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The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming, which means that so is company! It’s time to deck and stock the halls! As part of decking the halls I made the super cute DIY toilet paper roll Christmas tree pictured above, which I’ll show you how to make after I tell you how I stocked the halls.
The family and I headed to one of our all time favorite stores: Costco. We love this place for stocking up on essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and feminine hygiene products because we can get a bunch at a time for a great price and it saves us the hassle of having to shop for this stuff constantly. It made sense for us to go there as we get ready for visitors this holiday season because there are certain things that must be tended to.
Our first stop was the laundry aisle to get Tide Pods because fresh sheets and towels are a must for our guests and I need to get on that washing train ASAP. Also, our guests are staying for a few days and nights and if they need to wash their unmentionables it can be done without mention once I point out where we safely store the Tide Pods (out of our kids’ reach) in the laundry room and they can simply pop one into the washing machine and do a load with no measuring or second thoughts necessary.
Now, I think most people don’t think of feminine care items when they get ready for guests, but I do and that’s why I made sure to get a big ol’ box of Always maxi pads for myself and any of my guests who might need them. The reason I stock up on these during the holidays is that I once went to my mom’s house for Christmas and my tía Rose decided to show up. I was totally unprepared and my mom had nothing on hand and it was AWFUL, AWFUL, I tell you. Nope, I am not putting anyone through that EVER at my home if I can help it.
Well, now that we have those necessities out of the way, it’s time to get some decking of the halls done, don’t you think?
I’m a big fan of using empty toilet paper rolls to craft with because it’s not like we don’t go through toilet paper a lot. This year I thought I would try my hand at making a Christmas tree out of the toilet paper rolls and I love the results. Check out how I made it!
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DIY Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Tree
- A bunch of empty toilet paper rolls (you can also use the rolls from paper towels)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks to go with it
- Spray paint (totally optional, but I’m a nut for spray paint)
- A clean empty soup can (optional)
Now, you could go the easiest route possible and simply glue the uncut empty toilet paper rolls together in the shape of a Christmas tree like the one above and be done with it. My girls love this option, or you could follow the directions below for a different look.
Remove all remnants of paper from the rolls, flatten the rolls and cut into strips about 1” wide, but reserve one roll that you DON’T flatten or cut to make the “trunk” of the tree. I don’t bother measuring I just cut each roll in half and then each half in half so that I get four strips out of every roll.
Using your hot glue gun and creativity, glue the cut pieces of toilet paper rolls into the shape of a Christmas tree. There is no right or wrong way to do this. As long as it kinda sorta looks like a Christmas tree you are on the right track.
Once you are satisfied with the size of your tree, create a stump by gluing three pieces of strips on the bottom center of the tree that you will then slide your uncut, unflattened toilet paper roll over and hot glue in place (look at the picture above to see what I mean). My Christmas tree is only about 10” tall without the star on top or the trunk on the bottom because I wanted it to be able to stand on its own, but you could go much bigger and hang it on the wall instead.
You could stop here, but I went ahead and spray painted the whole thing gold. I also made a 5 point star out of the same toilet paper roll strips that I spray painted red and glued to the top of the tree once the spray paint on both the tree and star where dry. Then I stuck the whole thing inside of an empty soup can because I think it looks cute like that.
And there you have it! We are officially decked and stocked!
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