Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Cord Keeper

Ditch the annoying twisty-tie and control your extension cords with this EASY do-it-yourself project!

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Here’s what you will need:
'- One cardboard insert from a roll of toilet paper.
'- One 7x7” square of self-adhesive shelf paper. (aka Con-Tact paper)
'- Scissors
Optional:
'- Decorative ribbon or other embellishments.
'- Glue

Directions:
Peel the release paper from the contact paper to reveal the adhesive side.

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Lay your cardboard tube squarely on one side of the sticky side of the contact paper. Continue to wrap the adhesive paper over the cardboard tube, making certain to smooth out any air bubbles as you go, until two sides overlap.

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Using the scissors, make several cuts from the edge of the excess shelf paper to the edge of the cardboard. Neatly tuck in each piece of fringe, adhering it to the inside of the cardboard tube. Repeat on both ends.

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Options:
I’ve added decorative ribbon with fabric glue, but you can imagine endless possibilities using a number of embellishments. I’ve used plain hunter green contact paper because that is what I used to line my cabinets and drawers in the kitchen, but contact paper comes in lots of pretty prints as well. The brand I used was Rubbermaid.
Use:
Wind up your extension cord into loops that are longer than your keeper. Ease one end of the bundle into the cardboard cord keeper. Release, and the cord loops are held in by tension.

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This would be a very simple project to entertain school-aged children.
Caution:
This cord keeper is intended for stored cords only. Bundling live electrical cords together can be a fire danger.

3 comments:

ClaycrazyPottery said...

That is a clever idea using the tissue rolls. We used to take them and fill them with dried leaves in the fall. Wrap them in colorful wrapping paper and twist the ends. Fill a basket and set them near the fire place. They make great fire starters and look very festive.
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lavenderdreams4ever said...

That's such a great idea!

Meowzers20 said...

These can also be used to keep paper posters rolled up nicely without using rubber bands to bend or dig into them. My husband has so many they don't fit in the bedroom and he keeps finding more he likes, but that's okay cause there's always a toilet paper roll waiting. Transporting them from place to place is easy too. Just tightly roll them up, slide on a tube, and they will unravel and adjust on their own and they stay there. Then keep them in a place that smush free and there you go. Simple, easy solution thats free of snapping rubber bands and ripped into, bent, crinkled posters.