#CanYouTopThis Craft Challenge & $300 Giveaway

Twas the night before #CanYouTopThis,
And all through the house,
Everyone was asleep,
Except Mama Mouse.

Her head starting spinning,
With a lot on her mind.
So she worked all night,
to make the deadline.

And she did!

When I found out I would be one of five leaders to host the next Elmer's #CanYouTopThis Challenge, I was excited...and overwhelmed...and clueless. But, don't cry for me Argentina. My love for crafting never sleeps {neither do I}. I went right to the drawing board {pun intended} and came up with a few ideas on how I could turn an Elmer's Tri-Fold board into a work of art. Don't threaten me with a good time...or a challenge!

First, I went shopping for Elmer's crafting supplies at my local Walmart. This was nothing out of the ordinary for me. I'm always in the craft aisle and always at Walmart. Here is my whrrl of the shop:

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This is not the actual project I wanted to create. I have about 3 more ideas that I will attempt to make over the course of this contest. For my first project, I decided to make: A Toilet Paper Holder/ Plant Stand.
Don't ask me why this idea came to my head. I may have thought about it while I was in the bathroom (TMI, I know). I just hate it when all the toilet paper is gone. Some of us store it in a closet, which means we have to get up, go to the closet, and return to the bathroom. If you have a TOILET PAPER HOLDER in the bathroom, you can just grab and...roll with it. I can't help myself!
Here is what you'll need to get started on this project:
{you'll discover along the way you may need to add a few items, based on your preferences}

Here are the steps you need to take to create a TOILET PAPER HOLDER/PLANT STAND:


1. Draw a template of a square. You'll need one for the base of the holder {a bit larger than the other pieces} and 1 for the bottom and top of the holder {also needed to add height}. My base was roughly 8.75 inches and the other pieces were 7.5 inches. Place the template on the Tri-Fold Display board and trace.

2. Measure 18 inches long and 5.75 inches across for your panel pieces. You'll need 3 of these.

3. Measure 5.75 long and 5 inches across for your shelves. You'll need 3 of these as well.
*all measurements are approximations. I had to use a lot of trial and error, as well as editing.

4. Cut all the pieces out using your X-Acto Designer Series #1 Craft Knife. Try to be precise, but remember these pieces will be covered later.


5. Decide on paper to cover the panel pieces (3). You can choose the same colors or mix it up, like I did. I used a book of scrap paper from Colorbok, but you can use Elmer's Construction Paper, 88 Count for basic colors.

6. Using Elmer's Craft Bond Acid-Free Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive spray a panel piece. Be sure you have the paper ready. This spray adhesive does it's job well. The paper will stick immediately, so place it correctly on the foam board. You'll need scissors to cut the access paper off in order to cover the piece exactly on one side. Do this for all 3 pieces and the shelves.


7. Use a glue gun to put the panel pieces together. Line the edges along each other, the long side, to form a 3-sided box.

8. Starting at the  bottom, insert 1 of the shelve pieces. Measure up approximately 6 inches {and mark} two more times. This is where the other 2 shelves will go. Glue them inside of the box structure.

9. Create the base of the holder. Place the largest piece {approx. 8.75 inches} down. Then, add the other 2 slightly smaller pieces using a glue gun to secure it. You can cut out more of these pieces if you want to have a thicker base. Two worked fine for me.

10. Glue the holder to the base using a glue gun.

At this point, you are almost done. You would just need to add the top piece with a glue gun. I was going to originally spray paint the outside, or put more decorative on the outside {in which case you would have done it along with the earlier step}. However, I wanted to add texture to my holder and I wanted to be a little more creative. 

I recently broke my favorite bamboo-like room-divider from IKEA {sad face}. It was made of tiny pieces of wood that would be great for a craft project. I put them to use.

11. Pour Elmer's No-Wrinkle Rubber Cement generously over the side of the panel. Spread it over the entire area.

12. Place the wooden pieces however you desire. {You could also use scrap paper, magazine pictures, comics, leaves, buttons, foil etc. to cover the outside} Use the glue gun to secure the top and bottom for added support. Cover the base and front as well.

13. Place the last piece {approx. 7.5 inches} on top of the holder using the glue gun. You can cover the edges with wooden pieces now. You can also add a piece of decorative paper to the top using the Elmer's Craft Bond Acid-Free Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive .

Clean up any edges with the X-Acto Designer Series #1 Craft Knife. I also like to use nail filers as sandpaper. They work like a charm to fix rough edges too. And don't forget the most important part — the toilet paper of course!

That's it. You're done!

Now, show me YOUR creativity. I want to know #CanYouTopThis? I know you can, so why not WIN while doing so.


Three (3) crafty winners will have the opportunity to TOP THIS project and win a $100 Walmart gift card.

To win:
  • Head to your local Walmart and buy a Tri-Fold Display Board {you must use this} and get creative! You can create any kind of project, a craft project, a school project, or a display. 
  • Once you have completed your project write a blog post or Facebook note (make sure it is public so we can see it) showing photos of your project and how you made it.
  • Enter your project on the following blogs listed below (please refer to the individual rules for entry on each blog). You may enter on each site. For this blog, leave a comment with a direct link to your project or attach a thumbnail of your project in the linky at the bottom of this post.
Mallery Schuplin         http://www.mallerysdeals.com
Jolon Hull                   http://savvychicsavings.com

Michele McGraw         http://scrapsofmygeeklife.com
Keonte' Smith             http://www.mommy2k.com
Becca Ludlum            http://ourcrazyboys.com

  • You must use the hashtag #CanYouTopThis whenever you refer to this giveaway in your post, on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, all the time.
  • The deadline for this giveaway is January 5, 2011.
  • Visit the Can You Top This site for inspiration and more information. 
  • Good luck. Go create!

Disclosure: I was compensated for my time and as a project leader for the #CanYouTopThis campaign. I am also a member of Collective Bias. The opinions and views expressed are my own and do not reflect those of the sponsor.


  1. Really? How in the WORLD did you think of that??? I'm a little bit amazed right now...


  2. woah! you're a frickin genius! awesome job!! good luck!!!

  3. oh and scratch the 'good luck'..my bad! i thought you were IN the contest! duh.

  4. Ok, this is genius and awesome!:) Love it! How did you think of this? I never would have thought of making a cabinet, let alone covering it to look so chic.

  5. That is awesome. How did you come up with that idea? LOL! I need one for my bathroom (actually I need 4)

  6. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&&note_id=10150093741705763

    Here is my project - although I don't think it comes come to topping yours !

  7. @Courtney Mora-Ludwig You don't have to TOP my craft. Everyone is so creative it would be hard to call this a competition. Great job and good luck. Keep crafting.

  8. What a great idea! I especially love that you made a craft with two uses!

    Found ya on Twitter Moms/Crafty Moms.

  9. Before I submit my entry let me pause for a sec

    Wow! You are creative!

    Ok, that may take about 4 seconds to take the time it needs to come out the way it should.

    And here's my entry:


  10. Wow. Great project.

    I live a little far from Walmart. What exactly is the Elmer's Tri-fold board?

  11. http://www.alistmakerslife.com/2010/12/challenge-accepted.html
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. We had a BLAST doing this. I was so excited to find your blog a few days ago and we just finished out entry today!


    WE worked HARD On this so I hope you like it!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to spend a few quality hours with my boys...this is one we won't forget!

  13. Wow. I'm totally impressed with your creativity! You Rock with this.

  14. Thanks for the chance. Here's my entry:


  15. That's just ingenious! Great job!

    My 9 year old's entry is an 18" doll closet on a budget - http://www.dealusional.com/?p=5227

    Thank you!

  16. Here is my entry:


  17. I made an apron display for the CYTT contest: http://www.mamabzz.com/2011/01/apron-display-elmers-cytt-craft-project.html

    So much fun; thanks so much for the opportunity!

  18. I just finished my project :)

  19. This is my daughter Sami's friendship board.


  20. My 7 yr old son's friendship board. He and his friends are big into learning about volcanoes right now so he drew the picture of the volcano.


  21. My 6 yr old daughter's friendship board. She was so excited to have her friends sign her board. She shows it off to everyone.


  22. Here's my entry. I hope I tagged it right!


  23. here is my entry

  24. Let me just say that I am throughly impressed with the entries. This is going to be hard!!

  25. This was so much fun! Hope you enjoy:


    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  26. What a fun contest !!! The possibility’s are ENDLESS !!!
    Here is my entry :)


  27. What a fun contest !!! The possibility’s are ENDLESS !!!
    Here is my entry :)


  28. Hey Keonte! I made a Wedding Board to help me plan my wedding :


  29. Hi my name is Adrienne Speckhals and I made this fireplace http://sweetlandofchaos.blogspot.com/2011/01/canyoutopthis-challenge-adriennes.html

  30. My entry:


    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  31. Here's my entry - lots of fun!


  32. I hope this can count as my entry, I am at work (navy) and I can't go on sites from my work, security reasons. So I am doing this from my phone for my girls. I can't fill out the linky, so I'm entering here. Sorry. My entry

  33. Hi mama this is lily from cb. Sorry for the delay i hope i made it. I jad to retype y entire post here is my project http://bit.ly/g3n0fj

  34. I'm going through all of these entries and it's SO HARD to decide. Man, who knew everyone would TOP THIS? Great job guys and gals.

  35. Thank you so much for picking us as one of the winners! We are so excited :)


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