One of the perils of being a crafty person is that people are forever giving me random pieces of cardboard and packaging that they think I can use. It mostly just fills up my recycling bin (a person doesn’t need more than five shoeboxes at a pinch), but sometimes it comes in really handy.
I got these five cardboard tubes from one of my husband’s birthday presents. My brother-in-law was throwing away all the debris post- party, and stacked these nicely on the table for me.
I’ve recently come into a surplus of embroidery thread from CleverPatch, and like cash, unused craft materials tend to burn a hole in my pocket until they’re used.
So, I got my craft on and embroidered geometric patterns into the tubes to make a desk set.
Embroidery thread in assorted colours ($3.19 per pack), embroidery needle, cardboard tubes x 6, drill with small bit, paper, ruler and pen, scissors.
Trace the length and width of the tube onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Draw a grid pattern on the paper and pierce at each intersecting grid with a needle. Tape the paper onto the tube and make a mark where the holes are, then drill a hole at the marks. This will take a while! I drilled a few, then started embroidering, then drilled some more to keep it fresh.
Take your selected colours and embroider the tubes. When it comes time to attach two tubes together, hold them tightly and embroider through the holes. This gets a bit fiddly when you’re doing the three tube tall holder.
I liked this project because, although it took a long time to make, it was challenging putting the patterns together in a way that looked good. I found it very therapeutic and now my pens have a sexy home!
I'm also entering this craft in the #brotherinspires competition from Brother Australia. I'm deeply in need of a makeover for my craft/ sewing room!