Go Ahead, Unroll These Unique Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

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We’ve all got them – toilet paper rolls. While an eco-friendly approach is to recycle the cardboard tubes as fast as they accumulate, an even better solution is to repurpose those tubes into artwork, toys and other useful objects.

The lowly toilet paper roll doesn’t seem like it should be worthy of artistic display, but you’d be surprised at what a cylindrical cardboard can become with just the right touch. Check out this collection of more than 300 ideas of how to transform a cardboard toilet paper roll into a craft sensation.

Cardboard Tube Totems

Cardboard Tube Totems. Image courtesy of Mary Anne Enriquez.

To get you started, here are a variety of great ideas to transform toilet paper rolls into useful items for your home.

  • Start seedlings in toilet paper tubes filled with soil, as seen on eLivingToday. The cardboard is a biodegradable material that will compost back into the soil as the plant grows.
  • The Almost Unschoolers blog shows how to create homemade Tinker Toys with a paper tubes, a hole punch and some pencils for eco-friendly, educational playtime.
  • Make tiny pillow boxes for small gifts or gift cards by artfully folding a toilet paper tube roll into a small box, as Decor Seven shows.
  • Beautiful filigree designs can be created from curling toilet paper tube rolls around a dowel to form intricate shapes of all sizes. Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom decorated a standard wall clock with a mass of curly-cued enhancements for a stunning piece of home decor. Take the same idea and create floral patterns or abstract designs to display in an open frame, or to embellish gift wrap.
  • A few spare buttons, toothpicks, and a toilet paper tube roll cut into thin strips is all it takes to create a kid-friendly game of Button Golf, showcased on the blog, JDaniel4’s Mom. Or turn those tubes into a small bowling game, instead.
  • Reflective paper and some colorful beads can turn a cardboard tube into a fun kaleidoscope. Secure two toilet paper tubes together side by side for kid-sized binoculars.
  • Need a perfect circle stencil? The end of a cardboard tube works great.
  • Kids love toys that make noise, so what could be better (or cheaper) than these maracas created with rice, duct tape, milk bottle caps and toilet paper tube rolls from The Craft Train?
  • Children can create fashion accessories with just a little glue and bits of leftover craft supplies with this toilet paper tube bracelet tutorial from Learn Create Love.

Feature image courtesy of Stacie

Kimberly Button

Kimberly Button is the author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home and the Editor-in-Chief of GetGreenBeWell , featuring modern, sane ideas for living a non-toxic life. A professional journalist for nearly two decades, Button has written for magazines such as Martha Stewart's Whole Living, American Airlines, AAA, Sierra, National Geographic Traveler, and Vegetarian Times. Visit KimButton.com for more information.

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