Napkin rings with cardboard and extra paper

How does one imagine turning this…
paper tube
…into these?
napkin rings with cardboard and paper

At mayamade, nothing is impossible, as I am completely surprised each time I visit a new DIY project that has a beginning in turning something as innocuous as a toilet paper tube into a thing of beauty, AND, use. The idea is from there, where Maya uses the insides of security envelopes to such lovely effect. I have used colourful paper which looks good anyway, but I do want to look further and use even innocuous paper like she does, perhaps when the next set of bills come along :).

It is so simple. Just use a sharp enough serrated knife or mini saw to cut toilet paper tubes, kitchen tissue tubes. Trim the raw edges with sharp scissors. Cut colourful paper into exactly the same width as the cardboard and glue on. Use gently and these rings will last a while.

Thin strips of Chumbak gift wrap, left over after wrapping birthday gifts.

The borders of a thambulam (the coconut and betel leaf) giveaway cover from a wedding.

4 rings

Make them a little more interesting by gluing on a plain colour and over that, a colourful strip.
blue rings
So remember not to throw away those dull brown tubes. Slightly larger tubes from cellophane tape or masking tape and such can be converted into curtain rings too. The possibilities are quite endless!

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How and when? Cardboard box shelving

Suman Anand has moved to the US, for a while. For people who move residences for short periods of time, knowing they’re not going to be stationed in a home forever has a big impact on their homes.

Questions that pop up are how much of everything do I buy? Furniture? Shelving for all of the stuff that a home gets filled up with, especially with a kid?

Suman has decided to go minimalist, and figured that daily grist is great for the recycling mill.

We pick up groceries in these large cardboard boxes, and they’re really thick. So I decided to use them in closets, instead of folding and stashing or throwing away. I changed the way we stacked the boxes. Now it is a fully functional shelf. I use the lids at the bottom to get enough room for the grocery packets.

cardboard box shelves

And then with the leftover boxes and pieces I made a nice BIG shoe rack for us!

cardboard box storage

Thanks for sharing, Suman. It’s not all in the talk, it’s in the practice!