4.22.2009

Craft Coardboard Stars from a Toilet Paper Roll




These gorgeous cardboard stars are fairly simple to make and have a definite "wow" factor! I'm using mine to make a mobile in the kids room, but they would make a beautiful addition to any Christmas Tree and I'm sure you crafty ladies out there can imagine other fantastic uses for them! This is definitely a craft for mom (although kids can help sprinkle the glitter). Want to make some?

Things You will need:

- empty toilet paper rolls (each roll makes about one star)
-scissors
- glue, the school liquid variety
- clothes pins
-spray paint (Cheap kind from Walmart in White)
-ULTRA FINE glitter (I used green/white)

Directions:
1. Cut the toilet paper roll into 3/4 inch "rings" (see photo below)


You should be able to get or 6 rings (the almost look like leaves or petals from a flower)


2. Dab some glue on the tip of the ring as such and adhere it to another ring.



3. Use a clothes pin to help them dry and stay together

4. Do this all the way around until you have your desired shape (5 rings make a star and 6 make a flower). Let dry completely.

I made several stars and let them dry completely,before I went on to the next step...




.5. Spray paint each one in whatever color you desire...I chose white




5a. Spray with spray adhesive. (Some commenters who tried just the spray paint said the glitter didn't stick well to the paint. So I added the step in to spray with spray adhesive.

6. Sprinkle it with glitter lay it out on wax paper or somewhere clean, cool, and dry and let dry for an hour.



7. Grab a cup of iced coffee, relax, and marvel at how crafty you are!
Original tutorial and other variations found here.

*Update: Check out the comments for how some readers made this project work for kids
*Also see comments from readers who couldn't get spray paint to work.

178 comments:

  1. These are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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  2. I'd not be surprised if I end up making something like this! After 5 years plus, I have yet get tired of snowflake theme.

    I wonder what end result would be if I glued finished product to a round white paper doily and then trim it to desired pattern? What about two TP flakes glued together with doily like a sandwich but flakes not lined up (think 10 point snowflake)?

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  4. A few months ago I was suddenly overcome with a compulsion to save all of our empty TP rolls. Now I know why! So cute and I can make SO many!

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  5. I'm bookmarking this for next Christmas. I think we'll make bunch of these for our tree! Thanks.

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  6. What a very clever and pretty craft. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. What a great idea! I can't wait to try this.

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  8. OMG I love it, I've never seen anyone use toilet paper rolls like this! Great idea and so pretty. They also kind of look like flowers.

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  9. What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This is so darn cute! I have about 1,000 ideas running through my head! Aaaahhh! So simple! Why did I not think of this? Thanks for sharing!

    PS. Saw you on one pretty thing, too! :-)

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  11. Easy and cute. I will link to this idea!

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  12. I saw you at One Pretty Thing, too. I love these. I'm picturing them in red with glass glitter sprinkled over them and hanging in my windows for Christmas. Or maybe white. Red might be a little out there to hang in the windows. For Christmas I mean.

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  13. genious! I have many of these toilet paper rolls just lying around...

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  14. Michelle,

    This is a beautiful project! I'm so glad to see your blog is flourishing.

    xo
    Katy

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  15. Those are beautiful!!! My girls room has a lot of teal, hot pink and lime green...so I'm gonna make some in those colors...thanks so much!

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  17. Those are so cute and I was just thinking recently how I wish I could find something cute and creative to make out of tp rolls! :-)

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  18. These are awesome!!! Where do you come up with this stuff SITSta? I'll have to do some of these with my kiddos!

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  19. Those are so cute and clever. Thanks for sharing!

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  20. These are adorable. My students will be making these this Christmas to hang on our tree!

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  21. Those are so darn cute! Man, you're crafty! I totally didn't get that gene. :)

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  22. Cute, simple, recycled, frugal... what's not to love here?

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  23. Wow! These are so cute and you are soooooooooo creative!

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  24. Great idea! Happy SITS day.

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  25. I love these!! I did a few once and they came out beautiful. I like the tip of using the clothespins. I have lots of tp rolls. I'll have to make some more now.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

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  26. Wow! Those are really crafty and pretty!

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  27. wow...you truly are clever! I have never seen anything like this! Congrats on your SITS day!

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  28. I bet my girls would love this project! I'm now off to see if I've saved any toilet paper rolls....I save just about everything!
    Happy SITS day!

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  29. What a great idea!

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  30. What a cute and inexpensive idea!

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  31. This is an awesome idea! I loved your posts today as our FB on SITS. I am going to follow now!

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  32. What a neat idea! :)

    stopping by from SITS! ;)

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  33. I love these; I am so glad I found your blog!

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  34. Those are soo cool! I might have to make them as Christmas tree decorations, as I am always trying to change the decor! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Those look fantastic! Great idea!!

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  36. I could be wrong, but I think every project is better when you add glitter. Someone should've told Frank Lloyd Wright. I think he would've appreciated it.

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  37. When we move, the girls all want to redecorate their rooms. This would be such a cute project for them to do themselves. They could each make a mobile for by their windows OR garlands for their headboards!! Oh, the possibilities are endless!

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  38. They turned out gorgeous!

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  39. How pretty! I love a frugal crafting idea!

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  40. Um.....wow! I would have NEVER thought of that and will begin to save my rolls starting today!!! Thank you!!!!

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  41. This is a neat craft! Thanks for sharing it. :)

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  42. Oh, how pretty! These would make pretty gifts (as Christmas tree ornaments) or gift-wrap embellishments. I can even see them hanging in a window, instead of a suncatcher.

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  43. I've always wondered what I could do with those little tubes instead of trashing them. Great idea.

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  44. Those are AMAZING! I will now be making a star out of every single toilet paper roll we use. Love the idea!

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  45. BRILLIANT! My daughters are going to LOVE this!

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  46. http://the-sunshine-club.blogspot.com6:24 AM

    extremely beautiful and very creative...thanks for sharing

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  47. Do you think my kids teachers will kill me if I give these to them next Christmas? LOVE IT!!! Can't wait to save up the rolls... if my 7 year old sees I'm saving them, he'll want to paper our house to get it done!!! THX,T

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  48. These are so pretty! I teach first grade and am always looking for holiday crafts... this is a great idea!

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  49. Awesome!!! I'm seeing some homemade Christmas decorations in the future!!

    Happy SITS day!

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  50. Who knew you could class a toilet paper roll up so nicely? Thanks for the demo!

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  51. Visiting from SITS. This is such a cute idea! I am definitely going to start saving TP rolls!

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  52. omgosh, I absolutely LOVE these!

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  53. Oh my goodness I LOVE these! I can't wait to yell at my boyfriend next time he throws out one of the rolls. :)

    Another project for this weekend!

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  54. Cute idea! They would make wonderful Christmas ornaments!

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  55. Love this craft! Love it, love it, love it! TFS!

    Oh, and congrats on your SITS day!

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  56. After seeing a few of your posts I think you were a good choice for the featured blogger! I love all of your cute ides!! Happy Sitsas!!!

    www.sugarandspiceandallhairnice.blogspot.com

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  57. These look like fabulous Christmas tree decorations! Love it; thank you!

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  58. these are so cute- and my older kids could make them! You've hooked me- I'm a follower now!!

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  59. I just love these...we are going to have to make this one of our summer crafts! I'll let you know when we get them made so you can see how they turn out. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial Michelle, you crafty lady you!

    Jamie :)

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  60. Hi! Dropping in from SITS. These are very crafty and cute! Will add this to my DIY christmas to do list this year for my blog series. Thanks!

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  61. http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com7:11 AM

    mmm loving this idea, recycle and stuff!!!
    Brittany

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  62. These are genius - they turned out so well.

    Now I have to have motivation to get glitter and spray paint, the TP I have...

    :)

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  63. Love it! I'm always doing simple crafts with my three year old (I keep supplies in a "Rainy Day Drawer", just in case.) Guess where all my toilet paper rolls are going now? lol!

    You've sold me - I'm following now, SITsta! ;)

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  64. Toilet paper rolls strike again! What would we do without them?

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  65. I love this! I'm thinking of present toppers! I've been saving all my toliet rolls for a long time with no reason now I have one!

    Blessings to you today!
    ~Lana~

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  66. This are very cute. This would a project my little ladies would love! Thanks!

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  67. I have totally been saving all my paper towel rolls & TP rolls because every time I see a cute craft, you always seem to need one. Aha! I feel so smart now. I am totally making this. Thanks for demo'ing a project easy enough even for those of us (ME!) who aren't totally crafts-inclined.

    Happy SITS day:-)

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  68. Wow! So easy... even I could do it. Have a great SITS day!

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  69. That would be a great project for christmas crafts.

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  70. These are FABulous! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Totally going to bookmark it.

    And once again....congrats on your SITS feature!

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  71. Oh my gosh! Those are so cute and so easy to make. Looks like we have a craft project for upcoming family parties, thanks.

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  72. Happy SITS day...they look good enough to eat.

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  73. Those are so cute! I love cute and easy crafts!! I am bookmarking this one!

    Happy SITS day!!

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  74. These are adorable. I'll definitely have to try it out, I know we have a bunch of rolls around here somewhere.

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  75. Wow, so easy and so cute!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  76. Oh wow! They're so pretty! Brilliant.

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  77. These are adorable and seem super easy!

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  78. look how craft you are! this is amazing!

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  79. Love these! You better watch out...I might be asking you to do a Sunday guest post on my blog....with your great ideas and all....

    Mariel
    www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  80. Wow...that looks like it's easy enough for ME to do!

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  81. I LOVE these! Thanks for sharing. I will def be playing with this craft!!

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  82. wow! Martha Stewart has nothing on you! Did you come up with this yourself???

    I would love to do that with my girls!

    Visiting from SITS!

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  83. What a great idea! My Mama, who has passed on, was a Christmas decor freak - she would have totally LOVED these!!

    Happy SITS day!

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  84. Wonderful idea!
    Happy SITS Day!

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  85. I can't wait to make these! Happy sits day!

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  86. I love those!!
    Happy SITS day!

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  87. Those are beautiful! What a crafty idea, cheap too!

    Thanks :)

    Happy SITS day!

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  88. What a great idea! I'll have to try some for Christmas this year.

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  89. I so admire crafty moms. I'm not, so I'll just "steal" your ideas to use with my son. :-)

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  90. I absolutely LOVE craft projects that also recycle!! This is freakin' brilliant!! With all the toilet paper we go thru, I'll have a sky-full of stars by Sunday!

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  91. Oh, how pretty. What a coincidence - I posted about using toilet paper rolls today.

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  92. Those are soooo cute!! I'm totally gonna try that!! Happy SITS day!!

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  93. Wonderful idea...but I still think I would be challenged at it! LOL

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  94. Gorgeous! Will definitely be trying these and I'm not scouring your blog for other crafts! What a great idea!

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  95. I would love to make these. Don't trust myself to have the patience! Thanks for the idea.

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  96. Love, love this! Great job :)

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  97. You Go, You Crafty Girl!!
    Love this!!

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  98. Must send link to crafty friends!

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  99. How pretty. I think I might do red white and blue for the fourth of July. Happy SITS DAY

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  100. Very cute! I think even I can make these!

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  101. Wow! I love these and such a simple way to reuse something we all normally throw away! Great idea!

    Enjoy the SITSta love today!!

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  102. That is just the cutest idea! I wouldn't have ever guessed you used toilet paper rolls. i can see my family now if I were to start saying, "Can't you use a little more toilet paper and I need the roll when you're done." They would probably have me committed...LOL Really cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  103. wow! These are great. I'm totally following you!
    Coming over from SITS, btw!

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  104. fantastic!!!! these are going on my very long to-do list.lol!

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  105. How something so headed for the garbage can look so beautiful its amazing thanks for sharing

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  106. Why helloooooooo new Christmas ornaments! These would make good gifts for children to make for grandparents, don'tchya think?

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  107. What a FANTASTIC idea! These are so pretty. I might have to give this a shot - it would make a pretty summer mobile to hang from the awning.

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  108. These are so beautiful. I've stopped by from SITS and now follow your blog. Such awesome creative ideas. Love them!

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  109. in my 20 years of preschool/kindergarten teaching and general momhood - I have seen A LOT of crafts made with TP rolls... I've gotten SO sick of them - but These are Awesome!!!! You Rock!

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  110. I love this idea! Very original!

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  111. So cute! I'll have to give it a try, although I have an uncanny ability to mess up anything craft related! Happy SITS day!

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  112. what a great craft. I've bookmarked this for future reference!

    happy SITS day!

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  113. So cute and easy!

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  114. These are great! We save our toilet paper rolls for recycling so I always have some on hand.

    Hope you are having a great SITS day!

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  115. Those are so beautiful! I'll have to bookmark this to make those for the tree this Christmas.

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  116. Those are totally awesome. I will definitely try this at Christmas time. Happy SITS day!

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  117. Those are great! I am sooo not the crafty one!

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  118. Thanks for sharing . Stopping in from SITSA . If I remember this by Xmas it would be great to decorate with ! www.icoulduseadeal.blogspot.com

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  119. That's it~
    I'm doing this one, chickee!

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  120. What a cute craft!! I need to try that sometime... I need to make a baby to try it with ;)

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  121. Very, very cute; with a few different colors, I think they could look like flowers, too. (I love flowers!)

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  122. Oooh I LOVE those!!!

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  123. That is the cleverest thing I've seen in a loooong time!

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  124. Glue and I usually don't get along, but I just might brave it to make these.

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  125. SO crafty and easy enough for this non-crafter to do!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Congrats on your big SITSday!!

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  126. looks like you have quite a few fun and wonderful ideas on your blog! :)

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  127. No Way!!! I love it!! A new way to use toilet paper rolls! I mean, seriously, this gives a whole new meaning to recycling...AND my kids can get in on it...Props to you!!

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  128. Great idea, Martha Stewart watch out, there's a new M in town!

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  129. You are a genius. But I'm sure you know that.

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  130. No way, these are adorable!!! I just threw a roll away five minutes ago. Humm...

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  131. Ingenious, easy, and fun! Great idea!!!

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  132. Ooh fun project! I could do this with the kids! TFS!

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  133. Those are totally cool! I am definitely going to do this. My son's a little young, but I might just do them myself for Christmas ornaments and stuff!

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  134. Wow! These are beautiful! I love the glitter. I never saw your original post. I hope you were not too upset I didn't have it linked. I was being lazy that day! It is linked now. I am so happy you emailed me with the link. I will have to try the project like it was originally intended. Thanks!

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  135. I have been meaning to find a tutorial for these. My daughter needs to make these to finish up a mobile for her new bedroom! Thank goodness for "you might also like...." widget! And thank you for this awesome tutorial!!

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  136. Very pretty! I think I'm going to make some into snow flakes and some into poinsettias.

    Here's a tip for gluing them together. You can use a hot glue gun. It works great for heavy paper like this and then you don't have to use clothes pins or wait long for the glue to dry. Can you tell I get impatient?

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  137. What an excellent idea to turn these into an ornament. I have seen a lot of these flowers popping up all over but never made into something I would love to use. We will definately be making these!

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  138. Hi and greetings from Finland ! I have also been inspired by toilet paper roll shapes myself. Very nice to develop something beautiful of such material that is very inexpensive and overwhelmingly available! ;)

    I created a web album to be able to share mine with you:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/e8vquX-b69HZoY1-N_z83Q?feat=directlink

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  139. Hey I saw this idea on tv one day and i have been making them for a while now, im doing a demo on them for school and needed some other sources, and i didn't know if anyone else knew about it, so thank you and i will tell everyone about your site it is so fun! Props to u!

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  140. Anonymous2:49 AM

    Thanks for sharing this idea! I've just used it to make Xmas decorations with kids, they loved it!

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  141. These are so cute. I used this idea to make ornaments for my Christmas tree this year. I am posting a link to your site on my blog, so others can see how to make them. Thanks!

    Liz
    crowleyzone.blogspot.com

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  142. These are the most beautiful handmade, recycled things I've ever seen! I have had them in my to do file for months now and finally got around to making them now that it is Christmas. They are the perfect addition to our tree this year! Thanks for the great idea and I hope you don't mind if I add a link to your post on my blog.

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  143. Our snowflakes are here: http://mermaidscreations.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/734/

    Thanks for the great idea!

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  144. Simply brilliant. what a clever use of the loo roll insert. I use recycling a lot in community arts and arts education projects and will be sharing your brilliance.

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  145. this is so great. i love recycling unwanted items. it is great fun and great money saver at times!

    Mandy of @iamthemandy
    www.iamthemandy.com

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  146. This craft is beautiful and creative, its simple and economical. its really great! thanks for sharing!
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    Seattle Real Estate

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  147. Beautiful and really interesting idea! I'll use it for next Christmas :)
    Thank you ^^

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  148. My family does an ornament swap every Thanksgiving and my girls love to make their own. Guess what we will be swapping this year!

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  149. So cute! thanks for sharing

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  150. Love it!!!!!!!!

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  151. Anonymous12:08 PM

    if you did red glitter they could be pointestta's!

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  152. Anonymous5:13 PM

    How do you get the spray paint to stick? When I spray them with white Krylon it just rolls right off.

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  153. I used the cheap no name spray paint from walmart and apply an even coat. Hope that helps.

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  154. I just tried these and failed miserably!! The spray paint would not stick to the cardboard and the paint is now a part of my fingers until it wears off. :) I handpainted mine with acrylic paint and it worked better for me, but it dried super fast so didn't get the glitter on quick enough! I may try again, but they certainly weren't as easy as you make them look...lol... Thanks! I think I will still mention them on my blog (tiztheseason.wordpress.com) because they are just darling! Monica@tiztheseason.wordpress.com

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  155. Anonymous10:47 AM

    I must be spray paint challenged as I couldn't get in all the curves. But watering down white paint and dipping them worked great! Love them! Thanks for the great inexpensive idea!!!!

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  156. Miriam nic caba3:15 PM

    Hi there
    I made these with my class of 3-4 year olds. I cut the cardboard and stapled them and the kids painted them in lots of different colours. Once they dried the kids put pvc glue on them and sprinkled glitter on them. They turned out great and the kids were super proud of them!
    Thanks for the great idea,
    Miriam, Ireland

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  157. A Key part of this project is ULTRA FINE Glitter and cheap white spray paint from Wal-mart.

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  158. Anonymous1:12 PM

    I made these flowers and other strips of toilet paper to make a picture frame! It looks really awesome on my red wall.

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  159. I hot glued them so we didn't have to wait for them to dry before decorating. Then, the kids painted them with the washable Crayola paints and then we sprinkled glitter on them. They are beautiful. Oh, we also used a paper towel tube instead. Thanks for this idea!

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  160. Anonymous7:39 PM

    I used cheap spray paint. It kept soaking into the pieces, had to apply many coats. It also helped to hold the snowflake midair on a pencil through the corner, and then rotate the pencil through each one, to get full coverage with the paint. Wish I'd known about superfine glitter working better. Our glitter was "fat". They turned out okay, but not great.

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  161. thanks for the idea. i changed it up a bit and let my daughter paint each paper ring with metallic paint and then i later put glow in the dark paint on them. they'll be little decorations to hang in her room. photos on my blog if interested - http://smiliezzworld.blogspot.com/2012/02/stars.html.

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  162. Love the glitter idea! I make these and glue them together into massive wreaths. Then I spray paint them black, makes them look like iron wall art. One tip for everyone...hot glue gun. Super easy, dries instantly, no clothes pins needed.

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  163. Hi there! I thought that this was so great that I featured it in my "100 Jolly Christmas Crafts & Decorations"! Have a great day! http://www.aspectacledowl.com/100-christmas-crafts-decorations/

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  164. Very Cute! I made about two dozen last year with a girlfriend from Mexico. We kept them white or red, and added two green leafs to look like poinsettia's. They were so fun to make, and looked beautiful as well.

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  165. thank you for posting this..i am going to make a bunch of them..and put them together to make a christmas wreath for my front door..i think they look like snowflakes which will be perfect with a snowman ribbon for a hanger..if i can figure out how to do it i will post a pic when i get my wreath finished.

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  166. AMAZING! Last year, my husband and I bought a tent gazebo for our North Garden. I have been looking for something to hang inside the gazebo for Christmas and I JUST found it! Thank you for posting this.




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  167. This may seem a silly question but do you 'sprinkle with glitter' when the paint is wet or do you brush on glue and then sprinkle?

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  168. My favorite step is #7 :)

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  169. I love these made them years ago with my granddaughter and just store them in a shirt box with tissue paper. Only thing different i did was while glue was still wet i dropp them in a bag of artificial snow. They really glisten.

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