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« on: December 28, 2013 02:49:41 PM »

I've been RE-reorganizing the top of my dresser, because it was getting cluttered again...
Anyway, I figured there were a few things that were taking up too much room - one being a standing jewelry holder that a friend gave me years ago that was barely being used (probably in part because it was in an awkward place, but too tall to put at the front of the dresser), and the other being a plastic box that was great for taking cosmetics and stuff to school in, but was bulky on the dresser.
I have been hoarding toilet paper rolls for a while now, but hadn't figured out what exactly to do with them. As it happens, I also have a bit of a problem with holding onto chopsticks (unused!) from restaurants. It occurred to me that chopsticks would be perfect for holding rings and earrings, and take up far less vertical space, which is what I wanted.
Making the holders was so simple. I just poked holes in two toilet paper rolls and stuck the chopstick in, then glued one end. I'm leaving one end 'loose' so that I can put rings on it and take them off again...it'd be kinda hard to do so if both ends were glued!
I repeated the process to make a 'bar' for my earrings. I also poked post earrings through the cardboard of the tube, because I didn't have any way of hanging them. It worked quite nicely!
I'm keeping it natural for now, but if I have the time I'd love to paint them, make them look a bit fancier. ^^
Here's a pic for you guys, in case you're having trouble visualizing what I've described (sorry for the terrible pic quality...you get the point, though, right?)

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2013 04:49:00 PM »

I love that you created something so useful out of materials you had on hand. I have a suggestion for the ring holder. Stick a chopstick all the way through a paper tube and out the other end. Hang the rings on each side. Then there is no need to remove the chopstick to remove the rings. Just slide them on and off.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2013 05:20:00 PM »

Very resourceful and a great re-purpose project!
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2013 06:15:06 PM »

This is great!  We'd love a link in the Recycling Craftalong, if you've a mind to add it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2013 08:26:55 PM »

@Craftsunderground: Oh, what a brilliant idea! I'd have to make sure I balanced the rings, though, so that both sides would have somewhat equal weight, or else it would tip over.

@HSG: Thank you! I was afraid people would find it silly.

@kaz814: Okay, sure! I see the link in your signature, I'll go there right now and post the link.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2013 06:32:23 AM »

Clever! And to keep a single tube for tipping over with the weight of rings, you could glue on a circle of cardboard at the bottom, and fill the tube to just under where the chopstick pokes through with pebbles or something to give it some weight. That'd make it sturdy without taking up any more space.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2013 06:58:24 AM »

I just love the recycling project!  I also have one of those totally useless earring holders...too bothersome to use...I like the idea of making it sturdier with a base...thanks for posting...
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2013 08:36:33 AM »

Very nifty idea.  These would look great covered in some pretty paper.
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2013 07:09:31 AM »

I'm glad people like this!
Thanks for all the suggestions, too. I'll probably modify the ring stand and put pebbles in the base.

EDIT: It just occurred to me that I can put bracelets around the toilet paper tubes, too! Cheesy
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