This wreath, made from empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes, not only ends up looking classy and fun, it’s very nearly FREE. Who doesn’t like FREE? It’s also quick- all the steps up to letting it dry and spray-painting it took me just thirty minutes! Not bad for something so cute! Who would guess it’s made of glue and toilet paper tubes? (While you’re at it, why not make some little ones as well to use as gift toppers?)
Here’s what you need:
- Empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls: I used 2 paper towel rolls and 4 toilet paper rolls, and had lots of pieces left over.
- Glue (See below for a brief discussion on glue. I know, fascinating, right?)
- Spray paint
Here’s what I did:
- Flatten your paper rolls.
- Cut them into strips about a centimeter wide. Don’t worry about measuring or making perfect cuts; this project is very forgiving!
- Arrange into a ring as large as you want your wreath. (Hint: put a bowl into the middle to help you create a circle, then pull the bowl out and fill in the middle of your wreath a little more.)
- Glue all your pieces together, then let your glue dry.
- Spray paint, then let dry again. You may need a couple (thin!) coats for full coverage.
- Hang it up! (You can tie a piece of string through one of the pieces to hang it, or simply put one of the pieces over a nail.)
There are a few different adhesives you can use to put this together, and each has its own pros and cons.
I used: Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Pros: no odor, inexpensive, dries clear. Cons: takes a while to dry, can be a little messy.
- A glue gun. Pros: dries quickly, no odor. Cons: not good for little helpers, your project can end up covered with glue-gun-strings.
- Double-sided tape or glue dots. Pros: no dry time, no odor. Cons: expensive, difficult to reposition if you make a mistake.
Of course, if you have a preferred sticky substance that you would rather use, go for it!