with them, but I like this idea much better!

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  29. Great idea! I just featured this idea in my Around the House blog where I talk about using items frequently found around the house for craft projects! You can check it out here:

    http://wecanbeaoriginal.com/blog/?p=1661

    Thanks again for the great tutorial!

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  30. They make great snow flakes! Paint them white and hang them everywhere! Kids really do love this project and so so so easy!!

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  31. I loved the single word....

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  32. How did you hang your art up on the wall?

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  33. I love this! I work at a place that goes through lots of paper towels, and I've often wondered what I could make out of them. Now I know! How did you go about hanging it though?

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  34. This is an awesome idea! How did you hang this on the wall though?

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  35. I remember seeing this a couple months ago and meaning to do it! Now I have no excuse. My favorite recycled art work is also when it comes from toilet paper rolls. hehe.

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  36. I love this idea! And your commentary is hilarious...made me smile =D

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  37. With art, we are able to express ourselves using various mediums. It does not always have to be expensive. We can use old paper products - the ones that most of us simply throw in the bin already. This teaches us that with our creativity, the strips of paper from shredding Austin documents, tissue tube rolls and other related products can be turned into something beautiful which people can appreciate.

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  38. Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, Stopping by to let you know you’ve been featured at
    http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/2012/03/40-fun-toilet-paper-roll-craft-projects.html

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  39. i love the color you used and the mirror. This is my version of Toilet Paper Roll wall art, http://bisozozo.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-first-artwork.html. Hope you like it!

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  40. it was g8 work... n hw u hang on to wall?

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