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DIY pencil holder


Today, I finally finished a little DIY I had pending and waiting in my closet for a week now. It is nothing new to me for it is something I have been doing forever since my sister taught me. In the house, we’ve always been about reusing stuff, creative recycling and just plain don’t-throw-too-much-away-we-don’t-have-money-to-buy-loads-of-stuff-so-build-your-dreams-yourself!

When I was younger, my beautiful sister introduced me to toilet rolls recycling. And as it turns out, when you just stop for a minute before you throw something in the bin, you realize there’s so much more adventure ahead of it. Also, I’m not gonna lie, my sister and I are basically hoarders and we just have that tendency to just keep things, “in case”. But anyways, not the story I’m telling today!IMG_20171111_124742.jpg

So, what I made is a pencil holder. Something that can always come in handy AND also make your desk look more organized and stylish (given these are things you aspire for). Now, they sure do sell really cool stuff out there. Simple, straight-to-the-point ones and crazier ones. Colorful, weird shapes, only one simple cup or dozen of compartments to fit a thousand pens. But, when you’re looking to save money you don’t even have, toilet paper rolls will do just fine. And you only need seven and a little bit of time!

 

What I love the most about this is that it’s really easy to make and once you’ve gather enough rolls, it’s ready in a matter of minutes! And you can customize it any way you want!!!

I went for an “unfinished” type of look. I really didn’t need it to be perfect or anything so I tried to make it look cool without doing too much either. AND I’d like to point out that I did put some orange on there even though I hate the color. I wanted to go for a colorwheel feel but put another color instead of or**ge and then I decided why the fuck?  Why should orange have less opportunities to shine than any other color just cos i don’t like it? Why should i treat colors different than people? And I just put it on! Well, quite a story we have there… haha

How to? Here are the easy steps to follow:

  • Gather enough toilet paper rolls. Seven will do but you can get more if you want a bigger pencil holder! I used six and a long one from a kitchen roll for the middle.IMG_20171111_120431.jpg
  • Get a piece of paper or cardboard and dispose your rolls on it however you want them to go. I usually do a flower shape like on the picture, with the longest one in the middle. Then trace it around them and cut the paper into the right shape.
  • Then, you just stick it onto the paper/cardboard so you have a more solid base and also, so the pencils won’t fall off if you move it around. Honestly, if you’re just going to leave it on your desk, you might not even need to do that, just glue/tape the rolls together and the trick is done! 😉
  • Then you just paint it or you don’t. You can do whatever you want to make it look good to you and blend into your desk paysage. And there you have it, a brand new pencil holder exactly how you need it!

That’s how I’ve been making them since forever. But you can get more creative with it if you feel like it. There’s tons of different ways you can revisit it and make it your own. We all don’t have the same pencil needs. Ha ha IMG_20171111_120436.jpg

I, for example, added a little(very very small, man; I didn’t think it through) compartment in the front for paper clips and whatnots. Right now I only put googly eyes in it but ya know.

I like having a tall one in the middle so I can put different things in there like rulers or plastic flowers! It turns out it was the perfect size for my long paintbrushes so they can now finally enjoy the fresh air out of their case. Besides, I think it makes it look even cooler to have brushes in there; it screams “I’M An ARtIsTT So?” 😛

Color-coding isn’t exactly my thing but I guess it can be a good idea to organize your compartments. Also, if you really have loads of time on your hands, you can add a little top on one or many of them to put stuff other than pens in there. You can also tie a string in there and hang it somewhere. And you can also cut the rolls in half and and make smaller compartments for other stuff.

Endless possibilities… I got your attention focused on the toilet rolls, now you go and be creative about it and fill your house (don’t, please) with useful toilet diy!

I do realize this post would’ve been much more interesting to look at had I  thought about taking more “step by step” pictures. But I just had no intention of posting about that. Only this morning I figured I should post about it now that it’s finished, because, considering the reaction of my Irish family, this is not exactly what comes into mind when you see the end of your toilet paper roll. Sharing is caring! Save the rolls!

My room is still pretty messy but, excuse me, I’m still trying to figure out how to work on everything I care about all the while doing my job and being the best version of me that I can be each day(even when sick/exhausted/out of it) for the kids and also socialize and go out and explore. It’s really hard. HOW! But yeah, at least I have a cool pencil holder now and my small cupboard is not so messy anymore (unless you look inside… hehe)

Until next post, may your pencils never be homeless again! ❤

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Tiny plaster mouldings


My mom sent me this silicone mold a few months ago:

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And yesterday I finally bought something to use it with. I had never used plaster before but it went pretty well, I didn’t make a mess. I just made a little too much and let it dry in my tiny box and then took five minutes to get it out. Other than that it went okay.

After a little less than one hour, I got to the fun part. Painting them with all the new acrylic paints I bought that same day(it was 50% off!).

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This is the part where I fucked up a bit. My hands kept shaking and after a little while the sky got darker and I couldn’t see well. But oh well.

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I know the pictures aren’t great but I just needed a proof that I did something creative yesterday! Ha ha I gave the little bird to my roommate because it looked like a chocolate candy!

They’re not perfect. But it was fun! Can’t wait to make more!!