Reclaimed Art: Toilet paper roll wall art
So much of what we end up throwing out or recycling could become something new. Reclaiming materials before they go to the landfill or even get recycled is a much more eco-friendly alternative. In this post, I’ll be showing you how even toilet paper rolls can turn into something beautiful without that much effort.
How to make wall art from toilet paper rolls
What you will need:
- Toilet paper rolls (the amount will depend on the size of your piece).
- Sharp scissors
- Clothes pins
- Acrylic paints and a palette to mix them
- Paint brushes
- Pencil (and eraser in case you make a mistake)
- While glue
Stage 1: Planning
You can work with any number of shapes and your design can be as large as you want (also consider that the more rolls you have, the larger it can be).
For this example, we are going to work with leaf shaped toilet paper rolls and a wreath like design (which is a great eco-friendly holiday season decor piece) shown below.
Stage 2: Prepping
2.1 Grab the ruler, the pencil, and the toilet paper rolls and make 1 inch markings along the length of the toilet paper roll as shown above. You can vary on the size of your markings, but keep in mind that if they are not deep enough, they may not show as much, and if they are too deep, they may not glue together very well (see side view of finished piece below for an example of the 1-inch depth). You can also play with using different depths, if that’s an effect you’re looking for. In these examples, all pieces are the same size.
2.2 Next, use your ruler and pencil to draw cut guides to help you cut the toilet paper rolls.
2.3 Next, use the scissors to cut the toilet paper rolls along their markings.
2.4 Next is painting, so pick out your acrylic paint colors and paint brush and go for it. Make sure to coat the toilet paper roll piece well and get every little corner. Let dry a little and check to see if you missed any spots. It should look fully coated when you’re done (see example below). It is also helpful to paint the outside first, set it aside to dry, then paint the inside as well (and don’t forget the edges, as they will show the most in a front view). If you want an iron look (which actually looks really good), use a black with a little brown in it. If you’re going for a holiday look, red and greens work well. You can also play with textures and with mixing colors.
Stage 3: Assembling
3.1 First: make sure to lay out your design to have a sense of how you want the pieces to connect to each other. Then, grab a section of 2-3 pieces and with a brush, apply a small amount of glue to one of the sides touching each other.
3.2 Immediately after applying glue, use clothes pins to hold pieces together while glue is drying. Wait at least 5 minutes before releasing “clamp”. Continue to repeat steps 3.1 and 3.2 until you finish assembling your design.
That’s it for today! I hope you enjoy this post and please share your own tips on how to reclaim materials to give them a new life!