Crafts using Recycled Materials
What you will make:
Here's a round trinket box that is quick and easy to make. It is made from
recycled paper towel and bath tissue cardboard tubes, and then covered with decorative paper or
craft ribbon and coordinating paper. It is made in the tradition of
the Yankee Band Box of the 19th century.
This project uses recycled materials and is great for family, classroom or
group craft time where adults or teens are paired with one or two children. It
requires no patterns and uses simple materials. The project requires no
advanced preparation other than the gathering of materials.
Here's what you need:
- Empty cardboard tubes
- Lightweight cardboard (cereal box)
- 1" to 1½" (3-4 cm) wide craft ribbon or strips of decorative paper
- Coordinating colored paper
- Pencil and ruler
- String or yarn
- Paintbrush (optional, for spreading glue)
This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
How to Make a Trinket Box from Recycled Tubes
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Cut Rings
This box is made of two cardboard rings—one for the lid and one
for the bottom. Find two empty cardboard tubes, bath tissue and/or paper
towel, that fit one inside of the other. It is best to start with two
tubes that differ in size by about 1/16" to 1/8" (2-3mm). If the
larger tube is too big, or you only have tubes of one size, that's
okay—adjustments can be made later.
Mark a line around the larger tube about ¾" (2 cm) from one end. It
will be easy to mark the line if you first tie a string around the tube
as a guide. Mark a line around the smaller tube about 1 1/8" (3 cm) from
the end. Cut on both marked lines. You should have two rings.
If the larger ring fits too loosely around the smaller one, snip a
small section out of the larger ring and tape it together again. Or, if
both rings were cut from the same tube, snip a small section out of the wider ring
and tape it together again.
Tip: You may find it easier to cut through the
tube before cutting out the rings. The rings can always be taped back together.
- Step 2: Trace Circles
Cut circles of cardboard to close one end of each ring. First,
carefully trace inside each ring onto a piece of cardboard. Now cut out
the circles, being careful to cut on the lines.
- Step 3: Cut and Glue
Cut a piece of craft ribbon or strip of decorative paper, about 1" (2 cm) wide,
that will go all the way around the larger ring. Cut a strip of paper in a coordinating color
that is 1½" (4cm) wide and can wrap completely around the smaller ring.
Glue the ribbon/decorative paper to the larger ring and the coordinating paper strip
to the smaller ring. Be sure to align one edge of the ribbon/strip with one edge of the ring.
There should be a small amount of ribbon/paper extending beyond the other edge.
- Step 4: Snip Tabs
Snip the ribbon/paper that extends beyond the ring's edge at ¼" (5 mm) intervals all around
each ring. Fold the resulting tabs inward at a 90° angle.
- Step 5: Put It Together
On both rings, apply glue to the inside of the tabs, and to a narrow band around the edge of the
matching cardboard circle cutout. Bend the tabs over and consistently overlap the left tab over the
right tab (or vice versa) around the ring. Turn the ring over with the tabs down, and insert the circle
cutout—glue side down. Press firmly around the circle's edge for a strong bond.
- Step 6: Finish
For a finished look, cut out circles of paper to cover the top and bottom of the box. Glue in place.
You can add decorations, like a motif cut from ribbon or decorative paper, to the lid.
You can use your finished box to store jewelry, buttons, candies, paper clips, etc.—anything
small. Make a trinket box for a friend and see how delighted they are!
That's it! What will you put
inside your box?
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