DIY – Iron Art

I saw this photo on

I saw a million and one tutorials on toilet paper roll art on Pinterest.

I had a bare section of wall that I needed to fill.

want + need + ability to copy = TP ironwork!

I cut paper towel rolls down to 1″ pieces.
Folded each piece flat and then glued 4 pieces together like an ‘X’.
Make a bunch of ‘X’s’, then glue them altogether.

Spray paint in oil-rubbed bronze finish and voila!

I may have to add another row or two for proper scale – but for now I’m really pleased.

$6.95 for the paint, $1.29 for the hot glue.

Not a bad deal eh?

I’ve seen some comments online that say “it’s gross to use TP rolls” – I’d just like to point out that the roll itself doesn’t get dirty during use.
In fact, the paper doesn’t get dirty until after it’s off the roll and well on it’s way to completing it’s job.  (pun totally intended).
  I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes 5 years in a row.
Have a great one!

2015-02-21T18:37:25-05:00October 14th, 2013|CRAFTS, DIY|4 Comments


  1. Carlyn Holmes October 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    You did a great job, looks fantastic. I guess I know what I’ll be making with all of the toilet paper /paper towel rolls I’ve been saving. Did you use scissors and how did you attach it to your wall? Thanks!

    • Shelly October 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Yes, just plain old scissors. Your hand will get tired after awhile, so it’s probably a project that will take a couple/few sessions.
      To hang, I just put a few finishing nails in a row and the hung the piece by the loops. You’ll need a couple of nails in the middle or the centre section will droop.
      Good luck! Send photos of the finished product!

  2. Julie vanKessel December 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I need more time!!!

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