DIY Vent/Grate Cover

Okay, so, I have this little problem, and it’s very, very annoying!  It’s this little vent over my couch in the living room. Really, it’s the whole wall behind my couch.  It’s all out of whack. I mean, the whole thing is uneven. Part of the wall is built out, but it is not symmetrical. I have this thing about everything being symmetrical, and it’s driving my nuts!

Our neighbors next door have the same floor plan as we do. They have the same dumb built out wall as we do, but their’s is symmetrical. I think whoever built our house must have cut twice and measured once… or something… They just didn’t get it right. Arrrggg!

Anyhoo! See this vent at the top of the wall? (Who would put a vent at the top of a focal wall like that!?!)

It’s a big eye sore to me. Okay, it’s not just the vent, it’s the whole wall thing again… But, I have to start somewhere. We’ve been in this house over 5 years now, and I, still, have not touched this wall.  (It’s sad, I know…) I just can’t get over the unsymmetricalness of it, so I have chosen to ignore the wall… until now.

So, I’m starting with the vent.  If it’s got to be there, it needs to be pretty, right?

You’ve seen what people do with T-P rolls… Well, these are paper towel rolls. I used about 47,000 rolls, cut into 16 pieces each. (Okay, not really that many rolls, but it felt like it when I was all done. This little craft took me way longer than I thought it would. I only used about 6 rolls cut into 16 pieces.)

I worked this out in sections (I ended up with seven sections).

For the first section, I started out with 1 piece and I pressed it down flat, then I turned it over so that the folded sides touched and pressed it in the other direction so that the little circle now looked like a square.

For the rest of this section, I cut one side, of 8 different pieces like this…

Next, I turned the square, that I had shaped, sideways so that it was now diamond-shaped, and glued 2 cut pieces on the top of the diamond like this…

And then, coiled them with a pencil inward, to resemble a heart, like this…

For the sides of the diamond, I glued two more cut pieces on each side. One piece directed to the top and one directed down.

The top piece, I coiled inward toward the heart, and I did the same for the bottom piece…

Then, I glued the top pieces together, and the bottom pieces together.

After I did my first section, I decided it was faster to coil first and then glue.

Your first section should look something like this…

(You may have to play around with it to get it in the shape that you want.)

I made seven sections just like this one, and I glued each section together with another square diamond in-between each section.

After all the glue was dry, I spray painted it to match my vent, and hung it up with Christmas hooks. Yeah, I’m creative that way. ;)

Here’s the before again…

And, after…


Much better.

Have a great rest of the week!

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DIY Vent/Grate Cover — 102 Comments

  1. A am IMPRESSED!! I thought you had it made for you. No one will ever know that is home made out of papertowel rolls. I envy you. I do not have a creative bone in my body.

  2. That’s amazing ! The vent looks so much nicer. I love all your posts. Always something new and exciting at your home .. never a dull moment :)

  3. Cute idea! Inexpensive too! I love those kinds of projects! I have the same problem, actually. Plus, our thermostat is right below it. It has been difficult to decorate!

  4. That is sooooo clever! It looks like wrought iron! I am super impressed with this project and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  5. I am SOO doing this!! Thanks for the inspiration. We are getting ready to move into a log cabin that doesn’t have very many normal drywalled walls. So where ever there is a normal wall, HVAC vents have been placed with no logic to their placement.

    BTW, saw you at TT&J

  6. I totally thought it was metal!! That is fantastic!! Just might have to do this in my girls’ rooms!!

    I found via iheartnaptime’s linky party!!

    ~ Lisa

  7. Well I love it and if you could create something so intricate and ornate from paper towel rolls, you have absolutely no excuse for not embracing your assymetrical wall and doing something fantastic with it! You’re so creative — just emphasize the assymetry!

  8. Oh my goodness, what an undertaking this was. Must have taken forever but you did a terrific job of cammoflage…well done! If you can do all that with tissue rolls, you could probably get a ticket as a sheet metal working, cutting out tin…Kudos to you. I have joined you on Pinterest and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  9. OMG! That is amazing. What is most impressive it the reuse of the paper towel tubes. I’m always looking for great way to put them to use, thank you!

    I came here from the “Homemaker on a Dime” site because this is such a great idea for our Linky Party too this week. The theme is ‘Creative Final Resting Place Ideas’ this time.

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    We’d love to host your ‘link’ there this week too!

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  10. wow what a cool idea. it looks so much prettier that way. Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up to last weeks show and share. We hope to see you and your newest project on Wednesday.

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  11. Neat idea!! Take it a little further though. If you don’t like the fact that the wall isn’t symetrical, make it so. A suggestion would be to hang several pieces of art work or family pics or a combination on that wall. Make the pics/artwork the focal point. The grate cover is a great start! Try using darker frames and paint the outer frame of the vent about the same color so that it fits in. With your really cool grate cover inside the frame it will look like artwork that has been hung intentionally! Also, since the vent is upper right, put something shaped similarly (doesn’t need to be as big) on the lower left to help with symetry. Make the vent a part of the collection on the wall. What do you think? I have a pic in my head of what it would look like and looks like it would work to me :D

  12. Very creative great job!! We have a couple things in our home that I always wonder what they were thinking when putting it in! So glad you linked up with us at Show & Share!


  13. We musta had the same dern builder… I’ve got a stinkin vent right where a light should go in the kitchen…right above the sink.. What a dim-wit!

    Super-duper use of those superfluous TP Rolls! It looks FAB!

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