DIY toilet paper roll candy garland
ASTROBRIGHTS®, who I woked with on my paper plants, asked me how I would “colorize your Halloween” and I said, “with toilet paper candy garlands” of course! It’s become my belief that every party needs candy and every room needs a candy garland. It just makes the world a brighter, sweeter place! I based the concept on these candy lights that my mom used to make for our house for Christmas. I’ve been saving toilet paper rolls for over a year now (what? You don’t?!) so this was the perfect time to put them to use. It makes it so easy to cover with their vibrant color papers and a layer of cellophane. Easy squeezy!
See the full tutorial below!
Materials: ASTROBRIGHTS® paper in Orbit Orange, Plasma Pink, Lunar Blue, Eclipse Black, Sunburst Yellow, Stardust White, toilet paper rolls, double sided tape, glue, baker’s twine in black and white, clear cellophane, scissors or paper cutter, ruler, black acrylic paint
Alternative color palettes to colorize your party:
If you want to make a garland that’s not for Halloween, another fun color combination is
To make one single candy roll:
- Cut the solid piece of paper to the size of the toilet paper roll and tape.
- Cut a series of strips of the paper in various sizes. I did ¼” to 1 ½” in contrasting colors.
- Take your first strip of paper and angle it at the top of the toilet roll and twist it around. Glue at each end to hold it in place. Cut off remaining paper if necessary. If you wrap it too tightly it won’t reach the other end of the toilet paper roll. If that’s the case, cut two strips of the same size/color strips and glue them together to continue.
- Cut a 10” wide piece of clear cellophane and wrap it one and a half times around the toilet paper roll.
- Cut two pieces of twine about 4” wide and tie them to each end of the roll in a tight knot.
- Cut the edges of each cellophane edge in a nice straight line to finish it off.
- Dip the edges in black acrylic paint and set aside to dry.
To make a complete garland:
Instead of wrapping each one individually, you’ll insert a long piece of twine (to however long you want to make it, leaving about 1 ½’ on each side, in all the toilet paper rolls. Then wrap the cellophane around each one and tie with the baker’s twine.
Try making these candies and using them as name tags for each guest. Cut out letters (we used this craft machine) to make letters then glued them on before wrapping them in cellophane. We also left some single candies on the table to act as decorations.
To make the lettered “Give me something good to eat” garland:
Materials: ASTROBRIGHTS® Eclipse Black paper, black and white baker’s twine