Creating Munich's landmarks from rolls of toilet paper: the Frauenkirche

DIY: Munich landmarks

A sense of home in the bathroom

At the beginning of the corona crisis, toilet paper was sold out in many supermarkets, but now it is easy to get again. So if you now have a surplus at home and don't know where to put the many empty rolls: they are an excellent material for DIY! We asked the artist Sarah Illenberger to recreate Munich's landmarks with rolls of toilet paper – to get a piece of Munich feeling in your bathroom. Here is her do-it-yourself guide.

The Olympic Tower

As plain and simple as the Olympic Tower towers over Munich, the instructions for making it are just as simple. 

For the tower, take a thinner roll, such as a shipping or kitchen roll, and connect it to a toilet paper roll. The antenna is adjusted with a red and white striped straw.

 

The Monopteros

The ornamental temple in the middle of the English Garden will certainly grace every bathroom. First of all, you have to arrange eight rolls of toilet paper in a circle.

Then cut two round slices of cardboard (each about 20 centimeters in diameter) and glue them above and below the rolls.

Put a roll of toilet paper on top. Stick another slice of cardboard on top (approx. 10 centimetres in diameter) and paint everything with white acrylic paint.

The iconic columns are created by forming small snails with narrow strips of corrugated cardboard and sticking them to both sides of each column.

 

The Frauenkirche

The Cathedral Of Our Dear Lady in the old town was built in the 15th century - within 20 years. Our mini version made of toilet paper rolls goes much faster.

For the main construction you have to join two rows of 5 rolls each with glue.

Stack the two towers on top of each other with three rolls each. Cut strips into the two topmost rolls with scissors and join them to form a dome.

Paint the domes light green. Place small yellow pearls on top with a needle (or use pin needles). Cut the roof out of a piece of flat cardboard, paint it rust-red and give it some patina with chalk.

 

 

Text and photos: Sarah Illenberger

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