“Obscure Projects You’ve Never Heard Of: Turn an Old Toilet Paper Roll into a Pencil Holder”

“Obscure Projects You’ve Never Heard Of: Turn an Old Toilet Paper Roll into a Pencil Holder”

Have you ever found yourself with a pile of used toilet paper rolls and wondered what you could do with them besides tossing them in the recycling bin? As it turns out, these unassuming cardboard tubes can be repurposed into a variety of fun and functional items. One easy DIY project is to make a pencil holder, which puts an artistic spin on basic office supplies.

Gather Your Materials

To begin, you’ll need to collect the following supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls – The more the better! Try to find rolls with a sturdy cardboard construction that will stand upright.

  • Acrylic paint – Choose any color(s) you like. Craft paints work well for adhering to the cardboard surface.

  • Paintbrushes – Have a few sizes on hand for versatility.

  • Pencil sharpener – This will come in handy later.

  • Scissors or craft knife – For cutting and altering the tubes.

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks – Helpful for assembling the holder.

  • Decorative items (optional) – Things like glitter, pom poms, sequins, stickers, etc. to customize your creation.

Prepare the Toilet Paper Rolls

First, gather your stash of toilet paper rolls and trim them to size. Most standard rolls are about 5-6 inches long. For a basic pencil holder, cut them to around 4 inches so they are not too tall. You can always mix and match heights for visual interest.

Be sure the cut edges are smooth and even. If desired, use sandpaper to lightly distress the cardboard for a vintage look.

Wipe off any dust or debris from the surface. The tubes should be clean and dry before painting.

Add Color with Acrylic Paint

Here comes the fun part – painting! Acrylic craft paint is perfect for giving the cardboard rolls a colorful makeover.

Apply a base coat to each tube and let dry completely. Then, go back and add additional colors in stripes, patterns, or designs. Get creative with paint techniques like dots, splatters, blending, gradients, etc. The options are endless.

Allow plenty of time for the paint to dry between coats. This prevents smearing or smudging.

Consider complementary color schemes that go well together, like:

  • Blues and greens
  • Pinks and purples
  • Earth tones
  • Rainbow brights

The palette you choose can align with your décor or mood.

Attach Rolls Together

Once satisfied with the painting, it’s time to assemble the rolls into a pencil holder form.

Start by choosing one tube to be the bottom base piece. This will stabilize the holder. Apply hot glue around the bottom edge and adhere another roll on top, overlapping slightly.

Continue stacking rolls and gluing each layer in place, turning as you build upwards. The staggered seams help reinforce the shape.

Add as many rolls as needed to achieve the desired height, or arrange in creative patterns like criss-cross. Let dry completely as you go.

Add Embellishments (Optional)

To further customize your pencil holder, you can add decorative elements like:

  • Glitter – For an all-over sparkly effect or just as accents.

  • Pom poms – Glue around the outside edges for a colorful fringe.

  • Sequins – Apply sequin designs using fabric glue.

  • Stickers – Use themed stickers or washi tape to coordinate with the color scheme.

  • Buttons – Sew on decorative buttons with coordinating thread.

  • Tassels – Cut lengths of yarn and attach around the bottom with glue.

Anything goes – the skys the limit for ways to embellish your creation!

Final Touches

To finish it off:

  • Use a pencil sharpener to cut notches into some of the open ends to hold writing utensils.

  • You can leave tubes open or glue on end caps for a closed container.

  • Consider sealing with mod podge or varnish if you want a glossy finish and to protect painted surfaces.

When done, fill your upcycled toilet paper roll pencil holder with all your favorite pens, pencils, markers, etc. and set it on your desk or workspace to store small supplies in creative style.

The best part is that this project repurposes household items that would normally be tossed out, giving boring toilet paper rolls new life. Let your imagination run wild to make it unique with paint, textures, and embellishments. Enjoy an organizing solution and fun craft all in one!