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Last week I decided to tackle the task of decluttering the overflowing bookshelf in the living room. In the process, I found a few long out-of-date school textbooks (the glamorous reality of living with a high school teacher) that weren’t really worth donating to charity. Rather than toss them, I thought I’d keep them and make a few things from the pages.
Anyway, the first thing I decided to make was this rolled paper jar.
It’s nothing super flashy or anything, but it was a fun way to use some of the book pages and, I dunno, I think it’s kind of cute.
Below I’ve explained how I made the jar, in case you’d like to make one too.
To make this rolled book page jar, you will need:
- An old book.
- A jar. I reused the jars from my 15 minute DIY Christmas jars.
- Jute twine.
- Double-sided tape. I experimented with using single-sided tape and glue. Regular tape will work in a pinch, but the end result won’t be as neat.
- A pen or marker (for rolling the paper).
- Lace ribbon. Scraps will do – I used an off-cut I had leftover from wrapping Christmas presents.
To begin, rip a page out of your book. Add three small pieces of double-sided tape, as below:
Grab your pen/marker/thing you can roll something around. Place it at the bottom edge of the paper.
Slowly roll the paper up around the marker.
Once you reach the double-sided tape at the top, remove the backing paper from the tape. Roll the paper over the tape. Press lightly to stick the paper roll to the double-sided tape.
Grab a piece of jute twine. Loop it around your paper twice, then tie it off using a standard knot.
After you’ve figured out the first roll, repeat until you have enough rolls to fill your jar. I found that after the first roll was done, the rest were pretty quick to do. I set up a little ‘production line’ which looked like this: I laid out all of my pages, pre-cut the jute twine, added the pieces of tape to all of them, then rolled them up one-by-one. Using this approach, it took me about 15 minutes to make enough paper rolls for my very large jar.
Once your paper rolls are complete, pop them in your jar and put the lid on.
Grab your lace ribbon and wrap it around the top of the jar. Use double-sided tape to stick the lace to the jar. You can also use a hot-glue gun for this step, but I wasn’t about to go to the effort of getting up off the couch when I had double-sided tape right next to me.
Finally, cut a long piece of jute twine. Wrap it around your jar several times, finishing with a small bow.
And that’s it!