Living Necklace Made From a Toilet Paper Tube




About: Hello! My name is Jennifer and I love to cook. Baking, grilling, smoking, and frying interest me. Creating my own recipe is even better!

What do you do when you reach the end of a toilet paper roll? Make jewelry, of course. Using the inner tube as a growing medium, you can have an easy, inexpensive living piece of artwork to wear. It’s a lovely way to reuse an otherwise discarded item. And, you’ll look fabulous!


1 toilet paper tube
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 magnetic or latched glass charm that opens
Necklace, ribbon, or leather cord
Tiny plants or seeds

Step 1:

For starters, go to the store and purchase a charm that will hold your living plant and some paper pulp. The one that I purchased was $6.99 and I used a 40 percent off coupon at Hobby Lobby. I already had the necklace so this project cost less than $4.50! Woo hoo!
I have added several pictures so that you know that there’s a variety to choose from. I think the bird cage is super awesome!

Step 2:

Once you have your supplies, soak your toilet paper tube in water until it is saturated.
While it’s soaking, you could take this time to look up what poison ivy looks like; that probably wouldn’t make a nice necklace. Just sayin’.

Step 3:

Tear the toilet paper tube in large pieces.

Step 4:

Place the pieces in a blender until you have a fine pulp. You can add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon at this point for its natural anti fungal properties.
Doesn’t that look lovely?

Step 5:

Place pulp on a paper towel and allow water to be wicked away for approximately 30 minutes.
I know. I know. This picture looks icky. We can all laugh a little. Imagine what your family will say if they see you with this on the kitchen counter.

Step 6:

Place wet pulp in opened charm. Don’t overfill. You could also add some tiny rocks or colorful sea shells for interest.

Step 7:

Place plants inside the charm with the roots on the pulp.
I used some plants that I had growing in my backyard but you could use some seeds of a small flowering plant to grow your own plant inside the charm. That would be really fabulous!

Step 8:

Cover roots with additional pulp and close charm.
Feel free to add some fun beads or other charms to your necklace to wear with your living charm. It’s up to you! Be creative!

Step 9:

Look at that! You made some beautiful living jewelry! You will want to open it periodically to add a couple of drops of water. You also need to allow sunlight to reach your plant.
Tip: If you want to fertilize your plants, add a couple of drops of water from the pan that you boiled vegetables in from dinner. Just make sure it is cooled off. Voila! Instant liquid fertilizer!
If the plant gets too big, you can pot it with the toilet paper roll pulp. You can always make another one because I’m sure you’ll have more toilet paper rolls.
Enjoy your new necklace!



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    24 Discussions


    Tip 10 months ago on Step 9

    I think it would be awesome to add a sprinkle of a loved ones ashes to the mixture in the beginning! That's what I am going to do for pendants as memorial to my father!

    1 reply

    Reply 10 months ago

    That’s very creative. I’m sorry to read about your father. I like your idea to honor him.


    11 months ago

    Is there any reason why a large watch wouldn’t work?

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    Reply 11 months ago

    Just make sure the hands of the watch don’t interfere with the plant and make sure the watch is water proof.
    I did have to include this picture for giggles! Lol thanks for looking!


    1 year ago

    Question: Is there any other option if my parents won't let me use a blender? X3

    3 replies

    Thanks a bunch! Soak the tube in water for thirty minutes and it should be easy to tear it into small pieces. Good question!


    Question 1 year ago

    Do you think I should open it occasionally for air or does it get enough through the cracks in the pendant? I'm hoping to give this as a gift for my sister's birthday and I want it to live as long as it can :) Such a good project! It looks so good. Love it!

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    Answer 1 year ago

    Thank you! That’s a great question! I open mine daily to wipe down the condensation from the glass. I also checked to see if the paper was still moist.


    1 year ago

    These are adorable! I'm up to my eyeteeth in projects that I should (and not!) be doing, but I hope to do this soon! For now, I'm voting and saving here, and sharing on Pinterest, so others are inspired. Thanks so much.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you very much, Malicity. I really appreciate your interest and kind words. It was a very fun project.

    Hi Penelopy,
    Thank you for your question and nice comment. I just made the necklace today so it has only been about 5 hours. I used the plant Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) which is actually a weed, although I think it is pretty. It should do okay because it can survive in less than ideal conditions. I attached a picture of one that is growing in the sidewalk down the street.
    I will be reporting back here after a couple of days to show it’s progress. Keep your fingers crossed.
    Thanks again!


    Reply 1 year ago

    A "weed" is merely the term commonly used for a plant in the wrong place! So, you have the absolute correct usage of the word "plant", in re your Henbit!