Now, I’m sure you’ve all seen this or heard of them out in blog-land. Last year at some point I decided I wanted to give this a go, and started saving all the paper towel/toilet paper holders I could get my hands on, and in hindsight, I’d suggest only saving the paper towel ones, as they are thicker, therefore a bit more on the sturdy side.
This was a super easy project, but I won’t lie…very time consuming. But I like the look if gave us in the end, so I’m happy!
What you’ll need:
A BUNCH of paper towel cardboard holder thingies…
Glue, I used wood glue
4 pieces of Poplar wood – I used 1/2 x 2 x 4
Patience and time…lots of it
What you’ll do:
~Flatten the cardboard rounds down, I put my in between heavy books, I wanted to have those creases nice and crisp
~If you have a paper slicer, use it, and cut all the cardboard rounds to the size you want, some of mine came out bigger than others, but I like the variation it gave. I probably have anywhere from 1/2″ to 3/4″
~Glue two end together, if you have tiny clams, use them, or do like I did, and hold….go buy some of those clamps, well worth the money! Repeat..
~Take those two pieces together, and glue to the other piece, so now you’ll have a bit of a “four-petal flower” look…let drum…
See how once glued they get that “flower” look….Ok, good….I swear I had more pictures, in-between the new computer switch over, it looks like I lost photos…bummer
~Lather, rise, repeat…OK don’t lather or rinse, just repeat…over and over and over….
~I made enough to have 2 pieces and 6×6 each so 36 each…so 72 total….wheeew…
~Once all your “flowers” are made, glue them together in rows, as I said I did 6 in each row. Repeat this step again, and then a few more times after that.
~Once all rows are dry, glue those together, once this is complete, let it dry, COMPLETELY. (And since we were about to move at this point, mine got about 5 months worth of drying time – I started this the end of JANUARY…yes, I know, I am a procrastinator)
~Since mine were 6×6’s they were about 20″ x 20″…cut your boards, you’ll need 4 x 20″ and 4 x 21″ (gotta account for the 1/2″ thinkness that you’ll need).
~Glue one side of the cardboard piece to the wood, spanning the whole 20″ length, let dry, and glue the other 20″ piece on the opposite side.
*If you have a brad nailer, use it, you won’t need long nails for this either. *
~Nail the 21″ long pieces into the 20″ piece on both ends, and then repeat.
~Now carefully place some glue down to hold the cardboard to those 21″ length pieces.
~Once again, let dry completely
~Use some wood filler to fill the holes from the nails, I also used it to fill in the rough end from where I cut the wood.
~Once that dry’s sand down to a sooth finnish.
~Take outside and give it a light coat of spray paint. I used Rust-oleums Hammered in Black. Make sure to get the coat at all angles. Let dry…
~Flip over and coat the back side. Once it’s completely covered well, let it dry overnight.
~Hang the up and admire your DIY skills.