Free Tutorial: TP Roll Sunflower

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This little tutorial is a tribute to the lovely wild little sunflowers that pop up everywhere this time of year in the desert valley where I live.

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This is my stash of toilet paper rolls! Although this may indicate a hording problem, in my defense, the rest of these got donated to a local kindergarten classroom  for art projects. More reused materials means a better quality of life for all of us- including our loved ones with autism. 🙂

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1. Cut a straight slit in a toilet paper roll, ending about in the middle of the roll.

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2. Turn scissors perpendicular and cut the roll in half.

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3. Take opposite half and create evenly spaced slits that reach about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Six is a good number, but 7 or 8 also creates a great look. Repeat on other half of roll, making one less slit than the previous, to account for the one it already has.

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4. Fan out the segments just created.

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5. Trim ends of all segments so that they have a symmetrical point.

Tip: Trim a little off the end segment of roll that is cut through. Trim point to make symmetrical.

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6. Place the roll slit through inside the other roll, creating the flower.

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Wanting some color on mine, I had my Little Bear paint both parts for me. I knew that he would do better than I would, because I would make the paint all even- he made it splotchy and rustic and perfect! Love the results!

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Here’s some ideas of ways these fun little flowers can be used:

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They make a cute decorative fall garland!

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Use them to top off an upcycled soda bottle vase by creating a hole and adding a skewer.

Happy Sunflower Season!

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