Essential life skill: toilet paper origami | How About Orange

April 16, 2010

Essential life skill: toilet paper origami

Essential life skill #2: folding toilet paper into pleasing shapes. This might be even more essential than making paper straw wrappers into flowers—just imagine all the joy you could spread during your countless opportunities to do this. Leave a surprise in the bathroom of your dinner party host. (No! I mean a nice surprise.) Or delight the next visitor who enters that public restroom stall. In just 60 seconds, you can make someone else's life worth living.

To learn some easy toilet paper folding techniques, go here. I tried this one, above. And when you've mastered these, you can get this book. Note: my thick Cottonelle worked okay for this design, but cheap, crisp public restroom tissue would be ideal. Now go forth and beautify bathrooms everywhere.

61 comments:

Grandma G said...

How lovely! Now why didn't you have this done when we were there? We'd have felt so special!! Or we'd have gotten a pleasant chuckle, at least. But then again... we wouldn't have wanted to use it. ;)

Emily said...

That is fun and made me laugh. "an essential life skill" indeed ;) Have a great weekend.

Millie said...

Speaking of cheap public restroom toilet paper...how cool would it be to leave the toilet paper like that in a public restroom for the next person.... or maybe not!

Amber W. said...

Ha ha, this is awesome! I guess it gives you something to do while you're just sitting there...

Chelsea said...

How cool! I have to try this on some unsuspecting host! :)

Rebekah said...

I am so trying this out!

simplysandi said...

Too hilarious!

Lorie said...

That is very cute, but I think the paper rose in the straw is more essential!

Stephanie said...

One more reason why the paper has to roll over the top! And public restrooms? Definitely doing that! I can't believe there are whole books about this!

Snickerdoodle said...

This one got me giggling... but you know I'm going to have to try it out lol!

Marg said...

Great idea, it's almost like yarn bombing isn't it, if you do that in a public restroom. Can't wait to try it!!

Mackenzie M. said...

Fantastic! I'm going to attempt this in some of the bathrooms at school. =D Some kids have started the "knit graffiti" so why not make the toilet paper pretty too? Have a great weekend!

Amanda said...

oooo, this is quite essential isn't it?

it would be great if you could make it say "put the seat down" also

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Adorable...I wish I could get them to just refill the empty paper!!! Beth

cozy said...

thanks for the fun...
my daughter came by "the room" while I was folding - she is quite impressed :)

Melissa said...

I wish someone would make my life worth living. All I have is a great family and fullfilling hobbies. Where are MY TP sea shells?

BB said...

I'm totally doing this, if I walked into a public bathroom and saw that I would be so tickled. I would need to unravel the toilet paper and discard the already touched stuff but still. Adorable!

Heather Daigle said...

Totally just practiced this. The cheap stuff does work!

Little Trends said...

hilarious! beats reading a magazine that's for sure ;) awesome job.

Dee said...

Now you know I HAVE to try this.

Anonymous said...

This book is a must-have. Maybe everyone on my Christmas list will get it and a roll of toilet paper to go with.
thanks for sharing

Elizabeth said...

Ha ha - this is great! I'm envisioning toilet paper in homes and public places all over the world looking like this now!

(Megan) said...

This reminds me of the resort my husband and I stayed at in Mexico a couple years ago. When we came back to the hotel room at night there was towel origami on the bed: a swan, an elephant, even a dinosaur!

Valerie said...

I would love to see this in my bathroom everyday : )
Too cute!

Melanie said...

What a hoot! TP origami completes me. Thank you!

homemoma said...

i totally agree, that is one very essential skill

That's Not My Age said...

Fanatstic - I'm always impressed in hotels when they fold the toilet roll into a triangle but this is something else!

Larissa said...

I'd feel like I was on a cruise every day! In my own home! Except for the fact that there'd be no attentive wait staff following me around. Crud.

print said...

That's is very cool!

Dream on the wave said...

This is fun and cute and I am defenitly going to try it somewhere unexpected.

tia said...

just completed this one in our bathroom...cant wait for my hubby to come home...haaaaaaaaa! classic! thanks!

http://www.west.asu.edu/icdeg/origami/flourish/

smallgrapes said...

This is awesome.

Mei said...

haha.. cute post, it made me laugh! =)

Laura said...

So funny! I can't wait to learn more essential skills! :-)

rachel said...

See what you've done now? All of us (reasonably intelligent and unfrivolous) women sitting on the toilet wearing serious expressions, concentrating on folding the paper......

You get this week's Silliest Post Award; thank you for the laugh!

Megan said...

This is funny and such a great idea. Your comment about leaving a treat for the next person in the public restroom made me laugh...my sneaky mind instantly went to the long line of women waiting to use the toilet (all doing the pee pee dance). And the woman finally gets in there and is all "THIS is why I had to wait?" I'm evil. I guess it would be best to use the origami for uncrowded bathrooms instead. I certainly would like to see something so pretty since it's pretty darn scary in there otherwise.

Dien said...

Very sweet!

Lisa-Marie said...

This is brilliant!

missDDT said...

I totally love this! And I thought making crafts from the cardboard roll was cool :D

Ann On and On... said...

I'm off to try it... Not really, but it sounded good. I'm too comfy in my chair. :D

I have an award for you on my blog. (4/17)

Tiffany said...

Ha! I love it! Spreading the love to public restrooms everywhere...

Three Owls said...

guerilla orgami.... changing the world one random act of paperfolding at a time...

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Kate said...

This IS an essential skill! Especially if, like me, you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease... Now I have something to keep me entertained in the bathroom. Thanks for posting about this! :)

BLONDEDESIGN said...

hours of fun in the bathroom. Kx

Sara&Eva said...

jajajja..this is so funny!

Undrline said...

Unfortunately (and annoyingly) my office building has the rolls stuck in the underhand position.

Jess said...

That is so wrong.

Meander said...

I totally love this in such a quirky "i do it for me and only me" kind of way. Thanks for sharing doll!

Sarah said...

Love this!! Tried it right away, and it's so easy, and looks great!!! Made me laugh! Thank you!!

CRAZYMOM said...

Hey! This project could keep my kids busy for days! LOL
Pretty good...

Sara said...

Unbelievable. You might be kidding, but I would totally do this!

Jess said...

I'm not kidding. I left one in a public bathroom the other day.

Denise said...

this only works if you hang your t.p. the wrong way!

s a n s k u :) said...

fun! :)

Ughsome said...

Truly an essential life skill! :) Thanks !

K-Sue said...

Love the link - next year I want to do origami with my little homeschool Sm'Arties group. Next week is our last week - Hmmm - wonder if we could fold a dollar while also doing an Impressionists lapbook plus tie-dying...naaah...

dreamstar said...

I have taught all the cleaners at work today so they can put the finishing touch to the public toilets.
Have featured you on my blog tonight also.

BellsInSpires said...

hi! i know i'm a little late to the TP life skill party, but i linked to your blog last week; hope that's ok! i love all your posts!

m said...

Your blog is soooooooo nice! I started reading today and came all the way to this page, and I just have to tell you I laughed out loud a few times! And you give such nice ideas and links! Your blog is a treasure trove :-) Greetings from Istanbul

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