Sunday, January 16, 2011

DIY: Module Art - Cardboard Tubes

Hi barelymeasured readers! I'm Michele from Stories at my fingertips. I'm a simple and laid back lady from Birmingham, AL. On my blog, I write about the daily musings of my life and in between I post about a lot of things that inspire me as well. There's not much to me because I really just love the simplicity in life, but if you would like to know more, feel free to head on over to my blog for a look-see. I love meeting new people, especially new blogger friends - so don't be shy to say HELLO!

The very sweet Heather asked me to guest post a DIY tutorial and I have an incredibly fabulous AND cheap one all laid out here for you! This is one of my absolute favorite DIY projects. It is so easy, fun, you can be as creative as you want with it, and did I mention cheap? This would probably also be a great activity for kids to do as well. I hope you enjoy!

The materials that you'll need:
  1. Cardboard tubes. [I used empty toilet paper rolls. They're so simple to collect because you'll always have them around the house.]
  2. Any color spray paint. [I used silver metallic for a chic and modern feel.]
  3. A hot glue gun or regular glue.
  4. Scissors.
Ok, let's get started!

First, flatten the cardboard tubes like shown above.

Next, cut the cardboard tubes into 3 inches wide or to your preference.

Keep cutting, cutting, cutting until you reach your heart's desire.
*Remember to try to keep all of the widths for each piece the same size so that they're all even.

Next, glue the inner edges of the cardboard tube to stick with another one.

Here is an example of where to attach the cardboard tubes.

To start off the module, I glued 5 cardboard tube pieces together, resembling a star/flower/etc like shown below.

You should glue several of these stars/flowers/etc, but make sure to keep a couple of loose pieces[or however many single pieces you prefer] to connect the whole module together.

Once you have glued your module and designed it to your wishes, you should leave it to dry. I would give it about 10-15 minutes for regular glue and for hot glue only 5 minutes or even less.

Once the glue is dry, spray paint your module outdoors and allow for it to dry.

While spray can choose to do this or not, but I spray painted the insides of my module for more coverage and color.

It looks sort of metal, doesn't it?

Ok, I should have added this item to the material list...but we all know that the module will be hung! I choose clear thumbtacks because they'll blend into what ever wall color you have. 

This is an example of how I hung my module on the thumbtack.

A view from the side of the finished product.

TA DA!!!
Your cheap, simple, and creative module art/wall decor/fun DIY project!

I hope you all find this interesting and enjoyable. Heather will be having more guest posts, so stay tuned for more and have a wonderful weekend!


  1. This is awesome! Who would have thought!

  2. Fabulous project Michele! Thank you SO much for posting! I'll mail your barely measured goodie bag this week!

  3. Just found you via IRockSoWhat & I love this project! You've put the fire back under me to do this -I started collecting tp rolls awhile ago :)

  4. oops, I forgot to add that I love the paint + glitter part. It seems so magical and wintery :)

  5. Awesome Grace! You should share a pic of your finished piece!!


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