April 9, 2010
I had this gift decoration in mind for some time, inspired by Patricia Zapata's recycling projects. The fact that I was in possession of a new toilet paper rod was the chance I'd been waiting for.
ubiquitous mystery object") and some strong glue (I used Aleen's Original Tacky Glue). Flatten the tube, then cut it at 1/2" intervals to make leaf-shaped rings.
If you can, make the edges along one side of your structure flush with one another. Build, leaf by leaf, until you are pleased with the design.
* Backstory: We live in graduate student housing, a nice little apartment complex near my husband's campus. A few months ago, a painter came to do some work in G.'s bathroom. In the process of repainting, he removed the toilet paper holder and forgot to put it back.
You know those little things you mean to take care of right away, but you don't, and it becomes a bigger hassle the longer you wait? If G. had acted soon enough, it would have been simple to get in touch with the painter. But he didn't. And when we finally got around to looking for a replacement, we found we'd have to buy a whole toilet paper holding kit, when we really only needed that little rod.
I finally contacted the school's excellent Maintenance Department and said, "Hi, we're willing to buy a replacement, but if you have a spare toilet paper holder handy, we would really appreciate it." The next day the holder was delivered to our door. (We're kind of spoiled that way.)
And that's why I gave G. a toilet paper rod. Whimsical, aren't we?