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Friends and family can attest to the fact that I hate throwing things away that could have some future use. Oh, you don’t want that ribbon from your birthday present? I’ll just stick that in the craft drawer. While this mentality has the potential danger of ending in a hoarding mess, it also has the potential to recreate materials, liberating them from their original purpose and the dismal fate of a landfill. As long as you follow through with your crafting projects, and remember the resources that you have saved, rest assured that you would not be buried alive in an avalanche of spare ribbons and cardboard. It is also important to remember what crafts you have the time to take on. Crafting should be fun, not work (unless you have an Etsy profile <3).

Needing a cold, hibernation day activity, I logged on to craftgawker.com, a user-submitted photo gallery of handmade crafts. After some scrolling, I found a tutorial to make this awesome art made out of no other than toilet paper rolls. Seeing the potential of decorating on a budget, I tried it out and loved the result. Scroll down and take a look.

You can make your own with these easy steps.

1. Collect toilet paper and paper towel rolls from friends and your own household. How big you want the piece to be will determine how many cardboard rolls you need to collect. In order to track my waste usage, I want my piece to grow as I use more rolls, so I started with about ten and will go from there.

2. Smoosh down the toilet paper rolls and cut the cardboard into 1-inch strips. Again you can use your preference here with how deep you would like the segments.

3. Start gluing the pieces together and let the creation find you.

4. Color options. If you do not like the color of the cardboard, you can spray paint the piece to a color of your liking. Personally, I chose to leave the cardboard as I think it will turn into a conversation piece when guests get a closer look at the art and realize the material’s past life.

5. Hang and enjoy.

Some extra tips:

It creates a really awesome shadow, if you leave a little room between it and the wall. Perhaps you can use a string to hang it from the ceiling.

This project can be used as seasonal decoration. Paint the cardboard to match the season!

The twigster,


PS: I’d love to hear what you think about this DIY project and I am happy to answer any questions while you craft. 

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While in college, I was always thinking of crafting projects, which evolved into the establishment of the accessories line, Glitter and Glue. After a few Saints-themed hair accessories were created and worn with pride, G&G sadly tapered off. A new chapter of my life, however, has led to the establishment of yet another crafting brand! Allow me to introduce you to the new farmers market exclusive line, Oysters and Okra, O&O.

The other day at the farm, we ripped out some BIG okra plants. They had been planted a while back, so their production level and quality had diminished, and it was time to see them go. While the destruction transpired, I became fascinated with the roots of the plant. The roots are super long, malleable when wet and incredibly strong, almost rope-like. Pulling the leftover roots remaining in the bed, I started bunching them as I ripped them from the soil. Organically, the idea to make wreaths from these roots emerged among the farm crew, and just in time.

The farm has experienced a bit of theft the past two weeks, leaving us less and less to bring to the farmer’s market to make some money. The wreaths are an answer, a temporary answer at that, to the lack of produce to sell at the farmers market – an additional money-making endeavor. Over the past two days, we made about ten wreaths, all embellished with objects found directly within the local environment. Big, iridescent oyster shells stick out from the soil in our Lower Ninth Ward farm, making them an easy choice to jazz up our humble wreaths. Basil thyme grown on the farm is also woven through the okra roots, emitting its sweet scent.

Until we begin the nightly vigils at the farm to prevent thieves from slicing away our lettuce, it looks like we might need to get a bit creative. We’ll see how these wreaths sell at the market, Oysters’ and Okra’s big debut. If nothing else this volunteer house will sure feel homey with ten wreaths hanging on the walls.

The twigster,


Hoop house we made today to grow some tomatoes

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