Thursday, September 09, 2010

Home Work - The TP Flower Project

Some months ago I stumbled upon a really fun DIY with your kids blog post. While I have no kids, I still thought of saving that post and perhaps even try it myself one day (with or without kids...). Time passed and I completely forgot about it, until about a couple of months ago when I was going through my never ending "bookmarked web links" and I found it again. This time I left that page open and started working on it. At first I had to save every empty toilet paper roll. My someone thought I was crazy. His mom actually got interested (as I didn't tell anyone what was I going to do with all those TP rolls), and a few weeks ago my someone came home from his parents' with a bag full of empty TP rolls. Now I was ready to start.


Then I took that entire pile of rolls, folded them, and cut them into thin strips


Next step was to create flower like shapes that connect to each other



Now that I had a general design, it was time to glue each flower. Every 5 petals were glued together to form a flower. I used cloths pins to hold them together while the glue dried



I decided to paint some of the flowers light blue (using the left-over paint from our blue line project), and then leave the rest of the flowers in their natural look


Now that the flowers were all glued and painted, all that was left to do was to glue the flowers to each other and create a flowing connected design





My someone and I decided to hang it on the wall next to our TV. As always, my someone was in charge of the hammer while I was in charge of the photo taking...





What do you think...?

71 comments:

Amie McCracken said...

I love it, and I'm going to do it too!!! I've needed some kind of art for my dining room wall, now I have it!

andrea said...

tali, i am totally speechless. i love all of your DIY projects and this one blows me away! i love how you manage to always do it in style, keeping everything rather elegant and simple and not looking too "crafty." this is so awesome, i love the way it looks on your wall! wouldn't it be cool to keep adding more and more over time until eventually you have an entire wall of flowers?! that might be overkill... but the texture of an entire wall like that would be so cool!
anyway, you never fail to impress me :)

wishful nals said...

wow, what a great idea! love how it turned out. :)

ana said...

this is so very wonderful! i love it. thanks so much for sharing.

Dionne said...

Tali! It's gorgeous! I love it!

Stephanie of Pretty {much} Art said...

I'd have never guess that you made that out of toilet paper rolls. Toilet paper rolls?! They look great!

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Too cool Tali! You guys are so crafty! Love it :) xo

shen_nanigans said...

oh my gosh! I've been saving up my rolls for months, wondering what the heck to do with them. 3 full garbage bags later & a family starting to plan their intervention... THIS! I love it!

youngmi said...

this is beautiful! i can't over how you took something random like a toilet paper roll and made it into something so pretty :) i would love to try it someday but my bunny gets dibs on all the toilet paper rolls my house produces... maybe she'll be nice enough to share...

malina/seaoats said...

i absolutely LOVE this!

Ooty said...

Awsom!!! Love it =)

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My little Prince ♕ Nikolas said...

It's gorgeous! I love it! I think I am going to do it for my kids room. (with other colours)

did I tell you that I love it???

Little Lovables said...

gorgeous!

tali said...

hi tali,
i think it looks great.
i like the blue

tali

Dasha said...

I love this. And love the blue. I am totally doing this once i will be back home in like a month. Such an awesome idea. And great pictures btw.

Birgit Kerr said...

Totally love it! The finished wall art looks amazing!
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First time being to your blog and I am thrilled! This idea is perfect, I will try it, too!

Gingko said...

Woooowwww.. it is amazing! A brilliant idea.. at such a low cost! I just LOVE it.. and can't wait to have enoughTPr rolls to do it myself! ;)

Thank you for sharing!

Riechan said...

this is a great idea! I think I have found my mothers day gift ^^

AthinArt said...

Absolutely amazing! Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Love it! I gotta try this. Just found your blog and so happy I did. Now your latest follower!

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I really love this.the blue designing is so fantastic.
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Anonymous said...

Beautiful and you make it seem so easy.

chuy said...

I've done these, they look pretty cool - you can shape them any way you want.

catherine said...

I have been saving myne too how awesome thank u DYI bring on more projuects

Ann Marie said...

Very very cute. I'll have to hide some of the tubes from my kids ;-)

Anonymous said...

This is a beatiful project, no cost project. Except for glue & glue gun. If you are a crafter like me you usually have 2-3 glue guns on hand anyway.

mrs c. said...

absolutely gorgeous!!
must make.
thankyou for posting this.
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Molly said...

how many strips did each toilet paper roll make for you?
thanks yours is beautiful!

Μαζί... KaPa said...

what an amazing idea!! congrats...

Evapeva said...

Love love love this!! Will have to try it sometime :P

GHAZALA said...

wow! very beautiful!thanks for sharing i am going to make it tooo, it looks so exiting!God bless you...

GHAZALA said...

wow! very beautiful!thanks for sharing i am going to make it tooo, it looks so exiting!God bless you...

Mandie said...

I love the project and colors. I also like how you call him "my someone." I think it's really sweet, and though strangers we may be, it makes me happy for you.

The photos you've shared are great. Rarely have I seen better photos for a DIY project! (And, after looking at your other posts, I am no longer surprised, but pleased and grateful, nonetheless.)

Ladydi said...

Can't wait to try this and will hang mine in the bathroom from whence the materials came! :)

Kool Crafts and Arts said...

Hi...I tried this too. Then I lined the toilet rolls with some scrap wall paper and some different wall paper on the outside. painted the edges black. Got a bit messy but I can tell that if I take my time, it would look good. Especially if one wanted to match some wallpaper in a room, but say on a painted wall or canvas. My example/test is here: http://pinterest.com/pin/196328864975521186/

Pauline said...

I love this idea! I've been saving my toilet rolls to try this. Thanks for the inspiration! Well done!
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Anonymous said...

this was one of the best activities i've done in a while. thank you so much for the inspiation!

zozo said...

nice work. this is my version of toilet paper roll decor, on our dining room wall, http://bisozozo.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-first-artwork.html

SiSi Sparkles said...
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SiSi Sparkles said...

Talk about recycle! I've featured your tutorial on my blog www.peacefullyfolding.blogspot.com
Cheers!

Lynx Place cattery said...

Super!

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Anonymous said...

Loving this.
Can't wait to try it.

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Glad to read your post :). It is very informative!

Teresa said...

That is gorgeous! I'm gonna try and make one for my den....thanks for the inspiration

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Princess Zaria said...

Wow this is a nice idea! I liked it. I will do this on our home, very creative especially if I would put this on the wall beside the TV. Thanks!

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Maurice Diplock said...

Please, please tell your someone to hold the hammer by the end of the handle, don't choke it.
Love the flowers by the way.

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Anonymous said...

how did u put it on the wall ? i dont get it, with scrus ? how many ?

Pati said...

I love this. i took the flowers and glued them to a picture frame for my daughter. it took a simple frame and really dressed it up. Thank you fr the idea

Anonymous said...

Hi There, Great idea:)
I just wanted to ask if you are able to hang this any other way? I'm renting so I don't want to make any holes in my wall with nails, could I use double sided tape or prestik?

Thanks

AngélicaCV said...

Awesome! Love it and I'll try making it -this will be my first TP project, I've been saving them to make something of the sort ;) Thank you so much for sharing

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I can NOW do something actually cool + not lame with those things!!!! Thanx so much!!! I am going to pin it + try it myself!

Susan Newberry said...

I love your blog and this project. I just reposted on my blog today:
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Elizabeth said...

This turned out great! I used your post as an inspiration for my own toilet paper roll art, detailed here: http://destinationdecoration.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/toilet-paper-roll-art/
I put a link to your post in mine because I loved how yours turned out.

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