On a Roll

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What is it about spring that makes us want to scurry about, cleaning and reorganizing our homes? Perhaps it’s the fresh wash of sunlight that inspires us to clean away the mundaneness of winter. It lights up the corners and puts a spotlight on the dust and cobwebs that have crept in while we hunkered down for a spell.

Perhaps it’s the mild temperature that reinvigorates us, filling our lungs with new air and inspiring us to move about in more constructive ways.

We at the Pear Tree House have been busy with spring cleaning – that is, when we haven’t been outside enjoying the rather pleasant weather.

In addition to the obvious windows and corners, nooks and crannies, we’ve been reorganizing – starting with the kitchen.

Here’s an example of a drawer that got out of hand:

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That tangle of cords has been driving me crazy for months. I cannot endure unruly cords. But after years of keeping them wrapped up neatly in stylish cord holders, I started disposing of the holders as they were worn-out and messy looking themselves.

So, today I had a new project: covering toilet paper rolls to attractively tame my tangle of cords. It’s such an easy project that can make a world of difference to an electronics cupboard or drawer, and so I just had to share it with you.

See how much better it looks?

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Here’s how to do it.

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*Toilet paper rolls.
*Scrap fabric (you could also use wrapping paper or magazine pages but they don’t last as long). Cut wide enough to go around the roll, meeting in the middle, and long enough to have excess on each end.
*Craft glue
*Toothpicks or cotton swabs for applying the glue

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Apply a strip of glue across the length of a toilet paper roll.

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Stick one end of the fabric to the glue.

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Wrap around and glue the other end to match at a seam.

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Apply glue to each inside edge, at the top and bottom of the roll. Fold fabric in and press flat. Make sure entire inside fabric is glued or the cord will catch it going in and out.

These can be used for everything with a standard-sized cord for home electronics, from toasters and coffee grinders to hair dryers and stereo equipment.

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Stylish and neat.

– Story and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier

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  1. Love this! I’ve been using the idea for years, but with bare rolls. Clearly I have some wrapping to do.

  2. I think I’ll have to get out the glue as well. I rember mom used to do this and it worked well.

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