With 2 pop-up shops back to back (Makers & Friends, bringing UK makers to the High St-we’re at 17 Dundas Street, Edinburgh till 19 December), this has been a REEEEAAALLLY busy period for me. Β And busy periods = lots of takeaways ( = weight gain πŸ™ ) So I was super happy when the amazing Gemma of MayinspireΒ agreed to do an Upcycling Chopstick DIY collaboration with me! You should check out her blog- it’s really cool- I love the quirky, old school newsletter format!Β And here is her amazing idea for DIY chopsticks! Love seeing how two people can come up with such different ideas.


I’d done a chopstick upcycle not too long ago- a trivet which doubles up as an earring stand so I admit to being a little stumped when brainstorming ideas for this project. In the end, I decided to go with a necklace. The idea was to paint it with glitter polish, tie some cord on and, voila! A contemporary statement necklace. But things didn’t go the way I planned…



The chopstick was longer than the usual, so was a teeny bit too long for a necklace. Happily, an even better idea came to me- toilet roll holder! (I needed one). Take a look and tell me what you think! πŸ™‚


What you need

  • (clean!) chopstick
  • glitter nailpolish (or glitter & glue!)
  • Black cord/ string


Step 1

Paint part (or all!) of the chopstick with the glitter. Leave to dry.



Step 2

Tie the cord around one end of the chopstick. Slide the toilet roll on and tie the cord around the other end of the chopstick.


A very modern looking toilet roll holder, if I say so myself! πŸ™‚



If upcycling is your thing, you might be interested to see this DIY for an AMAZING pair of Tom Binns lookalike quotation earrings that I made from a sheet of plastic (that came as part of the packaging in a box)!


Written by Zen



awww thanks for stopping by Anna, please do try it and post your efforts on your blog- i will definitely check out your version of this DIY πŸ˜‰


Awww thanks Suja! I’m actually working on another chopstick upcycle now πŸ™‚ (It’ll be my 3rd one- the 1st was a trivet πŸ™‚ ) Glad to hear you find it useful πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my blog and off to visit yours now πŸ™‚


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