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Take & Make Kit: Paper Tube Flower Art

Thursday, July 1 – Sunday, July 31
Learn how to turn household paper tubes into beautiful wall art.

July 1, 2021

When
Thursday, July 1
to Sunday, July 31

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Learn how to turn household paper tubes into beautiful wall art.

Included in Kit

  • Toilet paper/paper towel tubes

Additional Supplies Needed

  • Hot glue and glue gun (preferred)* or white glue and clothespins/paper clips
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

*A hot glue gun is recommended for use in assembling this craft. If you don’t own one, borrow one from our Library of Things collection!

Supplies are limited, so place your hold as soon as possible. Once all of the kits are reserved, there will be a waiting list. If a kit is not picked up after 5 days, it will go to the next person on the list.

Registration opens Thursday, July 1. Once you’ve placed a hold, kits will be available for pickup Thursday, July 8.

 

Instructions

Step 1

Flatten the paper tubes.

 

Step 2

Use a ruler to mark the length of each tube in 1 cm increments. A standard toilet paper tube is 11 cm long, and a paper towel tube is 28 cm long. Cut each tube into 1 cm wide strips. You will need a total of 90 strips for the design shown.


 

Step 3

Choose a design. Our design features a flower with 6 petals as the base of the design, but if you search Google Images for “Toilet Paper Tube Art” you’ll find many interesting and creative designs to inspire you. The following directions are for creating the design as shown in this kit.

 

Step 4

Apply a small dab of hot glue (about the size of the head of a nail) to one end of a paper strip and immediately press another paper strip so that both ends meet at a point. Repeat with another strip to create a group of 3.

 

Step 5

Repeat step 4 to create a second group of 3 petals. Glue both three-petal shapes together to create a six-petal flower. 6 strips.

 

Step 6

Apply glue to each end of one paper strip and attach to the ends of 2 of the petals on the flower you just created, joining all 3 strips together. Repeat 5 more times to turn your flower into a circle shape. 6 strips.

 

Step 7

Assemble 6 more three-petal shapes (Step 3). Glue each of these three-petal shapes to your base flower shape, so that each three-petal shape meets in the middle of another three-petal shape. 18 strips.

 

Step 8

Apply glue to each end of one paper strip and attach to the ends of 2 of the petals on the flower you just created, joining all 3 strips together. (This is similar to step 6.) Repeat 11 times to create a hexagon. 12 strips.

 

Step 9

Assemble 6 three-petal shapes and 6 two-petal shapes. Working around the edges, attach alternating three-petal shapes and two-petal shapes, so that each flower you create has six petals. 30 strips.

 

Step 10

Apply glue to each end of one paper strip and glue to the ends of 2 of the petals on the flower you just created, joining all 3 strips together. (This is similar to steps 6 and 8.) Repeat 17 times to create a hexagon. 18 strips.

 

Finishing

Hang as is, or paint with spray paint in the desired color. You may also paint with acrylic paint and a paint brush, but this is much easier to do before you cut any of your paper tubes. This also allows you to use multiple colors in your design, depending on the design you choose (see step 3 for alternate designs.) You can also add small embellishments like beads, rhinestones, pearls, small flowers etc. to your finished piece.

 

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