i think my favorite part of gift giving is making pretty little packages.
i have been brainstorming a couple fun ideas using recycled materials
...and here is one of my faves...
it's a yule log made from a TP tube and a couple of egg carton cups.
so cute to stuff with tiny gifts!
what you need:
tools: scissors, paint brush, pen
materials: news print or tissue paper, egg carton,
toilet paper tube, white glue, acrylic paint
(i forgot to include the egg cups in this photo, but you get the idea)
4 simple steps:
glue newsprint to TP roll: i used blank newsprint (like the kind they wrap breakables in) but you could also use regular newsprint or tissue paper
cut paper large enough to wrap around the roll with a little bit overlapping and enough allowance to fold over the ends. you can crinkle it up for added texture before you glue it. (of course this was an afterthought so mine turned out pretty smooth)
slather on the white glue using your paint brush and attach the paper.
this adds extra stability to the tube and creates great texture for your log.
trim off excess paper for a perfect seam
apply glue to the inside end of the TP roll and wrap paper around the edge.
here is what they look like when they're done
trim 2 eggs cups from your carton with a pair of scissors.
(you'll be surprised how easy it is to cut a smooth circle. make sure to trim it so it fits snuggly in the end of your TP roll)
set aside and let everything dry
(this image shows the egg cups inside the TP roll because i attached mine before painting, but you can also attach them at the end)
select colors that will have a nice contrast for wood grain details and apply a base coat of paint to your TP roll and egg cups and let dry.
a tip for easy grain is to start with quirky shaped knots and draw squiggly-ish lines along the length of the tube filling in any spaces with shorter lines.
then paint growth rings on the inside of your egg cups.
apply glue around the outside rim of one of your egg cups
and secure in the end of the TP roll.
be sure to leave the other end open so you can fill it with goodies.
(i glued in both ends at the beginning, but if you want to fill it with something you will need to leave one end open)
decorate your log with a stand of satin ribbon and wire stemmed mushrooms.
and whatever else you can dream up.
stuff with tiny treasures
secure your other egg cup in the open end to finish it off.
...i think they are also FABULOUS tied together in groups of 3...
look here to learn how to make the shimmering glitter bells :)