Create faux wedding pedestals, silk plant stands, a cat condo, theatre set designs or any number of medium-duty craft projects with a little imagination and a carpet tube. The large carpet tubing from bulk rolls of carpeting also make great faux columns for interior room dividers. A column or pillar made from a carpet tube to be a room divider creates interest, division and a powerful design statement in a home or on a theatre set for very little money compared to their actual counterparts.
Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Box cutter or jigsaw
- Wood glue
- Strong twine
- Plumb bob
- Two eyehooks
- Stone textured paint or plaster
Measure from the floor to the ceiling in the location where the column will be placed.
Plumb to level along the wall and mark the wall 15 cm (6 inches) from the ceiling and six inches up from the floor with a pencil.
Screw one eyehook into the wall at each pencil mark.
Measure the tube for cutting. Mark in a few spots around the tube with a pencil for even cutting. Cut the tube slightly under the determined size using the box cutter or jigsaw.
Cut two 30-cm (1-foot) lengths from the remaining tube to wrap around the base and the top of the column.
Cut a slit down each of the short lengths in order to pull it open and wrap around the full-length column for added interest.
Spread glue over the top and bottom foot of the full-length column.
Lay a length of twine over the top and bottom glue sections of the column about 15 cm (6 inches) from the ends. The length of twine should be long enough to wrap completely around the column with extra to tie and hook securely onto the eyehooks.
Pull open and wrap the shorter lengths of tubing around the top and bottom glue sections with the slits lined up and facing the same direction. The slits will not close completely, but the column can be stood in place with the slits hidden, facing the wall. The extra twine should be left hanging out from the slits at about 15 cm (6 inches) from the ends. Tie the twine in a knot at each slit opening and leave the excess for tying to the eyehooks.
Paint the entire column with textured paint, or spread thinly with plaster.
Allow the column to dry completely. Stand it in place and secure it with the twine to the eyehooks.
Tips and warnings
- Using a hot glue gun, attach faux climbing ivy around your column from top to bottom.
- Use plaster of Paris or paper mache for a realistic effect before painting the column.
- Cut one column in half lengthwise to make two half-round style columns.
- Cut two 15-cm (6-inch) pieces of tubing to glue on the very ends for added interest.
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