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Miniature Artist’s Paint Tube Tutorial


Cardstock Paper

Toothpicks or Skewers-depending on the thickness you want. I used the toothpick.

Glue-I use Tacky Glue.

Hole Punch

Paint-Black, Silver, Rust Color and various colors to add leaking paint if you like.

Clamp of some sort- I like to use forceps because they add ridges where the tube would have them.

2mm seed beads

tiny brushes

Some sort of label- I just used something I found on google images. By the time I shrunk it down small enough I could not see the writing so it didn’t really matter what it said.

Scissors or paper cutter

Ruler with millimeters. Helpful but not necessary.

  1. Cut a strip of cardstock the length you want your miniature paint tube to be. You will only need enough to wrap around the toothpick I cut mine at about 7/16″ so my tube will be 7/16″ long. Just relax! Paint tubes come in all different sizes so this does not have to be exact.
  2. I like to pre-roll my paper around the toothpick so it will have it’s curve already and be easier to work with.
  3. Roll your paper around the toothpick and glue. Hold until it has a grip and slide it off the toothpick and let it dry for a bit.
  4. Congratulations! You have a wee little paper tube.
  5. Now add a bit of glue at one end, AND I MEAN A BIT, and clamp it.
  6. For the other end you can either use a tiny hold punch or glue it to a piece of scrap card stock and trim it off once it dries.
  7. Now walk away! It should be good and dry before you trim or paint it. This is where I always wreck it.
  8. Once it is fully dry, trim the excess paper away.
  9. Now it is time to paint. I put on a layer of black and then a layer of silver.
  10. Once that is dry I dipped the top of mine in a rust color because I wanted it to look old and used. You can skip this part if you like.
  11. Glue your wee little black seed bead onto the end and glue you label around the tube.
  12. Voila! You are finished your wee little artist’s paint tube.

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