Sunday, January 22, 2012

Paper Roll Cross (two actually) on my $0 budget

I realize this idea is somewhat of a repeat of a $0 budget project from last, but I thought it was worth the post since it really is different and I absolutely love how they turned out.

So here they are, paper roll (aka paper towel/toilet paper roll) crosses.


If you did not see the toilet paper 'art' I created (below) last year on my $0 budget, you can see it here.

So I used the same technique as my previous project. I flattened the paper roll (I used mostly paper towel rolls this time) and cut the two ends off each of the rolls. I then cut (with a rotary cutter) the flattened rolls into a approximately 1 inch pieces.
 If the seam starts to come undone on the inside, just hot glue it as you go.

I start by making little flowers making sure to get the 4 corner points together nicely.

Once you make a few of these, lay them out and figure out the design you like. Then glue together the flowers and add any additional pieces to make your shape.

After you have glued all the pieces together, prime the entire piece with spray paint primer. This cannot be skipped, otherwise your paint will look blotchy.  Wait the recommended time and then spray paint to your desired color.
I did two coats of spray primer and then a few coats of oil rubbed bronze for my cross. It really does look like it is metal! There is a slight shine of gold when the light hits it.
  I love how it looks with the iron wall piece I have in my dining room.
 

Cross #2
My daughter designed this one all by herself. She wanted it to look like a cross of flowers and then leaves coming out of the ends. She asked me to spay paint the pieces different colors and at first I thought it wouldn't look nice, but thought it doesn't cost anything if we need to make it again. But I love how it looks.
Isn't it adorable? Perfect for her room!
What do you think?

How has your month been? I have been so busy working out this month, I don't miss shopping. I long for sleep more than anything else :)

There are some amazing guest posts this week so be sure to stop by.

Have a great week,
Stephanie

32 comments:

  1. These are both so beautiful!! Your daughter's would be so perfect for Easter.

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  2. Love them both! I love these kind of projects - keep it up!
    ~Tami

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  3. Beautiful! Going to try this for my entryway. Also, if you are not busy (haha), I would LOVE it if you could send me the template for the gorgeous wedding art with the date at the bottom that you made. My anniversary is Tues. and my parents' is Wed. and I wanted to make them as gifts. Thanks! olsonlove@sbcglobal.net

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  4. I have seen this type of craft before and have always thought it might look a little well cheap. But I love these. The paint makes them look so great. I think I'm going to try one, or two, or three. I have a couple of bare walls that could use something unique. Thanks for sharing.

    Debora

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  5. Did you paint the two colored cross before putting it together or how did you keep the paint from overspraying onto the other color?

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    1. Hi Prettylitlefishbowl,

      I assembled the middle part of the cross and painted it purple. I then painted the green pieces separately and attached them to the purple cross after they were dry.

      Hope this helps,

      Stephanie

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  6. I love TP tube art. I am fascinated by it. I have pinned this on Pintrest today. I have got to try both your projects. I did a mirror last year and love it. Can't wait to try this!

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  7. Love your projects,I have been saving for a couple of weeks now,your post is alot better than another I saw.

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  8. i just did this...I used elmers glue and paper clips. dont have hot glue...what kind of paint did u use?

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  9. what color primer did you use for the oil rubbed bronze color?

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  10. What brand/color of spray paint did you use and also what primer

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  11. How did you secure them to the wall? Did you you plastic tack or nails?

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  27. Thank you for the cross idea, that is wonderful, So far I have made two blue ones, and I am working on a 3rd one making it a red color.

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  28. How many rolls did it take you to make the crosses? We are going t make these for the crafts at VBS for the older kids

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  30. Just made the cross last night. Instead of paint, mine was made in Burlap.
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    The total cost--paper towel rolls-$0, burlap $1.00. Came out gorgeous. Made a blue one and now I am going to make a pink one. Thanks again for this craft.

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