Friday, February 24, 2012

Empty Paper towel roll = yarn covered bracelet

So I got to the end of the roll of paper towels and wondered how I could transform 
this sad tube of cardboard into something spectacular.  

And that's just what I got.  I couldn't believe how beautiful 
and polished this cuff looked when finished.  

Make your own cuff to match your style with this tutorial...

Materials: Yarn, leather hole puncher, scissors, embroidery needle and an empty paper towel roll.

Fold the tube in half the same as for the upcycled hearts.

Bend the tube around and overlap the ends.  Now measure it on your wrist for the right fit (make sure it fits over your hand to get it on and off, but not too big either)

Once you measured the right size, trim one end or overlap it more until it's the size you want.
Punch a hole where the two ends overlap.

Punch an additional hole next to the first one.

Cut a long piece of thread (4-6 ft) and thread it through the needle.
Insert the needle from the inside of the tube through the hole.

Insert the needle down through the other hole so that you end up inside the tube again.

Now tie a not with the two ends.
Trim the short end to about 1/2 inch.

Now bunch up the long end of yarn and begin wrapping it around the tube.
Make sure to cover up the 1/2 inch tail as you go. 

Also be careful to cover the overlap of the tube well to hide it.
It will look a little bulky here but that's ok.
You can choose to wrap with more than one layer if you like
for a chunkier look.

I wrapped with one layer, then when I changed yarn I overlapped the two.
To change yarn, cut a long piece of a different color yarn
and either tie a knot of carefully overlap to secure the tail in place.
Mine has stripes because I kept a long tail of the first color when starting
the second color and wrapped with two strands side by side for 10-20 wraps.

And the end, thread the remaining tail through several
strands and then back through the same strands, 
skipping the last strand you went through.
So in this case the last one my needle went through was the brown one
shown above so when I went  back I inserted the needle into
the silver strand above it.

Mine turned out a little big but still beautiful.


  1. I just love stuff like this when you can make something really cute and useful out of something you would throw away!

  2. Me too!!! I find myself not wanting to throw away anything anymore. If you make your own send me a pic, I'd love to see what you do with it!

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  4. Totally loved this idea. Read this post last night and immediately made my own. I've put a blog post on my own site but included an accreditation to yours with a link, hope that's OK!

    1. ofcourse! I'm excited to see what you've done with it!

  5. I have been reading a lot on here and have picked up some great ideas. You are so inspirational. Wished I would take the time to write my own blog – but I’m afraid I’m not persistent and nobody would read it anyway ) – so I keep coming back and enjoy your stories
    paper tubes

  6. I love this idea and will be giving it a go!

  7. love this! want to try it so bad!

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