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meraonthewall
« on: December 30, 2005 09:18:06 PM »

What can I do with those little brown cardboard things that you see when there's no more toilet paper left? I'm getting pretty sick of throwing them away. Sad
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2005 09:25:00 PM »

i just went through this. i made a bunch of flowers out of them and strung them on twine and hung them in our doorway. (see in the background of the picture?) You just cut the roll into one inch "strips" and tape them together. I can post a better picture tomorrow if it helps Even though they look stupid in the picture*shrug* i think they're cute
 
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2005 09:47:58 PM »

You can use them to make a center pull ball of yarn.  Cut a slit in it to stick one end of your yarn into it and wrap away!
I've tried to make kitty toys out of them.  Out of 2 or 3 hours of work putting a bell inside, sealing the ends and covering with pretty fabric, they just sat on the floor and the kitties ignored it.  I do not suggest that project.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2005 09:56:43 PM »

Kids will paint on them for hours. (well, mine did). My stepdaughter painted one for every member in the family, including the animals, then we strung them all on a piece of string. I still have them and until just a couple of months ago they were the first thing you saw when you walked in my front door. I think I'll put them back. They were kind of festive.

I painted a paper towel one with an Uncle Sam image for the 4th of July and used a teeny tiny terra cot pot, painted red, white and blue for his hat. It was pretty cute but needed something to keep it from being top heavy.

You can also use them to tidy up cords so they're not all spread out or tangled up.

I love the flower garland one in the post before. Very cute idea.

They're lot of fun to paint on. They take the paint great. (acrylic)
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2005 07:35:50 AM »

They make great rodent toys. If you know anyone with gerbils or something like that, they'll love it.  Put it in the gerbil cage, they'll run in and out of it, chew it up, and then make it into bedding. Gerbils know how to recycle!
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2006 07:12:19 AM »

Neat idea! I'll have to tell my son about that.
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meraonthewall
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2006 12:55:46 AM »

Thanks a lot. I'm gonna try everything except the rodent toys as I don't have any rodents in my house and don't want to attract any Wink
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2006 04:55:26 AM »

Or you could make one of these...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=18605.0

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2006 09:36:54 AM »

cut them into various heights, paint them, attach them together and make a desk organizer ....or use them to hold rolled up posters or fabric .... or long stuff like paint brushes. Cut them and put them into a plastic box and use it like a ornament organizer, or for little crafting stuff , in dresser to hold socks and little stuff .... cover with fabric and use as cheap napkin rings ....

Maybe as some sort of rip away mold for something ....

If you think of them as cuttable tubes I am sure you will find a use for some sort of household organization.  I know I always need some sort of divider or organizer in my house....
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2006 11:35:57 AM »

I saw something in a magazine (I think) last week using paper towel rolls for napkin rings. They cut them to the appropriate width and then glued different sorts of dried beans in pretty patterns. It was pretty cool.
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2006 03:24:34 PM »

I just thought of something when reading MissWrite's post on the napkin rings (which is a great idea!).  If you cut the the tubes longwise twice right across from each other, to end up with two half tubes, you can cut them in thin strips to make fringe that naturally curls to glue onto those little cowboy/Indian vests little boys love to make and decorate out of paper bags, or paint them and glue them on the bottom of lamp shades to brighten them up or match them to the room.  Or to anything to make it western or frilly.  To take it further, you could take a first glue on a picture from a magazine, postcard, or a photograph, then cut it in strips, put a protective coating on it and glue them in order (or out of order!) to your project!  I just cut a T.P. roll up and it works great!  the leather fringes usually end up curled up just like that. Or paint it hair colors to make curly hair for puppets! TishaLee
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2006 03:32:18 PM »

Oooh fun ideas!
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2006 01:01:53 AM »

They make great molds for votive candles, and they also make decent vignette hoods/composing scopes if you do any photography (we actually had to bring in a whole bunch for class once).  also good for keeping knee-highs/stockings sorted in a drawer.
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2006 03:39:18 AM »

My sister painted and decorated (beads and such) tp tubes, and cut two 1/2 inch slits down across from each other in one side and they're awesome  picture frames.

I really want to do that idea, but tack them to my wall and make a picture frame grid!
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2006 07:32:46 AM »

make little purses!!

http://web.archive.org/web/20040603164423/http://creative-cards.co.uk/newsletter/purses/angi.html
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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2006 09:20:59 AM »

i jammed one over a turned over paper cup and then covered it with tape to be a vase for some duct tape flowers.
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2006 05:56:05 PM »

I betcha your local school art teacher would like them. For our kindergarteners, we had them tape some construction paper over them, decorate it, and slick googly-eyes on. They made finger puppets 9well, they put three fingers in.)

How about sitting them on end in a cardboard box and using them to start seedlings in indoors in spring? They can hold soil and are thick enough they won't really decompose before the seeds get going. Then you could just pop the seedlings in the ground once they got going without having to cut them out of those nasty cheap black plastic pots.
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