Friday, December 19, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Day Eleven

Happy Friday Everyone!

It's finally Friday!  Woot!  It's a dark and rainy day here and I've been awake too many hours already.  Some days it just goes that way, but talking about and participating in crafting will brighten things up!

Today's project is another quick and easy one with a recycling twist to it.  We're making a little treat/gift tube from toilet paper tubes.  These are great to tuck in a little candy, a small gift item, or just simply for decoration.  I think these would be super cute as a party favor or at each place setting for a special dinner with some nice after dinner mints in them.

I got this idea from Connie Stewart's You Tube channel.  Be sure to visit her, as she has a ton of great videos.

Here's what we're making:

I spritzed this one with gold shimmer spray, but I just could not get it to show up in the pictures.  It's so darned pretty in person!

As I mentioned in my video (below), I have generated quite a bit of scraps during this Twelve Days series.  In designing my projects as I go, I've tried to use up as much of those scraps in each project as I can.  This is another very economical project that you could mass produce for very little money.

All you need for this project is a toilet paper tube, a 6" x 6" piece of patterned paper or card stock, some ribbon or twine, and whatever embellishments you chose to decorate the tube with.  To start, simply flatten one end of your tube and staple it shut.

To get the antique scrunchy look with the paper and make it easy to wrap around your tube, spray it lightly with water.  Then crumple it up as much or as little as you want.  Before flattening it back out, I used my Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Ranger ink blending tool and inked all of the raised up wrinkles.

I then carefully flattened out my piece of paper and covered the back with my handy dandy Elmer's glue stick.  Just line up your tube on the center edge of your paper and wrap it around.  I'm normally not a big fan of using a glue stick, but sometimes it's just the right thing to use and gives you a bit of open time to move things around if needed.  I've also used this Thermoweb Super Stik glue stick in the past and have been quite pleased with it.

With the excess paper at the top of the tube, we're going to tuck that into the tube so the raw cardboard is covered and presents a little more of a finished look.

To make the bottom edge of the tube look neater and more finished, I added some pretty stitched satin ribbon to the bottom.  I adhered it with red liner tape to be sure it would stay put!  You could also add a punched card stock strip here, washi tape, or pearl or flower trim.  Make it your own!

For the ribbon hanger, I used my Crop-a-dile and punched 1/8" holes on either side of the opening.  Then I threaded through about 12" of the same ribbon I used along the bottom edge and knotted each end so it wouldn't pull through.  Then you simply need to have some fun and decorate your tube!

Here's my video on this project.  Enjoy!

Thanks for looking at my blog. I appreciate all the wonderful comments everyone leaves. Happy Crafting!

1 comment:

  1. Cute project Sheri. I have SO MANY paper tubes lol. I could see putting a treat or gift inside and hanging it on a neighbors door to say Happy Holidays :)