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« on: September 01, 2011 08:37:54 PM »



This is my beautiful new tree in my fantastic new apartment.  I made it entirely in one day (about 11 hours, most of them spent painting) less than a week before I was to move into my new apartment, because I needed some lightweight large beautiful artwork to bring nature into the city. Its made entirely out of toilet paper rolls with a few paper towel rolls thrown in for good measure.  I am absolutely in love with it.



 Its slightly over 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide.  I cant even tell you how many rolls this took because Ive been collecting since January and I cut as I go.  I started counting the leaves and lost count at over 200 so Im guessing its 400+ inch pieces all hot glued together to make my ode to nature. Cheesy




To construct the tree I flattened the toilet rolls and cut them into inch pieces.  Then I pinched them open to a leaf shape, and arranged them into the top of the tree.
For the trunk I didnt open them up, instead I tried to flatten them to make a bark like texture. 
(In regards to inspiration, I learned how to make snowflakes like these years ago at school or something since then Ive seen ppl online make some organic cell like shapes with them, but Ive never seen a tree, even though I searched some out after I made mine, also I think my technique is a bit different, but I still wanted to acknowledge that).

I placed the hearts in the tree because my mom has always placed hearts in the trees she draws, its just a family thing to represent the intertwining of love and nature.

A scale reference: this is over my XL Twin bed, it takes up a big chunk of the blank white walls.  I just hung it up with clear tacks because there are some strict hanging policies here.

I hand painted all the leaves with 6 shades of green paint left over from my moms wedding crafts.  So the only non-recycled element is the 2 glue gun sticks that it took to assemble.

The trunk is left in its natural state.

The hearts are also rings, just pinched a bit different.

So heres the mini tree I first designed, but then I thought, if Im going to do this, Im going all out! I took all my possible designs apart and used them all to make this larger tree (pre paint and glue).






I hope youve enjoyed looking at my new love. Now I just need to get everyone saving their rolls so I can make all the requests Ive received. Cheesy lol

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2011 09:05:26 PM »

I love it. I would also like to share your idea with my 4-H group, with your permission of course.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011 09:21:01 PM »

Absolutely! I love to share, and inspire creativity in youth! (The teacher in me lol!)

I know some people make roll crafts without the hot glue but you need lots of little clips to hold the stuff together for quite a while... so idk what age groups your working with but if they're old enough hot glue will save you tons of headache. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2011 11:46:48 AM »

cool project!!  looks really fun to do!
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2011 12:27:26 PM »

love it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2011 06:00:41 PM »

Completely inspired and inspiring!  I love the hearts -- in using the heart motif you have honored your mother which I find very cool!
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2011 06:17:00 PM »

Absolutely! I love to share, and inspire creativity in youth! (The teacher in me lol!)

I know some people make roll crafts without the hot glue but you need lots of little clips to hold the stuff together for quite a while... so idk what age groups your working with but if they're old enough hot glue will save you tons of headache. Cheesy

Thanks.  Grin  Groups range from 4 - 18.  I'll adjust for age groups.  Now I have to get them to start saving their tp rolls.
I'm also going to share this with my art teacher friend.  With the budget cuts in our state she lost half her budget so together we've been bouncing recycle crafts off each other.  Thanks again.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2011 08:09:56 PM »

Rosie1981 - I completely understand! I volunteer to teach art at a local elementary school because of their budget cuts, and supplies all have to be donated or recycled/collected. Cheesy I'm just happy to have inspired you!
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2011 10:17:12 PM »

FANTASTIC!
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2011 11:49:21 AM »

It looks wonderful! (I love the pillows on your bed too, btw!  Smiley)
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2011 07:11:30 PM »

Just beautiful and well done! Rockin' for sure!
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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2011 11:39:27 PM »

teachart - Thanks! lol, I was thinking of posting the patterns I wrote for them, but I have to find where I put them... Story of my life. lol
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2011 08:18:23 AM »

The tree does look so pretty!!   I like the lacy look of it. 

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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2011 10:51:40 AM »

It reminds me of quilling. I think for the trunk I would cut strips length ways and make the bark by attaching the strips in a similar way. Still, yours looks great.
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« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2011 12:32:28 PM »

BEAUTIFUL! I love the randomness of the trunk!
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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2011 04:20:03 PM »

lovely.

What a great ode to nature in all ways.
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« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2011 08:25:44 PM »

Absolutely love it!
Did you paint each leaf before constructing?
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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2011 08:29:29 PM »

pogo: lol, I did paint each individually. If you're not as committed you could get a different look by spray painting after you've attached them all.... but I really wanted a variety of colors.

ysemine: I thought about cutting them up, but I wanted to stay true to the tubes. lol.


I hope anyone who makes similar trees posts pics so I can see!
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« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2011 05:48:50 PM »

This is such an amazing idea! What a great way to recycle, why didn't I ever think of this? I'm going to start saving mine for all sorts of designs!
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« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2011 06:45:57 PM »

AHHHHH! that is so cool! did you make the pillow on your bed too?!?
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« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2011 06:53:29 PM »

I love the tree!!!  A friend of mine & I will be doing this in her bedroom but more of a lacy inspired look.  How did you attach them to your wall?  I couldn't ever figure that part out. lol.
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« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2011 09:03:13 PM »

I hung mine on clear push pins because my apartments have strict rules about hanging... the other though I had was those 3M tape hooks... the small clear ones might work well...
Also, hang it from several places for stability.
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« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2011 09:09:17 PM »

I really love this.  I just love making something from nothing, and this takes first prize.  I am seriously going to start saving rolls and try to make one of these. 
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« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2011 09:12:31 PM »

Really cool...I try to save tp rolls, but dh keeps throwing them away..At the present time I only have about 20..I used to have a medium box filled with tp rolls..I have yet to find them from the move..
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« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2011 07:51:58 PM »

wow! so very cool!
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« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2011 10:10:36 AM »

Such a sweet way to recycle- love it!
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« Reply #26 on: September 09, 2011 10:13:53 AM »

vixen72 - or really for anyone interested -

The best way to start collecting is to ask just one or two other people to! lol.
It took me about 6 months of off and on collecting to do this on my own. But since I've had requests for more, a couple of friends started collecting with me, and I almost have enough for another tree! It'll multiply really fast! And don't forget other rolls, paper towels, wrapping paper, etc.

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« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2011 02:20:02 PM »

Okay, not only is the tree totally awesome and beautiful (I've never seen something like it before, and I'm totally inspired now!), but I also love love love the crochet flower pillow on your bed!
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« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2011 06:33:52 AM »

i love trees.. and that is AMAZING!
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« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2011 12:25:32 PM »

Great tree love it me and the kids made sum pics out of toilet paper rolls there today after seeing this Ty.
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« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2011 01:03:56 PM »

Rachel26 - I just saw your post about it! I commented on there too, but I love it! Seriously nothing makes me happier than kids being creative!

And thanks to everyone for the compliments. Cheesy
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« Reply #31 on: October 26, 2011 07:07:53 PM »

amazing! simply amazing
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« Reply #32 on: June 09, 2012 05:21:05 PM »

Thanks! I'm glad people like it!
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« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2013 09:24:48 PM »

Really great work....i like it so much..& wanna make one for my room Cheesy (may be a small one)
isn't it possible to attach all the pieces by stapling? because i dont have glue..& there is sticks in my country. so i can't buy anything. I have 1 big bottle of green color.
btw, should i paint both side of paper roll? should i paint before cut them or after?
 


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