Tonawanda News


April 8, 2013

PINSPIRED: Toilet paper roll speakers not worth it

I hate Pinterest's love of empty toilet paper rolls. 

I mean, really hate.

Folks apparently use these little rolled up pieces of cardboard to decorate their houses, keep wrapping paper rolled up, make little creatures and cars for their children to play with, make bird feeders and even decorate their Christmas trees. 

I can't stand it. Empty toilet paper rolls are not meant to decorate one's home, they're trash. Actually, they're meant to go in the recycling bin where all good used up bits of cardboard and plastic go. 

I just can't get over how tacky it is.

And then one project using a toilet paper roll I stumbled upon on Pinterest intrigued me. Could it really work?

I can trace the toilet-paper-roll-as-iPhone-speaker project to dozens of blogs and websites. Who knows who really came up with the idea, but I watched a couple YouTube videos and read a few instructional blogs on how to turn the little roll of cardboard into speakers and they were pretty much all the same. 

The steps are simple really. You take an empty toilet paper roll — preferably one from a brand that doesn't insist on using super glue on that last little bit of paper. (I definitely spent more time scraping off the toilet paper bits than I did on the project itself)

Hold your iPhone — or you could try any cellphone, I imagine — perpendicular to the roll and trace the bottom edge so you know how big to make the hole for your phone. This might take a few tries if your roll insists on doing what it does best like mine did — rolling away.

I used a pretty sharp little paring knife to cut the hole out, though I think an Xacto knife might work better. 

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