Don’t throw away those empty toilet paper rolls! Instead, repurpose them and create fun ornaments that can be hung on your tree or from any knob. Decorate your wreaths with bright colors to reflect your individuality.
2 toilet paper rolls
Liquid acrylic paint in metallic gold and
some bright color of your choice
Gesso or white acrylic paint
Clamps (I used clothes pins)
1.) Apply a coat of gesso to the inside and outside of the toilet paper rolls. If you don’t have gesso (which is a mixture of plaster and glue that accepts paint extremely well) you canuse white acrylic paint. After the TP rolls have dried, apply 2 coats of your color choice to the inside. Let the paint dry between coats.
2.) Now apply 2 coats of metallic gold paint to the outside of the TP rolls allowing it to dry between coats.
3.) Flatten out your TP rolls. Note that the rolls now have two folds. These are the “original edge folds” which I will be referring to later. Draw a line across both TP rolls about 1/2 an inch from the edge. Draw a second line 3/4 inch from the edge. That leaves a “1/4 inch gap” between both lines. I will also be referring to these “1/4 inch gaps” many times in this tutorial.
4.) Flip the flat TP rolls over and mark them in exactly the same way on the reverse, starting from the very same edge. Thus there are two 1/4 inch gaps on both rolls, one on either side.
5.) Pinch and crease the TP rolls in the center of the 1/4 inch gap. Do this on both sides of the rolls.
6.) Your rolls will hopefully look as mine does in #6.
7.) Flatten out your TP rolls again and draw a series of parallel lines running down them at 1/4 inch intervals.
8.) With your scissors, make cuts following the short section of the parallel line series to the edge of the 1/4 inch gap. Do NOT pass the 1/4 inch gap line.
9.) Once complete, the cuts will look as mine do in #9.
10.) Remember those creases you made in the center of the 1/4 inch gaps? Here’s where they come in. Fold your TP roll along one of those 1/4 inch gap creases now.
11.) With the crease facing you as in #11, make cuts between the marked lines. Your cuts will be in the middle of, and run parallel to your other cuts, and end 1/8 inch away from “the original edge fold”. I did it by eye but you could draw a line for exactness.
12.) Repeat 10 and 11 for the 1/4 inch gap crease on the other side.
13.) Flatten your TP rolls along the original edge folds.
14.) Cut along the long section of the parallel line series up to the 1/4 inch gap line. Do NOT cut past the line.
15.) Your cuts are complete! Yippee!
16.) Re-form the TP rolls as best you can.
17.) Gently pull them slightly apart and then mold them into curvy shapes.
18.) Take one of the TP rolls and snip out a little piece of the end ring. You do this so that the end will slide nicely into the ends of the other roll in order to make a doughnut shape.
19.) Take the uncut TP roll and apply glue in the end rings.
20.) Fit the cut ends of one roll into the uncut ends of the other. Clamp in place. Wait for the glue to dry. Tie a ribbon around your little wreath ornament because it is time to hang that pretty up!