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A faux metal piece made of recycled toilet paper rolls
Well the walls in my room have been looking awfully bare recently, so I figured something needed to be done! Since my bank account is awfully bare as well, I decided to do something with what I had around the house. I've been saving toilet paper roles for a while with another project in mind, but this is what I settled on. Cheap, easy, and looks pretty good once it's finished! It has a nice faux metal/wrought iron-ish look to it, which makes it look way more impressive than it actually is :)

Posted by Lauren M. from Canada • Published See Lauren M.'s 3 projects »
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  • How to make a paper roll model. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your supplies. For this project, I used plain old toilet paper roles, (the number you need depends on what design you decide on for your project, mine used around 13 I think...) glue, and a bushed metal appearance spray paint.

  • How to make a paper roll model. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    Crush your toilet paper roll in half, and cut it crossways. You could measure if you like, but I just guess-timated based on the look I was going for. For my project, each toilet paper role yielded 6 "petals".

  • How to make a paper roll model. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Keep cutting until you've got tons of these, the basic unit for your piece.
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  • How to make a paper roll model. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    Begin glueing the "petals" together. How you do that depends on what kind of pattern you're going for.

  • How to make a paper roll model. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art - Step 5
    Step 5

    I found that using bobby pins (any type of clip would work too) to hold my pieces together was helpful. It gave the glue between each segment a chance to dry while I continued glueing...

  • How to make a paper roll model. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art - Step 6
    Step 6

    Since a 5 petal flower shape was the basis for my piece, this is what most of my base units ended up looking like. After I made a bunch, I glued them all together in a pattern I liked, and also added a few other viney/leafy looking segments here and there.

  • How to make a paper roll model. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art - Step 7
    Step 7

    Once you're happy with how your piece looks, time for spray paint! (I used a metal finish paint, but any color will do!)

  • How to make a paper roll model. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art - Step 8
    Step 8

    Wait until it dries, and you'll have something like this! (Please note I didn't spray paint every piece individually, this is just an example I did for the tutorial. When I actually made my wall art, I glued the entire thing together first, then painted it as a whole.)

  • How to make a paper roll model. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art - Step 9
    Step 9

    You're done! Now hang your new wall art wherever your little heart pleases, stand back, and admire :)

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VampGoddess
VampGoddess · Ironton, Ohio

this is awesome!!

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m.l.witty
m.l.witty · Omaha, Nebraska · 1 project

Awesome! Used glue gun and paper towel rolls... too impatient to wait for the TP rolls to pile up!! Thanks for sharing!

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Luqsnat
Luqsnat · 1 project

Wow! Well done

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sabrinaf
sabrinaf · Beaugency · 1 project

reste plus qu'a le peindre et il sera parfait! c'est vraiment jolie. je compte le mettre dans ma chambre.

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bisozozo
bisozozo · Thessaloníki, Thessaloniki, Greece · 19 projects

very beautiful work. i love the curves you made at the endings. this is my version of tp wall art, http://bisozozo.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-first-artwork.html. hope you like it!

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dommie
dommie · Czestochowa, Silesian Voivodeship, PL · 5 projects

my reaction: hahahahhahahhahhahahhahahhahahah :D but it's very originally and cool! :D

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maRia
maRia

how u can hang it? this very cool ... i must try :) thanks

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Katie B.
Katie B. · Chicago , IL, United States · 1 project

How did you get it to hang on the wall??

jolien.monsecour
jolien.monsecour · Zottegem, Belgium

yes, i also wonder how to hang in on the wall...

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Anne
Anne · , Texas, United States

Nice! I will definitely have to make some..

But, like Owl City said, how are they hanging up? And could I use paper towel rolls? I have more of them laying around..

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Destiney Y.
Destiney Y. · Green River, , · 36 projects

that is so freeking awesome! had my kids make some for there walls.

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