Have you ever made a toilet paper mini album? As a paper crafter navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself constantly looking for ways to repurpose and upcycle materials for new projects. Realizing that toilet paper rolls were something that everyone who ever hoarded TP has access to, and that they were made of paper, an idea popped into my head! I’ll create a toilet paper mini album! In my craft room were the remnants of a paper collection from Ciao Bella called “The Muse“. I had used this beautiful paper on two other projects this month and had enough paper left for one more!
What You’ll Need
Making a toilet paper mini album is easy and fun! If you have four or more toilet paper rolls, an empty cereal box, some beautiful Ciao Bella patterned paper, scissors and some glue you can make it! There are numerous tutorials on YouTube that demonstrate how to make a toilet paper mini album so I won’t reinvent the wheel. But if you look at the photos in this blog post you will see how I created mine, by using recycled material and my leftover Ciao Bella “The Muse’ paper, thus finding a fun way to re-purpose and upcycle materials that would otherwise be thrown away!
Making your Mini Album
Start, by selecting your toilet paper rolls. Usually you need at least four and you can use up to eight or 10 in a mini album like this. Flatten each roll with your bone folder and then run your toilet paper roll back-and-forth through your die cutting machine. This makes them significantly flatter and they will look better in your album. Trim the rolls with your paper cutter to make sure they’re all uniform in length. Next, create the cover. A cereal box works great, but you can use any medium weight chipboard. Sizes of toilet paper rolls will vary so keep that in mind as you create your cover.
Embellish your Mini Album
Once you create your hinge and attach the paper-wrapped toilet paper rolls, you can begin to decorate your mini album! The Ciao Bella patterned paper works beautifully! Here are some photos of how I decorated my mini album.
The Icing on the Cake
Lastly you’ll want to create the tags. The Ciao Bella patterned paper “The Muse“ collection has the most beautiful floral images and you can create some gorgeous tags. Here are some that I created to slip inside the pockets of the toilet paper rolls.