Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Toilet Paper Roll to Easter Treat Tutorial

Easter is just around the corner, but you've still got time to whip up some of these adorable treat boxes for classroom parties and baskets of course!  And they're so easy - even a rabbit can make them - ha!
Toilet paper rolls
Orange acrylic or tempera paint
Clear nail polish or Mod Podge spray gloss
Green tissue paper
I had actually seen these made up as candy corn treat boxes last year at Halloween, but never had time to make them in the Fall.  And then I got to thinking, why not use that same shape to make carrots and Easter Bunnies instead?
I never actually got farther than painting the roll white for the bunny, but you can figure it out from the instructions below and I think they would be adorable as well!  Simply start by painting your rolls with tempera or acrylic paint.  I had tempera paint on hand, so that's what I used.
I would have stopped here, but the paint I had dried very dull and I wanted them to be shiny.  You could certainly spend a little and get glossy finish paint or try spray paint, but I decided to try clear nail polish instead.  Again, it was what I had on hand and since I'm usually crafting while supervising homework and starting dinner, I'm frequently left to 'make do'.  Hey, it was smelly, but it worked!
However, if you're going to be making lots of these, I would go ahead and grab the Mod Podge glossy finish spray - much faster and less smelly!  Once it's dry, you're ready to glue down one end.  I had Elmer's on hand, so i held it together with a clip for a minute or two before moving on to the next one, but tape runner or hot glue would make quick work of this if you're making in bulk for baskets or classrooms.
Now you're ready to fill 'em up!
Then grab your green tissue paper and make your carrot tops!  I made mine two different ways and liked them both.  On some I cut several squares out and fringed the ends.  On others, I pinched the squares in the middle the same way you would to stuff a gift bag.
Now the trick to making the carrot shape is to seal the roll on top by pinching it closed in the opposite direction from the bottom.  This gives you the triangle shape you need for the carrots and reminds me of the little cream packets they used to have at restaurants when I was a kid too - yum!  Since I'm not planning on these being reusable, I simply inserted my tissue paper tops and stapled closed.  The tissue paper seems to hide the staples just fine and they're easy to open as well!
We'll be passing these out tomorrow at the class party!  Aren't they cute?!
Happy Easter Y'all!


  1. What a great re use project! Very cute and thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Simply Sweet Home :)

  2. These are so cute and would be a great project to make with my kids at school.

    I found your cute project at Serenity Now.

  3. What a clever way to reuse those! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Such a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime!!

  5. So cute! I totally had a "why didn't I think of that?" moment. Thank you for sharing it at Crafty Thursday Obsessions. We are going to feature it this week. Hope to see you again this coming Thursday

    <3 Stacey

  6. Now THAT's frugal and creative! Not to mention cute! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  7. Awww, how cute! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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