Toilet Paper Rolls for Crafts are one of the most overlooked craft supplies and easy to find. Recycling and repurposing the cardboard from a paper tube never looked so good! There is an abundance of crafts, especially crafts for kids you can make with a cardboard tube.
My friend Melinda Tomasello reached out to me and wanted to share with TCL readers on how she was inspired by all the pandemic TP hoarding. Creating little art pieces from all the toilet paper rolls seems like a great idea!
Cardboard Toilet Paper Rolls for Crafts
Due to all the creative and crafting challenges taking place with COVID19, I thought it would be fun and helpful to create something useful, so for me that would be little art papers. And just like that, my toilet paper and paper towel tube art project emerged. This project can also be used to get a jump start on Christmas, by cutting the pieces into smaller shapes as holiday gift tags.
- Toilet Paper Tube
- Painters Tape
- Acrylic Paints, Crayons, Colored Pencils – whatever you have it great!
- Minwax water based Polycrylic protective finish, optional
- Craft Glue
- Craft Paint Brushes
Crafts with Toilet Paper Rolls
There are SO many ideas when searching for crafts you can make with toilet paper rolls. Especially season or Christmas ideas. It’s always fun to get the kids creating crafts for any holiday. It keeps them busy and some could be given as a homemade gift. My fellow blogger friend Maggie has 79 easy paper tube craft ideas and many you can use for the Christmas holiday or modify for others.
Are Toilet Paper Roll Tubes Safe to Use for Crafting
Because toilet paper tubes are in the bathroom, some are concerned they may be unsanitary. I don’t see any studies on the findings, but I’ve looked around the web and found a few ideas on how to clean and sanitize if you feel you need to.
- Keeping the lid down while flushing keeps the germs from swirling around your bathroom.
- Some people have sprayed with Lysol and then let them dry.
- Some set them out in the sun.
- You can bake toilet paper tubes in the oven on low heat to sanitize them. See this “how to sanitize TP rolls” tutorial.
- You can also purchase paper rolls for created just for crafting. They were never used with toilet paper.
Creating art from items that are headed for the trash or recycling bin is a fun way to create. You don’t have a lot invested, so if it doesn’t turn out, it’s fine!
Show me your TP cardboard tube creations and tag me on Instagram! @TodaysCreativeLife
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Quarantine has most of us working from home with little to no motivation to get up and work in a boring space every single day. However, while working from home has become quite the task, changing up the space you work in can truly make a difference in how inspired you become. The key is simple, bring in a style that you like and fully embrace it in your office space. Here are minimal office space ideas that are functional and stylish.
Wall Mounted Desk
The lighter the hues you use for your home office the larger it will appear giving you that grand showcase
If you have a smaller office, keeping things on the floor is the last thing you want to do. That is where having a wall-mounted desk will come into play. Raising things off of the floor enables you to make the room feel larger while keeping a chic appearance. Keep your lamp and computer on par with your table for an exceptional appearance.
When in doubt consider a textured one tone chair for that bold aspect that makes the room come to life without taking away from your decor.
Just because a room is minimal it doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Reason why bringing in a colorful chair will instantly make the room come to life. The key is working with a chair that is smaller in structure yet is upholstered with a fun pattern that can instantly make the room come to life. It will be almost as if the chair instantly gave the space a boost of character.
Black & Wood
The darker shade will further showcase how expansive a room feels. It’s all about making the room feel fresh with a hint of texture.
If you want a minimal office yet must add an edge to it, use a black hue and work in blonde wood. The two might seem like they don’t blend well together; however, it’s quite the contrary. The right shade of black brings in a chic edge that will ultimately become the focus of the room, while the blonde wood will brighten the overall appearance. If you truly want to take it to the next level bring in a soft shade of gray.
Plenty of Storage
When it comes to storage, adding units that will embrace the room’s appeal will further showcase the room’s aesthetic while giving you more space.
Just because you’re going with a minimal style does not mean you need to only have a few items in the room. If you have an office that you’re working from regularly, you are going to have a ton of paper, pens, books, and notes everywhere. That is where having storage comes into play. The key is getting a tall unit that comes with ample banks of space where you can add files, books, and even extra shelving right where you need it most.
Double it Up
Having space for two people works great except when you’re on top of each other, which is why we love the idea of giving your office a bit of space between the two while still being on the same table area.
Let’s say you and your partner are both working from home and there’s only one room to work from- its time to get creative. And by creative we mean doubling up the space. This means taking your office wall and extending it enough to where you can have two tables, two chairs, and some separation between. It’s all about creating a space that both can work from without being in each other’s face. Consider it one of the easiest ways to work together while keeping it chic and minimal.
Use your chalkboard wall to make a huge difference in the room, by allowing it to be the main focus while being functional and easy on the eye.
If you’re one of those people who loves to keep a paper trail while working, you might want to consider a chalkboard wall. Not only do they look cool but it allows you to have one space where you can scribble down your ideas and goals of the day without creating a mountain of paper that is scattered all over the place. Furthermore, you can keep important notes directly in front of you.
Bring in unique lines to fully showcase what your office space can do and how crisp and clean it is. Work with wood accents to enhance the lines you’re focusing on.
It’s all about keeping it crisp and fresh when you’re on a minimal stand. You want to maintain the room as linearly as possible without being too frigid. Think of it as creating a minimal room while still having all the essential bits right where you need it most. Nevertheless, add a creative nook that has an unusual line that instantly draws your attention to that area of the room.
Leave open spaces of wood to make the room come to life in an overall manner.
There is just something magical, dreamy, and exceptionally chic about an all-wood office. Not only does it make a room come to life, but it instantly soothes the soul. We love the idea of having an all-wood room that has been paired with wood furniture so that it appears as if you have entered a new dimension right in your home. Work with wood stools to keep it minimal yet embrace the room’s woodsy aesthetic.
The simple use of using one accent color makes a world of a difference in the aesthetic of the room.
As stated previously, a minimal room does not need to be boring, it can be everything you expect it to be and more with just a splash of color. Bring in a bright shade such as yellow, blue, orange, or even green and splash them around the room. You don’t want or need to have a bold showcase to make the space feel alive you can have a chic twist and instantly give the room that bold feature with a welcoming hue that embraces the room overall.
One desk Two Jobs
One long table can make a huge difference while still allowing two people to work at once. It’s all about embracing the room’s space and truly loving every area of your minimal office.
When in doubt, of what to bring to a minimal office, bring in one desk and have it work double. A singular desk that is wide enough can work for two people. It’s all about embracing the room’s aesthetic and ensuring you can fit a big enough desk in the room. Having one desk work double the amount works great for those that don’t have much space yet have to work with a spouse at the same time. Furthermore, it enables you to have your favorite materials in one space without overcrowding the area.
When it comes to your office what items must you have? Share with us below.
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BBQ Party Large Free Printables – free banners, signs poster and more! Throw the ultimate BBQ with these beautiful summer party printables. Banners, signs, posters and food signs. Everything you need for the BEST barbeque. Print them off for free.
Large Scale BBQ Banners, Postcards and Pennants
I printed these prints at Staples, but you can print them at any store or copy shop that prints in large scale – here are some big BBQ banners, postcards and pennants.
How to Print Giant BBQ Signs
I loved the large size banners for my BBQ signs! They’re 2 1/2 feet by 6 feet. (So, yes, ginormous. When I ordered mine, they were even on sale for $20 – check your local store for specials!)
Here’s what I did, and you can download the free printables below!
Planning for my BBQ, I knew I wanted signs for the BBQ itself – and for the food and drink stations. I also wanted little signs by the food and drink. Plus, what’s a party without pennants?
Large BBQ Banners
Let’s start by looking at the banners.
Two Style BBQ Banners
I created two styles – vertical and horizontal, both sized for the large, 2 1/2 by 6-foot banners.
I thought the vertical style would work great on the garage door, front door, front of the house, or anywhere else like that to show guests they’re in the right place.
The horizontal ones will work great in the backyard or kitchen!
Download Free BBQ Banners
Here are the printables – they’re fairly large PDFs, and you can upload them directly on Staples Copy & Print (as always, for personal use only).
Right-click this link or the image below and choose “save link as”to download the PDF for the horizontal BBQ banner, and
Right-click this link or the image below and choose “save link as” to download the PDF for the vertical BBQ banner.
Food & Drink BBQ Banners
I wanted to create small banners over the food and drink stations. But since the large banners were on sale for $20 – $10 cheaper than the small ones, I had them printed as the large banners.
I’ve included both sizes for you just in case you’d like the smaller banners. They’re different files because the proportions are different between the two sizes.
Right-click this link or the image below and choose “save link as” to download the PDF for the food banner. (Right-click this link and choose “save link as” to download the PDF for the small food banner.)
Right-click this link or the image below and choose “save link as” to download the PDF for the drinks banner. (Right-click this link and choose “save link as” to download the PDF for the small drinks banner.)
Free BBQ Cards
I wanted to make cards that matched the theme to label the food, salads, drinks and so on. Staples has cool postcards you can print with bright, glossy color. You only need to print on one side — which is cheaper, anyway!
Just print as many as you want, fold them in half, and write the food item in the lighter rectangle. You can print these at home, too, from the PDF.
Right-click this link or the image below and choose “save link as” to download the PDF for the cards.
BBQ Free Pennants
What’s a party without pennants? Often it’s cheaper — and looks better — to print your color prints at a good commercial printer like Staples than at home (and saves on ink). I printed the PDF at Staples – and they look great!
I made the letters spell out CELEBRATE and BBQ along with a blank, an exclamation point, and a few grilling implements. Mix and match however you like!
Celebrate and BBQ Pennant Printables
Right-click this link or the image below and choose “save link as” to download the PDF for the banners.
Just a reminder, all of these printables are for personal use only.
Where Can I Print Large Scale BBQ Posters?
I used Staples to print these BBQ printables. If you want to do that, just click on the link below. Other places that print large-scale items are — FedEx and UPS.
Visit http://design.staples.com/cards/Category/Invitations to design your cards.
Pin BBQ Printables for Later!
Pin these BBQ printables for later. And tag me on Instagram @tatertotsandjello if you use them! I would love to share your party!
More Large Scale Party Ideas
Make a giant photo wall and on a budget by printing on blueprint paper. I also used Staples to print the posters for this project.
Turn Instagram photos into a Teen Selfie wall. There is also a free Selfie printable you can grab.
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Printable Garden Plant Markers. Keep track of the plants in your garden with these DIY Garden Plant Markers with free printables that are the perfect size for Dollar Store stakes.
Printable Garden Plant Markers
I don’t know about you, but when I plant seeds in my garden it’s hard to recognize what plant is which when they are sprouting. I decided to make some simple garden markers so my kids and I can keep track of the different garden plants!
15+ Summer Printables
I am joining some friends who are also sharing free Summer printables as part of Krista @thehappyhappyhousies #seasonalsimplicity event. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page to hop over to all of the free summer ideas and grab the beautiful printables!
Free Garden Markers
I made up a printable with the basic garden plants. All you need to do is click on the link below and save the document to your computer. Then open the printable and print it out!
Dollar Store Plant Markers
I created the garden printables to fit inside the $1 garden markers at the Dollar Store. I found mine at Dollar Tree. They are white plastic markers but I decided to spray paint mine to match the printables. But they would be cute on the plain white markers too.
How Can a Printable Be Used Outside?
To make these printable garden markers for outside use, I used Outdoor ModPodge to protect the paper. Outdoor Modpodge is formulated to cover paper and creates a waterproof finish!
Spray Painting Plastic Garden Markers
If you choose to spray paint your garden markers, be sure to use a spray paint that is formulated to adhere to plastic, otherwise the spray paint will start to peel off of the plastic markers.
Share Your Garden Markers
If you decide to make some garden markers with these free printable tags, I would love to see them! Tag me on Instagram at @tatertotsandjello and I will share them on my stories!!
15+ Summer Printables
Today I'm joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their summer printables! Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post...
Tropical & Palm Leaf Line Drawing Free Printable Series at The Happy Housie Watercolour Peonies in a Ginger Jar Printable at Craftberry Bush Watermelon Summer Print and Meal Planner Printable at JoAnna Anastasia
Three Free Peony Watercolour Printables at The Tattered Pew Ice Cream Sundae Bar Printables at Clean & Scentsible Watercolour Seascapes Free Printables at Finding Silver Pennies Summer Movie Night Printables at Life is a Party
Free Summer Prints at Taryn Whiteaker Designs Printable Garden Markers at Tatertots and Jello Must Have Flowers Always Free Summer Printable at She Gave it a Go DIY Spin Art Printable at My Sweet Savannah
Dreaming of Summer - Bougainvillea Printable at Zevy Joy Porch Rules Printable at Lolly Jane Earthy Artwork Free Printable Wall Art at Grace in My Space The Sun Will Rise Printable at Cassie Bustamante
Pin Printable Garden Markers to Find Later
Make a Raised Planter Box
It’s not too late to make a raised garden planter box. If you don’t have a backyard you can build one on your patio or your front yard like we did!
Have a Beautiful Day!
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What is a charcuterie board? Charcuterie boards (also known as snack boards) are usually filled with meats, cheeses, veggies, nuts, olives, dried fruits, crackers, etc., etc.! They are a big trend right now and can have a twist with a holiday theme, kids’ theme and more!
I’ve also seen them many charcuterie boards used as a “Sunday Snack Boards” where you have the family visit around these boards for family events, gospel study, etc.
Here’s the thing.
They can be as easy as throwing on a few items and calling it good. Don’t make it too hard, and don’t go too wacky using things that the guests or family members won’t eat.
Let me show you a few, fun examples to get us started! I think this one is kid-friendly (great for the picky-eater) and delicious for all ages!
Having a holiday party or event at work you’re in charge of? Create a holiday charcuterie board!
Another idea is to do a food theme board like this Smores version!
I hope by now your creative wheels are spinning for your next charcuterie board! Customize it with favorite foods, diet restrictions, family traditions, you name it!
Well, to make it even easier here is a list of 100 things you can put on a charcuterie board by category!
Fruits and Veggies
- snap peas
- cherry tomatoes
- crackers (Ritz, Wheat Thins, Triscuits, etc.)
- sunflower seeds
- fruit dip
- peanut butter
- veggie dip
- cream cheese
- balsamic vinegar
- cottage cheese
- cheddar cheese
- pepper jack cheese
- Swiss cheese
- Colby jack cheese
- mozerella sticks or slices
- roast beef
- beef jerky
- summer sausage
- boiled eggs
- chocolate chips
- fruit snacks
- Reese’s peanut butter cups
- jelly beans
- candy canes
- conversation hearts
- gummy bears
- Swedish fish
…or anything your heart desires!!
Remember they don’t have to be difficult to create.
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