July 23, 2013

Tuesday Tips or Techniques!

Hi Stampers! I hope your week started out with a bang! The month of July has been hot here in Maine. Seems like it rained and rained and then once the heat settled in, wowza! We are nearing the end of July and heading to August soon. August through October are my favorite months. I don't like them to make an appearance too quickly though as that usually means snow is on the way.

And speaking of the fall months, today I have a cute little hand-made treat box to show you:


And you wouldn't believe what I repurposed to create it. It's sitting right below these words.....


Haha, yes! It's an empty roll of bathroom tissue! Yes way! First I used my Bone Folder to flatten it up really really good on each side:


Now this is the point in my project where I would glue some designer paper to the whole roll before proceeding but since I am showing you how to do this, I'll save the designer paper for later.

Using a spool of ribbon or something similarly round, place it on the end of each side of your cardboard tubing and trace a pencil line to create rounded ends. Cut with your Paper Snips:


Now, using the ribbon spool a 2nd time, flip it so that the curved end joins the ends that you cut off on each side. See in the photo below where I've already drawn the 2nd curve that meets the first curve? The one on the left-hand side? In order to create a scored line, I used a Stampin' Pierce Mat and my Scoring Tool to trace the penciled line to score it on both ends of the roll. Flip roll over and repeat on side 2:


Once all score lines have been prepped, pinch the sides of your roll and push on the score lines to make them fold in towards the center:


Flip the roll over and repeat:


Using a 3/4" Circle Punch, punch a half-circle notch on each end. This will make it easier to open the flaps:


The notches should be cut on one adjacent flap on one side only:


This is what my completed box looks like covered with designer paper. It is much easier to glue the designer paper in the first few steps:


And my little box all decorated for a Halloween treat:


Isn't it great to be able to create something from an item you would generally toss in the trash? And it's free afterall! Thanks for visiting today!



T


debbiesdesigns2009@gmail.com

14 comments:

  1. Goodness!! how very clever!!! This is really a great project and such a fabulous way to teach my grandkids that recycling can be fun. I'm going to start collecting this empty rolls from my daughters, this will be a fantastic way to keep those little hands entertained when they visit their grandma!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.

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    1. I agree Maria, great projects for the kiddos! Thanks!

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  2. Great idea Debbie. Love when you can make something out of recycled items. Thanks for sharing the steps on how to make this.

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    1. I seem to always find some way to recycle items, especially to make them 3D. Thanks Eileen!

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  3. With a four-female household, you can guess just how many of these gems get tossed each month! What a great way to up-cycle them. Fabulous project!

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    1. Oh my gosh you made me laugh with your 4 female comment. I'm sure you'll have some empty ones available soon! Thanks!

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  4. Such a cute, inexpensive idea!

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  5. This is adorable...and just happened to find a toilet paper tube that needs to be altered today.......so am printing out your instructions and see how I do. Thanks, Debbie....great project!

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    1. Go for it Carol. Let me know how you make out! Thanks!

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  6. This is such a crafty and creative idea! Who doesn't have paper towel or toilet paper tubes?! Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous ideas with us!!

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    1. I was going to mention that this would work with paper towel rolls also for the longer treats. Thanks Margaret!

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  7. Now that is re-purposing. Whenever my husband changes the roll, he brings the roll & asks if I have a use for it. Now I can tell him yes. TFS

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    1. Haha, that is funny Patti! You've got him trained! Thanks!

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