How Many Toilet Paper Tubes Will It Take to Operate Penn Museum Summer Camp 2013?

I’m not into social media that much (for starters, I don’t do Facebook–gasp!), but if my fellow colleagues at the Penn Museum would happen to pick an avatar, a visual representation for myself, it would probably be this:

This is not because I visit the bathroom more frequently than the average person.  This is because I am a hoarder of reusable by-products.  And my coworkers anticipate this and enable me.  Case in point:

One industrial sized garbage bag and one box full of leftover foam donated via Jim Moss are stashed underneath an office desk.  Fortunately, this space is unoccupied and allows me to contain my hoarding.  A little bit anyway.  Thanks for thinking of me, Jim.

One industrial sized garbage bag and one box full of leftover foam donated via Jim Moss are stashed underneath an office desk. Fortunately, this space is unoccupied and allows me to contain my hoarding. A little bit anyway. Thanks for donating, Jim.

One of the cool things about my job is planning the annual Summer Camp program; I get to put my 4- year art degree (and recent hoarding habit) to work by planning the camp’s crafts.  Toilet tubes happen to be one of my favorite items to hoard.  Case in point:

Check out what’s holding up this camper’s temple pediment!  I was really hoping for campers to have four tubes to make four columns and an actual mini-temple.  Alas, we ran low on TP tubes by the time we got to this craft.

Check out what’s holding up this camper’s temple pediment! I was really hoping for campers to have four tubes to make four columns and an actual mini-temple. Alas, we ran low on TP tubes by the time we got to this craft.

Check out these donated foam bits in action:

Maya jade death masks.  Made from donated foam chips, courtesy of Chrisso Boulis.

Maya jade death masks. Made from donated foam chips, courtesy of Chrisso Boulis.

So, how many tubes will it take to operate the camp this summer?  At least 260.  Here’s the crafts on the docket that call for the paper tubes:

Cat Mummies, Mini-Trojan Horses, and Larariums (ancient Roman at-home altars) are just a few of the summer's crafts

Cat Mummies, Mini-Trojan Horses, and Larariums (ancient Roman at-home altars) are just a few of the summer’s crafts

 

I will need those TP tubes by July.  So, before those tubes hit your recycling bin, considering donating them to Penn Museum summer camp.

Many thanks to my coworkers for enabling my crafty (hoarding) habit!

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  • Prema Deshmukh

    Jenn, I love your creative projects from toilet paper tubes. Amazing final product!

    Prema Deshmukh