Recycled Carpeting Tube "Pillar"

Here's a great use for that sturdy cardboard tube in which new carpeting is rolled. Go to your nearest carpeting store and ask for one - they usually have plenty. Get one that is a bit longer than the floor to ceiling measurement in your child's bedroom (or playroom). Then cut it just a tiny bit longer than that, so that it will fit snugly when wedged between floor and ceiling when you stand it up. You now have an instant "pillar".

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Now take it back down and paint and decorate any way you choose to match your rooms decor. Twining vines (ala Jack and the Beanstalk, palm tree trunk w/added branches?). Now screw in cup hooks, any size you want, and you have a quick way to hang and store all those stuffed animals and toys that seem to be everywhere they shouldn't. You may have to sew a little loop on some softies in order to hang them, but this is such a neat look in any child's room.

Just be sure that it fits very snugly, you may have to get a strong person to help get it into place, though I was able to do it by myself (normal-sized middle-aged woman:). And I've found that it works best in a room with a carpeted floor, for extra snug fit.

Have fun with all the possibilities of this "up-cycled project". I've even heard of doing a faux marble paint job and using it in grown-up rooms. Nothing better than something great for nothing!

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By ~gloria from western NY

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December 10, 20130 found this helpful

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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