Thursday, October 4, 2012

Faux Wrought Iron Toilet Paper Roll Art

A couple years back I came across this post on making wrought iron like wall art out of the cardboard tubes inside toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I took a screenshot, and was glad I did because she soon had to take the tutorial down as she was picked up by Crafts 'N Things magazine, and they didn't want the tutorial on her blog until after their article about it. I did my wall art based on looking at her picture, but now it would be even easier as she's posted free patterns!! If you'd like to try this project I'd recommend starting with at least one of her patterns to get the hang of it. :) Looking at a picture and guessing how she did it wasn't that easy. :) 

What you'll need. 

- Lots of cardboard tubes from both toilet paper and paper towel rolls. For pictures of how to cut them, check out the link I posted above. The paper towel rolls need to be cut into strips lengthwise, and the toilet paper rolls need to be cut open lengthwise, and then cut into strips widthwise to keep the curl of the tube. 

- Square wooden dowels. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for around $0.80 each. I bought 1/4" dowels, so I cut my cardboard strips 1/4" wide.

- Tacky Glue

- Spray paint. I used a black, hammered metal finish paint, and then a few sprays of a silver, glittery metallic for an accent. 

I got my husband to cut my dowels into 10" lengths, then used tacky glue to glue them into square frames. 

Use the long, paper towel roll strips for the longer, framing pieces in your design. 

Use the smaller, curly pieces from the toilet paper tubes for the curled parts of your design. Just roll them up into whatever shape you want, and then use the tacky glue to glue them into place. Get creative! Whether you're using a pattern or just coming up with a design on your own, there's always room to experiment with new ideas. :) 

One corner done! :)

I like to start from the corners and work my way in. 

Corners finished! Now for the middle...

It helps to divide each area into smaller sections, and just do one section at a time. 


Now for the paint...

And done! On to number two. :)

Again, use the paper towel rolls for the longer pieces.

Just roll and curl those little pieces till they look just the way you want, then glue them down!

Done with three of my four smaller sections. 

Almost there...

And done!

I really think this one is my favorite. :)


And done!

I'd like to do two more in the future so I can have a set of four, but for now I'm happy with my two. 

Who would have thought that toilet paper rolls could make such beautiful art??!! 


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you!! You know I really value your artistic opinion. :)

  2. Hey, it's Bonnie from the Homemaker's Anonymous group on Facebook... oops, I guess not so anonymous anymore! Haha!

    Just had to say that this is AWESOME. :)


  3. Wow. These are really awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Soo cool! I saw it on Pinterest and it's neat to see it actually done by someone I know!

    I truly enjoy your DIY blog and hope to share more ideas with you in the future. I'm decorating my antique Holliday rambler travel trailer, and this is ideal. Thank you
    ~Angie M. May

  6. I just wanted to let you know that I'll be starting on collaboration for this project as of tonight!

  7. Great job!! I really enjoy seeing my projects inspire!


    1. Thank you! I'm honored you stopped by. :)

  8. These are AMAZING!

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  10. Hi just wondering if you have a pattern you could share?

    1. Suzy at Suzy's Sitcom (where I got the idea for this project) has free downloadable patterns here:

  11. These would make beautiful gifts put over mirrors that size, 3 or 4 to a group.

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  13. I couldn't find your blog where it explained how to cut the paper towel and toilet paper cardboard pieces.

  14. Hi there! I would love to do something like this on my arched windows. Do you think they will hold up? I see that you place them on the wall, so, that would keep the shape. If I place them in a window there is nothing supporting the back of it. What are your thoughts?

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  17. Bellisimos. quedo admirada de su creatividad

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