“ If you can see life as a learning experience, you can turn any negative into a positive.”
You know, I’m having a lot of fun with these TP crafts. What started out as a way to turn a little ugly into something fun has opened up a whole lot of doors into being creative. I started making TP crafts a few months ago because I was tired of seeing how messed up things were with everyone hoarding and fighting over toilet paper. I am not mad at anyone grabbing toilet paper when they could, I understand that. But it was disgusting with how some people were taking advantage of the situation and just buying hoards of things to over charge people who needed these items…that was gross and greedy.
Toilet paper was becoming rare and everyone got involved then, buying when ever they saw it out there because they never knew if it would be there next week. I was upset with watching people screaming, grabbing and even being physically violent when buying toilet paper…what was up with that? So for some humor I started posting a monthly TP craft, making lemonade out of lemons as they say.
My favorite TP craft so far was the little basket I made but this next project I am sharing with you today comes in at second place in all time favorites. Although it did not photograph well, looks much prettier in person.
Supplies you will need:
Empty TP roll or paper towel roll, wrapping paper roll…any old empty tube will do.
Scraps of fabric in different colors.
Ribbon, lace or small trims for embellishments
Ribbon or twine
Battery operated tea lite
Step 1- Cut empty TP roll in half
Step 2- Cut several strands of fabric. I used a basic ruler to trace around as a template.
Step 3- Iron out your strips of fabric after you cut them out. It looks better when the fabric hangs down in straight rows.
Step 4- Add a little water to your white glue and use that to add strips to the TP rolls. Over lap a bit of fabric inside TP roll by dabbing a little glue inside to hold in place.
Continue doing this until you have covered the whole roll. Then add a coat of watered down glue over the outside of the TP roll.
Step 5- Dab four dots of glue to inside of TP roll and add 4 strands of twine or string. After this dries tie the four strands of string together. This will be your hang tag. Make them a little long in case you want to layer different lanterns from your ceiling or from where ever you are hanging them from.
Step 6- After everything is dried cut each fabric strand in half until you get to the base of the roll then stop. This is an optional step. It just looks better to me when there seems to be several little strands.
Step 7- Then add your tea lite and hang up in your room or outside. When you switch on the tea lite at night they look really pretty. A nice soft night light for a child’s room.
I used mostly primary type colors when decorating my lanterns. Lots of yellows, blues and reds. If you wanted to get really creative then take the two halves of the TP and use lace and translucent fabric scraps or tissue paper to hold the two TP pieces together a couple inches apart. Then follow all other steps and you have a lantern that glows in the middle. I think a whole row of these hanging across a yard or in a room during a party or wedding event would be a beautiful site to see. All kinds of tiny paper lanterns hanging all up above us. Like hundreds of them. What a site that would be.
Hope you all like this months TP craft. Happy crafting everyone.