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« on: July 27, 2013 07:41:44 PM »

Yep- at it again. I created the first one for all the bits and pieces that were gathering in my work area- after it was done I thought hey that would be great to to display tiny items- and how great would these be to hold earrings (or rings?) on your dressing table or even in a drawer. the stack really well too.

I am sure you will find all kinds of uses for these.






Wanna know how?


the materials:

1 paper towel roll and 1 empty toilet paper roll
cardboard from food boxes
white craft glue
acrylic paint (optional)
clear varnish or sealer

The tools:

pencil
cutter of some sort ( xacto, scissors, paper cutter etc)
ruler (I use a seam cutter)
1 or 2  used gift cards or expired debit/credit cards (I prefer two)


First we will create what I like to call laminated cardboard to be used for the base or the frame

you will need 4 cardboard pieces, the craft glue and the expired gift card

1.cover the printed side of one piece of cardboard with white glue


use the expired gift card to spread the glue evenly making sure you have glue coverage on the corners and the edges


place a second piece printed side down on top of the glue, Lining up the edges as best as possible. Use the 2nd gift card to "squeegee" the cardboard- this ensures the  pieces are stuck together real well

now let's add a third layer- spread glue on the 2-layer piece of cardboard  just as above- place the third piece of cardboard printed side down and again squeegee the layers together- repeat with the fourth piece-

It is important to make sure the printed cardboard is not exposed, the printed side of the cardboard is hard to paint over- there is a shiny finish to it that does not allow the paint to stick properly- while the unfinished side takes the paint quite easy-

set the newly laminated cardboard aside and allow to dry as we go on to the next step

2.  Take the empty paper towel roll and measure and mark with the pencil 1" increments.

using your cutting tool cut the paper roll up into rings- from a paper towel roll you get 10 rings in the organizers above I used twelve rings


at this point I paint the rings and one side of the laminated cardboard with the interior color and set aside to dry

3. Now that your laminated cardboard and rings have dried we can cut the frame pieces

place the rings in the configuration you desire onto the the laminated cardboard mine is 3 rings by 4 rings


using a pencil mark the cardboard where the rings end to create your cutting lines.

this will  be the base your rings sit on the remaining laminated cardboard will become the sides-

using a sharp cutter cut out your base (I used a paper cutter)

4. cut the remaining piece of laminated cardboard into 1" strips

5. assembling the frame: I do the short ends of the box first- using your base as a guide mark the length of the 1" strips 2 end pieces. Glue the pieces to each short end an allow to dry for as long as you can stand waiting (yeah, we all do that)
 
Again using the base as a guide measure and cut the remaining two sides- and attach- set aside and allow to dry


6.Putting it all together- once frame is dried  it is time to glue the rings in- place glue on one side of the rings and place inside the frame- make sure the rings are touching the base, set aside and allow to dry.

when dried paint the outside of the box and your done!


Happy Crafting!

Tesa
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013 08:21:31 PM »

This is an awesome tutorial!  Thanks for posting because I believe one of these just might have to make its way to my teacher desk this year!
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2013 09:05:19 PM »

your welcome!- I love making things that are useful, attractive and best of all Free-
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013 09:49:58 PM »

FABULOUS FABULOUS FABULOUS!  I need an organizer for my jewelry and everything I found was either ugly or expensive (or both).  This is neither ugly nor expensive!  In fact, it's adorable and cheap.  Win and Win!  Thanks for the tute.  I'd never have thought of gluing multiple pieces of cardboard together.
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2013 10:05:26 PM »

once you've glued he layers together and they have dried they are extremely durable
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2013 01:10:31 AM »

LOVE this Teag - thank you for sharing. I hate throwing tp rolls away knowing there must be somethinguseful I could make with them  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2013 01:53:01 AM »

Thank you for a wonderful and very useful tutorial!!! On my to do list!! (Oh My!)
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2013 08:21:59 AM »

You've done it again!! Treasure from trash Smiley. These will definitely be handy for organizing crafty bits and bobs.
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2013 10:24:35 AM »

I'm in awe of your ability to keep finding great uses for old toilet rolls etc.  This is lovely.
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2013 08:13:17 PM »

I want to know how you get such rounded tubes.  My TP tubes are always so jacked up.
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2013 09:52:52 PM »

how do your tubes get so jacked? mine are almost always round.
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2013 01:46:04 PM »

Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this, and for writing up a tutorial! I'm always looking for new, inventive ideas for cardboard that would end up being thrown away. Going have to try something like this for sure!
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2013 07:27:13 PM »

how do your tubes get so jacked? mine are almost always round.

They just come that way.  They're always bent up or crushed.  Maybe it's the brand I buy, I dunno.  At least I can use the jacked up ones for seed starting pots.
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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2013 11:26:07 AM »

thats brilliant Smiley so cute and useful. i've just made something like this for myself as a desk tidy on a much larger scale Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2014 11:33:47 AM »

Excellent idea!

Real jewellery boxes are conceived for real jewellery, so they tend to be small. But I've got lots and lots of fashion jewellery (especially since I have started making my own), so storage is an issue.
I've always used chocolate boxes for earrings, with their perfect little "cups", but there are no chocolates as big as some of my large earrings - which are clips and screw on types, not for pierced ears, so hanging them is not an option.

Therefore your idea really inspired me.
I was thinking, for earrings, especially long and complicated ones, one could cut thinner tube slices and just squeeze them a bit to make long ovals instead of rounds.
And... use a real box with a lid - better for protecting small things. I'm thinking of large chocolate boxes again. Possibly reinforcing the bottom and sides as well as the lid with more cardboard pieces using your method, to make it sturdier.
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2014 10:52:11 AM »

I'm glad I saw this tutorial on the "Tuesday Tutorial" of Craftster! I missed this when it was posted in 2013!

Thanks Tesa! I will bookmark this and give it a try!  Smiley
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This is so amazing, I'm so inspired by this project! Thanks for sharing!!
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