Toilet Paper Rolls, Lace and Pearls

If you take a brief stroll around pinterest you will inevitably come across some clever, ingenious idea for using empty toilet paper rolls – I keep thinking I should start a board and just collect them all!  Anyway, I got the idea for this project from pinterest.

With my latest hobby of doodling and zentangling joining in with journalling and sketching, it has become obvious I need to have a more mobile storage system for pens, pencils and assorted paraphenalia – I can then just doodle, journal or sketch away happily here, there or anywhere without constantly going looking for something I have decided I need.

Now, serendipitously [is that a word?], it happened that I had sitting in my craft room a disused cutlery basket dating back to at least the early nineties but possibly earlier – I have a vague recollection of purchasing it when I lived in the UK – it has wandered around the world with me since then, mostly unused but too nice to give away – you know one of those things that you keep thinking will come in handy one day…..

One day it and a toilet paper roll or two met up and voila – inspiration struck!

Last night I got out the paint

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I painted inside and out and when they were dry I used an unmounted red rubber lace stamp and white acrylic paint [which I forgot to photograph] and gussied them up a bit.  When the paint was dry each roll got a coat of glossy mod-podge and as it was well after midnight and Orlando was crossly telling me he needed me to settle down so he could sleep on me, I went to bed!

This evening I decided some of them needed some pearls to pretty ’em up a trifle more as they would be centre and front stage

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Ready for their [slightly blurry] close-up

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And the finished very handy mobile carry all

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There are currently two mugs being utilised in there as well.  They will probably be replaced by re-purposed cans, just as soon as I can eat the foodstuff currently residing in them ….

So that was a fun way to spend a grey, wet weekend!

Earthquake post script for those who are interested:  There have been only two or three ‘strong’ quakes today, so it is quieter [which may or may not be a good thing]  Some say Full Moon is a likely time for big hits. Time will tell.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope your week will be a fabulous one!  🙂

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15 thoughts on “Toilet Paper Rolls, Lace and Pearls

  1. They look fabulous. I love that lace/pearl combo. So classic. And I’d love to see a board with a ton of ways to upcycle toilet paper rolls. It’s something we always seem to have plenty of.

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    • Hello, hello! Thank you for coming by and deciding to revisit as well 🙂 Thank you for your kind words – I am just so thrilled with having a ‘hold-all’ that actually works for me – and it’s pretty too 🙂 I just had a quick peek at your blog and it looks so fun – Christmas cards already – good lord, I thought I started early, but you have a month on me! I hope we will chat again soon, Pauline

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  2. That’s cool. I keep my pens and pencils in mugs, I didn’t know that you were in the earthquake area, take care, Annie

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