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How to Reuse Paper Rolls

Updated on September 24, 2014

Toilet-Paper Rolls, Paper-Towel Rolls and Wrapping Paper Rolls... Waste, Recycle or Repurpuse?

Toilet and wrapping paper rolls are something everyone of us has laying around. Specially if you have kids, like I do. They use them almost daily for playing and they can have fun for hours with plain brown rolls! But, I know that not everyone has little kids kicking these things around. Still, there are so many different ways to use this versatile piece of cardboard. And you have come to the right place if you wish to find new ways to reuse and upcycle them in your home!

This page holds a great deal of tips and links for different ways paper rolls can be reused in household, for gardening, kids crafts, etc. Hope you will find some new ways to save some money and be nature friendly with upcycling those paper rolls!

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Since I read this book, suddenly I had less trash around my home and now I spend a lot less money on different cleaning products! Yay!


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Household Tips

Extend Vacuum Cleaner Reach

Clever use of an empty wrapping paper tube!

Do you have a little spider pet living on your ceiling? If you're having trouble reaching cobweb on the ceiling with your regular vacuum cleaner attachment, try using a long, empty wrapping paper tube to extend the reach. Additionally, you can even crush the end of the paper tube to create a crevice tool and duct tape to make the connection airtight.

Keep Electrical Cords Tangle-Free

Use toilet paper tubes to stop tripping on cords lying around the house!

Keep computer and appliance cords tangle-free. Fanfold the cord and pass it through a toilet paper tube before plugging in. You can also use the tubes to store extension cords when they're not in use. Paper towel tubes will also work. Just cut them in half before using them to hold the cords.

Or this might happened to you also!!!

Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew and Reuse to Make Things Last

Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last
Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last

What should you recycle, renew, and reuse? Practically everything! Written in a cozy style, it covers every room in the house as well as outdoor sports and hobbies, lawn and garden, the home workshop and motor vehicles of all sorts.


Use As Kindling And Logs

Fire up those paper tubes!

Turn toilet paper and paper towel tubes into kindling and logs for your fireplace. For fire starter, use scissors to cut the cardboard into 1/8-inch (3-millimeter) strips. Keep the strips in a bin near the fireplace so they'll be handy to use next time you make a fire. To make logs, tape over one end of the tube and pack shredded newspaper inside. Then tape the other end. The tighter you pack the newspaper, the longer your log will burn.

Make Boot Trees

Simple trick with cardboard mailing tubes

To keep the tops of long, flexible boots from flopping over and developing ugly creases in the closet, insert cardboard mailing tubes into them to help them hold their shape.

Protect Important Documents

Keep documents tidy with paper towel tubes!

Before storing diplomas, marriage certificates, and other important documents in your cedar chest, roll them tightly and insert them in paper towel tubes. This prevents creases and keeps the documents clean and dry.

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Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste

Save money and extend the usefulness of virtually everything you own! This helpful book will show you hundreds of new ways to put everyday items to work in your home, garden and garage. Discover tricks for quick, easy fixes that you can do yourself instead of calling in an expensive repairman. Learn the suprising but practical uses for apples, banana peels, hair dryers, basting syringes, pantyhose, twist ties, shoulder pads, cardboard tubes, and even your dishwasher.


Store Knitting Needles

Simple use for cardboard tube

To keep your knitting needles from bending and breaking, try this: Use a long cardboard tube from kitchen foil or plastic wrap. Cover one end with cellophane tape. Pinch the other end closed and secure it tightly with tape. Slide the needles in through the tape on the taped end. The tape will hold them in place for secure, organized storage.

Store String

Strings wrapped around toilet paper tube

Nothing is more useless and frustrating than tangled string. To keep your string ready to use, cut a notch into each end of a toilet paper tube. Secure one end of the string in one notch, wrap the string tightly around the tube, and then secure the other end in the other notch.

Use Empty Toilet Paper Rolls as Hair Rollers

This actually works!

You can actually use empty toilet paper rolls to roll your hair. If you have shoulder length or longer hair, empty toilet paper rolls work perfectly. Use toilet paper rolls to roll you dry hair. You can use bobbie pins, or clips to hold in place. Leave it up for about an hour. When you unroll it, you'll have fuller, smoother, flowing hair, with soft curls at the bottom.

Organizing Hair Bands

Simple organizing tip with used paper roll

Use a cardboard toilet paper tube to organize elastic hair bands.

It never fails. You buy a bunch of elastic hair bands and they somehow disappear. Instead of losing them and then finding them all over the place, wrap them around a cardboard toilet paper tube. They will stay in one place and won't get stretched out.

Store Fabric Scraps

Simple storage solution with cardboard tube

Roll up leftover fabric scraps tightly and insert them inside a cardboard tube from your bathroom or kitchen. For easy identification, tape or staple a sample of the fabric to the outside of the tube.

Organize Underwear

Toilet paper rolls help from damage

Use a cardboard toilet paper tube to organize underwear when traveling in a car, bus, boat or train.

Instead of folding your underwear and having it get lost inside your luggage, put it inside a cardboard toilet paper tube. Obviously you'll need more then one tube to do this, but it works. The underwear stays in one place and if you have to open your luggage in front of other people, your underwear won't be exposed for the world to see.

Organize Socks and Pantyhose

Put baby socks into toilet paper tubes! Two pairs in each!

Each empty toilet roll core can hold a pair of pantyhose. Fold pantyhose to about palm-sized, and stuff it into the core. Each pantyhose should fit nicely into one core, without much of it dangling out. And when you travel, just pop as many filled cores as needed in the luggage, and don't worry about tearing the pantyhoses accidentally!

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Keep linens crease-free

Use long wrapping paper tubes!

Wrap tablecloths and napkins around cardboard tubes after laundering to avoid the creases they would get if they were folded. Use long tubes for tablecloths and paper towel or toilet paper tubes for napkins. To guard against stains, cover the tubes with plastic wrap first.

Keep pants crease-free

Put paper towel tube on the rack

You go to your closet for that good pair of pants you haven't worn in a while, only to find an ugly crease at the fold site from the hanger rack. It won't happen again if you cut a paper towel tube lengthwise, fold it in half horizontally, and place it over the rack before you hang up your pants. Before hanging pants, tape the sides of the cardboard together at the bottom to keep it from slipping.

Keep Christmas lights tidy

Wrap them around cardboard tube!

Spending more time untangling your Christmas lights than it takes to put them up? Make yuletide prep easier by wrapping your lights around a cardboard tube. Secure them with masking tape. Put small strands of lights or garlands inside cardboard tubes, and seal the ends of the tubes with masking tape.

Protect fluorescent lights

Use wrapping paper tubes for this!

Keep fluerescent light tubes from breaking before you use them. They will fit neatly into long cardboard tubes sealed with tape at one end.

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Organize Garbage Bags

Easy storage solution for garbadge bags!

Use a cardboard toilet paper tube to organize extra garbage bags by a garbage can.

Many people will keep a spare garbage bag somewhere near their bathroom garbage can or some other small garbage can so when the bag in the can is full it can immediately be replaced. Instead of having the bag just lying there on the floor, stuff it inside the cardboard toilet paper tube. Then take the tube and tape it to the back of the garbage can where it won't be visible.

Store Wax Candle Tapers

Protect them inside paper tubes

Bouncing around in a drawer often left candles broken, chipped, and soiled. Instead, wrap your wax candle tapers in tissue paper. Then slide them into a recycled toilet paper or a paper towel cardboard tube. Now your tapers will be protected in between uses.

Gardening Tips

Start seedlings

Save some money - use paper rolls!

Don't go to the garden supply store to buy biodegradable starting pots for seedlings. Just use the cardboard tubes from paper towels and toilet paper. Use scissors to cut each toilet paper tube into two pots, or each paper towel tube into four. Fill a tray with the cut cylinders packed against each other so they won't tip when you water the seedlings. This will also prevent them from drying out too quickly. Now fill each pot with seed-starting mix, gently pack it down, and sow your seeds. When you plant the seedlings, make sure to break down the side of the roll and make sure all the cardboard is completely buried. Step-by-step Guide to use paper rolls for seedlings at You Grow Girl!

Make a plant guard

Protect young tree with cardboard mailing tube

It's easy to accidentally scar the trunk of a young tree when you are whacking weeds around it. To avoid doing this, cut a cardboard mailing tube in half lengthwise and tie the two halves around the trunk while you work around the tree. Then slip it off and use it on another tree.

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Make a fly and pest strip

Make a homemade pest strip from paper roll tube

Get rid of pesky flies and mosquitoes with a homemade pest strip. Just cover an empty paper towel or toilet paper roll with transparent tape, sticky side out, and hang where needed.

Make a sheath

Protect yourself from cutting with paper rolls

Flatten a paper towel tube, duct tape one end shut, and you have a perfect sheath for a picnic / camp knife. Use toilet paper rolls for smaller cutlery.

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The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers: Based on the New York Times Column "Garden Q & A."

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Kiddy Craft Tips

Make a kazoo

With paper towel tube

Got a bunch of bored kids driving you crazy on a rainy day? Cut three small holes in the middle of a paper towel tube. Then cover one end of the tube with wax paper secured with a strong rubber band. Now hum into the other end, while using your fingers to plug one, two, or all three holes to vary the pitch. Make one for each kid. They may still drive you crazy, but they'll have a ball doing it!

Instant megaphone

Simple yet effective reusing tip!

Don't shout yourself hoarse when you're calling outside for a child or pet to come home right now. Give your vocal cords a rest by using a wide cardboard tube as a megaphone to amplify your voice.

Paper Tube Maracas

Take an empty paper towel or toilet paper tube. Cover one end with a small square of construction paper and fasten the square to the tube with a rubber band. Then fill the tube with dried beans or uncooked rice -- you can experiment with different amounts and with different materials (or combinations of materials) to create different sounds. Once you've placed the desired amount of beans or rice into the tube, cover the open end with a small square of construction paper and fasten it to the tube with a rubber band, creating a maraca. Then, wrap the entire tube with construction paper or white drawing paper, gluing it to the tube so that it's secure. You can then let your child decorate the paper with paint or markers so that it's fun and colorful. Make a whole bunch so that you can have a percussion section for your kitchen band!

Look What You Can Make With Tubes

Essential Learning Products Look What You Can Make with Tubes
Essential Learning Products Look What You Can Make with Tubes

Cardboard tubes are transformed into a vast array of toys, games, decorations and gifts.


Make a hamster toy

Pets love playing with paper rolls!

Place a couple of paper towel or toilet paper tubes in the hamster (or gerbil) cage. The little critters will love running and walking through them, and they like chewing on the cardboard too. When the tubes start looking ragged, just replace them with fresh ones.

Preserve kids' artwork

Simply roll it and put inside paper tube!

You want to save some of your kids' precious artwork for posterity (or you don't want it to clutter up the house). Simply roll up the artwork and place it inside a paper towel tube. Label the outside with the child's name and date. The tubes are easy to store, and you can safely preserve the work of your budding young artists.

Make Halloween Treats!

Halloween reuse idea for toilet paper rolls

"Treat tubes" make a fun and DIY alternative to store bought treat sacks and can be used at Halloween parties or given to trick-or-treaters. They're just big enough to fit things like fruit strips, candies, little toys, and mini Fair Trade chocolates. Plus, it's a great way to use up all those toilet paper tubes! You can see how to make a pillow box for candies here: Recycled Pillow Box Favors.

Build a toy log cabin

Different paper rolls make this even more interesting

Notch the ends of several long tubes with a craft knife and then help the kids build log cabins, fences, or huts with them. Use different-sized tubes for added versatility. For added realism, have the kids paint or color the tubes before construction begins. Find the instructions here.

Look What You Can Make With Newspapers, Magazines, and Greeting Cards

Look What You Can Make with Newspapers, Magazines, and Greeting Cards (Craft)
Look What You Can Make with Newspapers, Magazines, and Greeting Cards (Craft)

Newspapers uses papier-m ch techniques, decoupage, and cutting skills to make banks, clothed dolls, boxes, signs and cards, mobiles, etc. A switch-plate cover and a marble maze game are two of the more unusual ideas. Bottles, which requires potentially dangerous cutting procedures, only gives a safety warning in the introduction: "If you are having trouble cutting a container, ask for adult help." No warnings appear with individual projects, which combine plastic-container recyclables with paper, ribbon, fabric, buttons, and beads to make such items as bracelets, bookends, a desk aquarium, puppets, a playing-card holder, and decorative containers galore.


Making envelopes

Unique envelope from common paper tube

Without breaking it, you can flatten it and address it, then staple or (thoroughly!) tape the ends shut. As long as the postage and address are correct, it will go through the postal service as intended. It's a cool and creative way to make a unique envelope.

Make a castle...

with cardboard boxes and rolls

...using paper rolls and all sort of cardboard boxes. It will bring a lots of joy to kids. If kids are old enough they can even build it with you! Instructions are HERE!

Turn them into a building / construction tools!

This simple craft will bring much joy to kids!

With just couple toilet paper rolls, few pencils and hole punch, you can turn these ugly little things into something completely new and fun! Check this tutorial by Almost Unschoolers to get the complete instructions how to build your own TP roll building set!

And two more great play ideas found on this same blog:

Singing Tube Stomp Rocket

Squid Fishing

Crafter's Desk Organizer

Made of tissue box and paper rolls

Use cardboard tubes along with an empty cardboard tissue box to make a crafters desk organizer. Take the tissue box and snip the corners diagonally on the top,fold down the flaps to the inside and glue-this reinforces the box.Then take the tubes and cut them off so they are the same height as the box. Hot-glue (or use tacky-glue) in rows in the box (it takes about 15 toilet paper tubes). If you use a tissue box with a floral or decorator design it's very pretty. Then store all your markers,pens,glue sticks,scissors,hole punchers etc.on end in the tubes, within reach on your craftbench!

Paper roll characters

Paper roll characters
Paper roll characters

Make English crackers

Spirit of holidays with simple paper roll

Keep the spirit of holiday firecrackers but cut out the dangers associated with burning explosives. Use toilet paper tubes to make English crackers, which "explode" into tiny gifts. For each cracker, tie a string about 8 inches (20 centimeters) long around a small gift such as candy, a balloon, or a figurine. After tying, the string should have about 6 inches (15 centimeters) to spare. Place the gift into the tube so the string dangles out one end. Cover the tube with bright-colored crepe paper or tissue and twist the ends. When you pull the string, out pops the gift. Find out more about Christmas Crackers!

Don't forget!

Share what you learned!

Let's color the world in green!

If you know any new way of reusing TP rolls, and you don't see it listed on this page, please leave it here so everyone can use it!

And tell us: Reusing, recycling or wasting? What is your choice when this question is asked?

Have You Found a New Way to Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls... - ... wrapping paper rolls and all the other carboard rolls?

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      Spirality 3 years ago

      I never thought you could do so much with cardboard rolls. Great tips and ideas

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      tcaldy 3 years ago

      Great ideas. I recently thought of the seedling one. Was glad to see someone on the same page. Glad to find you in my search.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Wow! Whoda thunk? Love all the great ideas.

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      IanTease 3 years ago

      Can't believe how many uses there are for them. I generally use my as fire lighters

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      Lori Green 3 years ago from Las Vegas

      Wow this lens is good. I found it on one of my pinterest boards. Someone had repinned it there and it looked too interesting not to peek. Good job.

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      Mihaela Vrban 3 years ago from Croatia

      @tinac4242: Cats are such a playful little creatures! And it takes so little to make them happy! :)

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      tinac4242 3 years ago

      We let our cat play with the rolls when we were done with them. Brought many hours of laughter watching her play.

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      Mihaela Vrban 3 years ago from Croatia

      @AcornOakForest: Thank you! :) Yes, it's one of the great things about creativity: creating a new purpose for things you would usually trash! And, it doesn't have to be anything complicated! My little 2 year old girl just spent hour of fun with slipping a small ball through the paper roll! :) Simple as that!

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      Mihaela Vrban 3 years ago from Croatia

      @cutethings: O_o Thank you!

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      Mihaela Vrban 3 years ago from Croatia

      @ItayaLightbourne: Awesome! :) If you think of something else how to reuse them, please come back and share! ;)

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      Mihaela Vrban 3 years ago from Croatia

      @TapIn2U: Right? :) And there are more to be found, I'm sure! It's always great to see how people can get creative and repurpuse such a dull thing like a paper roll!

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      Mihaela Vrban 3 years ago from Croatia

      @Cynthia Haltom: Thank you! I save all of them too! Even persuaded my parents and my sister's family to save them. :) Just collected full bag of different paper rolls to give away to our local kindergarten! Kids there can turn them into some great things!

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Wow! That's a lot of ways of reusing paper rolls. Thanks for the tips! Sundae ;-)

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      Mihaela Vrban 3 years ago from Croatia

      @LauraCarExpert: If you managed to find a way to save and reuse some of the tp rolls, that's great! :)

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      LauraCarExpert 3 years ago

      This is awesome, great stuff!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      You have some very good ideas. I save the rolls and always find something to do with them. My husband uses them to store electrical cords, they can then be store neatly.

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      JennieR 4 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Great ideas for reusing paper rolls! I found a few suggestions I hadn't thought of. :)

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      cutethings 4 years ago

      I love your lens. There are so many great ideas what to do with paper rolls. I'll be back. Pinned and blessed.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I would have never thought of some of these. Wow! Excellent collection of creative and practical ideas. Blessed

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just thinking of all these uses for toilet paper rolls makes my head spin ;)

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      loo - verly lens. I plant seeds as you suggest, and in egg boxes. I'm going to your egg box lens next - and I bet you suggest it. Recycling is SO important - thanks for sharing these ideas.

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      ankitpaliwal 4 years ago

      Very Creative and Informational idea about the rolls we used in daily life....

      Eco friendly too!!

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      Interesting ideas. I think I'll definitely try keeping power cables tidy using an old loo roll.

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      ZenSquid 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      rjnjlly 4 years ago

      Very creative and green ideas. Never thought paper rolls could have such wide uses. Thanks for sharing.

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      xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

      Good way to recycle!!

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      Jeri Baker 4 years ago

      Who knew you could use them for so many things! I gathered many ideas from your lens. Thank you.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Lots of great ideas. Blessed!!

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      Ankushvchoudhary 4 years ago

      thanks for post great information...

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      Ankushvchoudhary 4 years ago

      thanks for post great information about health!!

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      DecoratingMom411 4 years ago

      Never thought of this before. Thanks for sharing this interesting idea!

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Hi I am new to Squidoo. I guess I signed up a year ago but forgot about the site. So, I do not have any lens yet but will soon.

      I love this Lens. You have some great suggestions for reusing toilet paper rolls. I reuse them as mold for ceramics, well not really molds. When I am sculpting I need something that will hold up what I am working on. As well, a piece has to be hollow otherwise it will shatter into pieces when fired. Toilet paper and paper towels rolls are perfect for this. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tips.

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      nasph lm 4 years ago

      Great lens, thanks!

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      libely 4 years ago

      Great article!! :)

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      So many good ideas to reuse those rolls! Thanks for sharing this great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use the large cardboard tubes (i.e., paper towel sized) when I chill large sheets of pie pastry or sheets of cookie dough. What I do is (1) center the ball of dough in between two large layers of cling film or saran wrap, (2) flatten to desired thickness with rolling pin, and (3) wrap the dough/pastry sheet (cling film and all) around the cardboard tube. Unlike folding the dough/pastry sheet, this strategy prevents creasing and cracking!

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      I loved your tips, I must admit I don't recycle at all my paper rolls

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      tie 2 together and use for binoculars for your kids for playtime outdoors.

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      jessjohnson lm 4 years ago

      I'm amazed. Great lens! Thanks for sharing! Keep it up.

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      So many resources in this lens! Wonderful!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We don't have any were to resycle ours over in England yet, we do have the tip but our services only take, glass and paper so cardboards thrown away. However I do some times use them for my hamsters! And was saving them for my daughter but she never uses the, They get left everywhere.

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

      Great idea for starting off seedlings. I'll be using that one.

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      air ambulance s 4 years ago

      So amazing! This is so creative and eco-friendly. Thanks for sharing! Now I don't have to throw away all my rolls. Great job!

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      webgrafter lm 4 years ago

      The work well in a paper briquette maker too

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This may seem 'wasteful' to you, but I use the rolls AND the paper as toys for my dogs. My Lab loves when I use a roll as a megaphone. She will 'howl' back at me & can't wait until I give it to her to tear up. The Chihuahua loves the noise of the paper & loves for me to roll it up & throw it for her to tear up. They also like empty boxes from when I am cooking. The dogs do not tear up anything that I don't give them to tear up. I think it is because I do give them things they can tear up. Yes, it makes a mess, but it is 'toys' for the dogs that didn't cost me anything.

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      vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

      Now that I know so many different ways of making use of toilet rolls, I can never think of wasting toilet rolls. Thanks for sharing.

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      wildhaired 4 years ago

      great ideas on how to reuse. Go green

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      Sabasti 4 years ago

      I've recently used mine to make tiki's. I also annoy my dogs by using them as a didgeridoo.

      Excellent lens, Can't wait to try some of these ideas...

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      AngelDey 4 years ago

      Amazing lens! Very thorough. I've found many new uses for paper rolls. Thanks so much!

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      georgeac lm 4 years ago

      Amazing lens, kudos for curating so many uses.

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      bwet 4 years ago

      Wow... you are really thorough with this lens. Can't believe the amount of uses for a paper roll!

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      wecomparebooks 4 years ago

      Very creative!

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      MrInfopreneur 4 years ago

      make a robot

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the idea of using them to keep electric cords neat and from getting tangled. Thanks

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      Debi Jones 5 years ago from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

      Such a fun lens with great ideas! thanks for sharing this!

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks! Now I want to get creative with paper rolls :-D

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      WinWriter 5 years ago

      I like reusing. Really liked all the ideas here and there were several I hadn't thought of. Especially liked the idea of using the rolls to start seedlings. Blessed!

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      AngelaKane 5 years ago

      Right now I throw the rolls away, I never even thought of the ideas above. The suggestions are great and I could definitely use a lot of them. Very good lens.

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      thesocialidiot 5 years ago

      Wow! I never would have imagined there were so many uses for used rolls

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      BillHouston 5 years ago

      These are some great ideas... My wife and I already reuse our TP rolls to sort our Xmas tree lights as you mentioned, but we look forward to utilizing more of your suggestions soon, thanks!

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Wow, what a lot of great ideas here! I choose reusing!

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      fdurham 5 years ago

      Some creative and useful ideas here. I had not thought of using paper rolls for curlers but I can see how it works. Thanks for sharing.

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      winter aconite 5 years ago

      never thought you could do so much with cardboard rolls....great ideas!!!!

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      sellhousefastusa 5 years ago

      Not sure if my comment went through so doing it again, ( The tips presented here with what to do with those rolls were eye opening and some I can see employing them )

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      sellhousefastusa 5 years ago

      Some interesting ideas given here thanks for the tips

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My pet gerbils love the home made crackers we make for them inside an empty toilet paper roll, you put a treat inside like their favorite cereal, then wrap it with kitchen towelling and voila! A delicious treat to keep them busy with!

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      SellClean 5 years ago

      I thought they were just good for pretending to trumpet! haha Great lens! Thank you!

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      glutenallergy 5 years ago

      I recently learned about using an empty roll for storing cords. Works great for that! Thanks for sharing these other ideas.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I thought I knew some good ways to reuse TP rolls, but you have blown me out of the water -- hats off!! This was a fascinating lens, with many ideas I will put into immediate use! Thanks so much!! Great job!!

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      Toni Grundstrom 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Who knew there were so many ways to reuse a toilet paper roll. Blessed.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Yes! Thank you for these many helpful ideas. This is a remarkable article.

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Some great ideas here! Some I wouldn't ever use, but a few are golden. Thank you!

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      That is wonderful! Looks like a lot of fun :)

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      ElectricCarBuff 5 years ago

      You've had me fascinated for ages here! Reusing and recycling I love. This is great because I always throw them out. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      mnov5534 5 years ago

      Very creative lens, I've got some great ideas now, thanks for sharing!! :-)

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      tw006e6375 5 years ago

      Some rodent pets need toilet paper rolls for two purposes one to use a tunnels that substitute for burrows, the other is so that they can gnore them to wear their teeth down. They get through quiet a few of these items in a week so don't through your toilet roll spools away give them to someone that needs them for their rodents.Tom

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      drinkbiogif 5 years ago

      That is one heck of a list. I like the cord holder myself.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Nice lens ! Thanks for sharing!

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      mivey8 5 years ago

      You really have some great idea for the paper rolls. I think this is a great lens. I am new here and if I knew how to squid like it, I surely would.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Great info. Thanks!

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Who knew? Every time I look for ideas for crafts an engenious Squidoo Lensmaster has ore! Thank you!!

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      ara-bella 5 years ago

      Thanks for letting me in your roll heaven. Your tips and ideas are great and those paper roll characters are too cute! great lens!

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      So many amazing ways to reuse paper rolls and creative! Love the pillow boxes and will have to keep this for reference. Thanks for sharing it.

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      PoeticChristian 5 years ago

      Great lens and great ideas but I already have lots of projects I have to start soon. Thanks for sharing.

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. I always feel bad throwing these away, now I can see the many uses for it

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      VisFeminea 5 years ago

      I just Recycled two Paper Rolls and I was thinking that I have to find new ways to Reuse Paper Rolls and that it would be so Cool if there would be One Site with Lots of Ideas. And here it is!!! THX!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Using loo rolls as hair rollers, who would have thought!

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Great idea! This would be a good way to keep kids busy too (with the instruments out of paper rolls) and it'd be inexpensively too :)

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Astonishing lens. So many ideas I am afraid I will go out of paper rolls... Thumbs up!

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      weeblytutorials 5 years ago

      This lens is frickin awesome! Thank you!

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      howtotextagirlyoulike 5 years ago

      Those are some great uses for toilet rolls.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas. I have to make tissue box and paper rolls dolls with my granddaughters. They will get a kick out of saving the paper rolls for this project. I am definitely into reusing and recycling whenever I can. Cheers.

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      Jennie Hennesay 5 years ago from Lubbock TX

      Great variety of recycling options!

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      truorder 5 years ago

      Wow! Over the top with Paper rolls! So many uses.

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      tw006e6375 5 years ago

      They are also useful if you have pet rodents as they control their teeth growth by chewing them and they also use them as burrows,Tom

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really fantastic ideas! Great lens!

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      arunadavis 5 years ago

      Big Believer of Reduce/Reuse/Recycle - A ton of useful info on this lens! I am definitely coming back to re-read again!

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      karen vance loudermilk 5 years ago from charleston wv

      great lens, I enjoyed and learned a few things.

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      ImpartialGreg 5 years ago

      DIY rocks! Recycling just makes sense!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      First REDUCE, then REUSE and as a last resort RECYCLE! Thanks for a great lens. Who would have thought you could do so darn many things with toilet paper rolls?

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      armidabooks 5 years ago

      very nice ideas, thanks

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Great lens! As kids we used paper towel rolls as make believe telescopes, our favorite characters were Pirates so we would color the rolls with crayons to make them unique to us,we would then use plastic wrap on the ends secured with rubber bands as the lens. Thanks for helping to bring back some fond memories!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice idea..! Thanks for ones marvelous posting!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      interesting lens!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Excellent ideas... and so many of them too, thanks for sharing!

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Cool ideas -- and a really great lens. Congrats on making the top 100!

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      nelsonkana 5 years ago

      Nice lens here. Am taking a tour of top lenses. This is one of them. I like it.

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      therence 5 years ago

      It really make sense to lessen our garbage..Nice lens......

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      nelsonkana 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Today am exploring top lens. Your lens is interesting and informative.

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      elizathielker 5 years ago

      I love the seedlings idea. Shall be using that. We used to have a shed full of plant pots, but I left home and now I have none. So toilet tubes to the rescue. Brilliant idea. Great lens

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      wow. nice lens. I have recycling info in my lens. Welcome to see it.

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      My daughter is an avid maker of "stuff" so the rolls go to her. I mis-read part of this lens and read it as paper tube mascara I was one confused puppy for a second! Love the idea of using them to put your underwear in on journeys, oh and the bit about putting them on cloth hangers to stop the creasing. Brill ideas. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      I have just adapted two of your MANY re-uses for paper tubes- storing garbage bags and starting seedlings! Love both ideas (and all the rest) Great lens- Thanks! stop by and say hello!

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      Traceeshobbies 5 years ago

      I like your ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice Idea

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the paper towel roll crafts - my daughter always enjoys doing those.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I think the cable storage idea is the best one. You don't have to find a zip tie anymore to fold your cables over!

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      BookItOut 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. Never know toilet paper rolls can have so many uses!

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      dsway 5 years ago

      I reuse my paper rolls for many years now and it was great to find out so many people that also find them useful, I've included this website link in my blog as reference on a page about my latest toilette roll uses > Ds WAY >


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      IngridA1 5 years ago

      I never knew there were so many uses for rolled cardboard!! LOVE your lens! I'm going to try the extension cord idea tomorrow and I do use them as a mega phone, hehe for my dog, he goes big oooogaha and he's tripping over himself with glee

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I use my tp rolls as candle moulds. Drip wax onto some wax paper and stick the roll on so it is upright. Wait until the wax dries so it will hold the roll into place. Put some mould release inside the roll. Put the wick in the roll. Then pour melted wax into it. Once it dries, you can slip the candle out.

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      ChrisImamshah 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed that handy list of alternative uses for cardboard paper tubes. I think I'll try the electric cord one really soon as I hate to see them all in a bunch looking like a mess.

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      Wow! So many applications. Great ideas! Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome! Super love it. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      Thank you for being my mentor all this time. If it wasn't for your leadership, inspiration and all that GREAT fun we had during giant squid challenges - because of you - I would never have gotten to where I am. I am grateful that God blessed me with your friendship. Best wishes!

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      flutestar123 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for being an encouraging lens master and inviting me to my first group a few years ago while I was still learning the ropes of squidoo.

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I'm one of those people who keep the Cling film roll for 'something' or 'other' LOL

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      Hrsshoe 5 years ago

      enjoyed your lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The vacuum trick is so simple yet so useful.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i use it for gardening. put some humus soil into the rolls and plant the seed. make sure that you have watered the bottom of the roll. then wait and see.

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      ctavias0ffering1 5 years ago

      Just stopping by to thank you for all the help you have given on Squidoo, you are undoubtedly a Squidoo Treasure.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Wow, so many uses. I like the fly strip idea. Well done

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      kingsrookie lm 5 years ago

      I like using them in the garden! Helps with some pests and a great way to start plants but it looks like you have that part covered!

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      camaster 5 years ago

      The paper roll characters are awesome! That's what I call good and creative recycling. Really inspiring. Thanks for that!

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      detectivepi 5 years ago

      Hah, very creative. I gotta spread this, there are soooo many things you can do with them when your really think about. This will help spark some ideas of my own.

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      about_insurance 5 years ago

      Great ideas with simple things....LOL I love it and like to see more of that !

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      kjbranch77 5 years ago

      Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      I just love visiting this page ~ so many great ideas. Favorites are the paper roll animals. LOL You can wrap TP rolls in tissue paper & twist the ends so they look like big wrapped candies or like firecrackers. Decorate with stickers or use gift wrap leftovers. =) Blessed by an Angel.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      My vote is to use them for my hamsters and rats... this is already mentioned above so good work. They love playing with them!

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      ilovehaagendazs 5 years ago

      i know i used paper roll when I was kids for school projects. Other than that, I just throw away.

      Nice sharing. lol.

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      I never thought of using a wrapping paper roll to extend the vacuum reach. Great ideas.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Nice lens, you put a lot of work into something most people don't give much thought to.

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      Serenity30 5 years ago

      Thank you for doing this lens, I have always thought about re using TP tubes. They seem ideal for crafting projects.

      Great lens!

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      Luvnit 5 years ago

      Wow I would never had imagined there are so many thing TP tubes could be used for, great lens... thanks for sharing!

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      Vicki 5 years ago from USA

      Well, I guess I can finally let my skeleton out of the closet. A few years ago I had a really nice garden, but cutworms began eating the stalks of several plants. I did a little research on natural ways to get rid of and prevent these nasty critters, and the easiest and most frugal preventive method I found was to dig a shallow hole in the ground, place a TP roll in the hole, then plant a seedling inside the TP roll. The cardboard tube is supposed to last long enough for the seedling to grow throughout the season, preventing the cutworms from climbing the stalk and mutilating it. My dad and brother thought I was nuts when I asked them to save their TP tubes for me, but then every time we visited they had always had a bag full of them. The following spring I wasn't able to start a garden, but I had a butt load of empty toilet paper rolls that I put in the back of a closet. I still don't have a garden, but I am armed and ready for those cutworms when I do start up another garden! I love your lens and all the creative ways of reusing empty paper rolls! Bookmarked and thumbs up. ~Vicki~

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Just returning to add a little angel blessing and let you know that this lens has been added to my Upcycling Ideas lens.

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      embrycreations 5 years ago

      I filled a shoebox with toilet paper rolls and use this to organize small cables I have around the office. Great lens and tips!

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      littlelotus 5 years ago

      wow, great lens... I'll never throw paper rolls again.... thanks for the creative ideas ;)

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      legaleze 5 years ago

      very creative. Never what have thought of some of those ideas

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      Lauren 5 years ago from Florida

      Very nice--never thought of ANY of these!

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      aussieremovals 5 years ago

      Wow such a great idea. Great lens!

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      Formosangirl LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I have these rolls everywhere. I just don't have the heart to throw them away. I am hoping to ask some teachers and give them away for their art projects.

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      vermontmom 5 years ago

      Forgive me for not having a use to add, but I just had to say what a great lens! Lots of fresh ideas! I love the one about the vacuum extender as my kids are always planning with the one that actually go to my vacuum. No I think they can make themselves a play vacuum!

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      christydeena 5 years ago

      My 3-year-old has independently discovered the joy of playing with toilet paper rolls. Lately his miniature toy dinosaurs use them as a cave to hide in (from the bigger dinosaurs, of course). It'll be fun trying out some of these new ideas with him, thanks for sharing!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Some really fun, funny, useful and bizarre ideas for toilet rolls. Enjoyed this lens, thanks.

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      Paul Turner 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Nice lens!

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      very interesting and enjoyable lens...

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I lOVe your idea on the undewear, hamster (etc small animal) 'toy' & the Pillow boxes.

      I'll have to try that pillow box bit. Maybe I can even somhow incorporate them into making Tissue Ghosts decorations for halloween

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      scaguy 5 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Rammelfirdaus 5 years ago

      Wow... really... so many uses of reuse toilet paper rolls.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent! Best wishes :)

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      purnimamoh 5 years ago

      Hi, this is a really wonderful lens. Appreciate your concern for the green use of waste things.


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      nabsy lm 5 years ago

      reuse, reuse and then recycle. thank you for this, I now have a way of storing electrical wires. great lens! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, there are some really great ideas here for reusing paper rolls, thanks a bunch!

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      kl2534 5 years ago

      Great ideas for hours of kid time.

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      Asinka Fields 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Lovely lens, great idea and good presentation ...

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      TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

      Clever lens! My wife loved it and picked up extra tips for uses of TP rolls. Very practical advice, thank you for sharing.

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      iMANDY 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Excellent Lens! My 7 year old daughter is very creative with our toilet paper rolls, I will show her these pictures you have of the animals etc, she will love them and surely create them in her own way! :)

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      iQwestArticles 5 years ago

      What a great lens! It's amazing what can be done and how we make our personal footprint on this earth "greener" when we actually take the time to be conscientious about caring for our environment. I'm all for cutting down on waste by reusing and recycling!

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      Shamim Rajabali 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow!! Great tips here. Will be come back to read more. Thanks

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Some great ideas. Thank you. I always found toilet paper and paper towel rolls to be great toys for hamsters as well!

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      tonihayes 5 years ago

      Great Lens! I've been using mine to start seedlings for years and the rest as kindling for the fire, but I never even thought of most of the other uses you mention - great ideas!

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      postingbits 5 years ago

      Hello, I will be revisiting your lens for more ideas on how to use loo rolls. There were a couple of ideas that reminded me of past events, one was, I have used loo rolls to effectively grow sweet pea seedlings in. This works very well and when the seedling is ready to be planted out, you just plant the whole lot. The second idea was concerning the hamster toys, when I was little I had a hamster called Garfield and we would put loo rolls in his cage for him to play with. One gloomy day we noticed we hadn't seen him for a few days, we dug around in his bedding, pulled out the loo roll and found him stuck inside! he died, poor thing. Anyway, great lens! :)

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      mgs249 5 years ago

      I like the suggestion of making envelopes. I never thought of this. It is cardboard after all. Thanks.

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      grifith 5 years ago

      Very Good Lens

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      I tried making a rocket out of a toilet paper roll when I was a kid.... It didn't work out like I thought it would. I should've tried the "seedling garden" you mentioned above. Great idea!

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      catherinenbrooks 5 years ago

      Good collection into the lens.Its all of this very usable.Thanks for done...

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      profilesincolor 5 years ago

      Caring, Creative, Cool! :-)

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      Michelle77 LM 5 years ago

      this is a really nice lens...many great ideas & info. :)

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      NZHarris 5 years ago

      This lens is fantastic! Well done, well done indeed!

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      coach_moreno 5 years ago

      I would have never thought of these things.


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      erieconstructio1 5 years ago

      Recycling is big for my family, so any way to reuse mundane items instead of tossing them in the trash is a great way to pass the lesson on to your children. Great lense!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great uses here for TP rolls! I have made toilet paper binoculars for my grandkids. There's a tutorial on my Kids Recycle Projects lens.

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      AsianMarketplace 5 years ago

      I'm impressed!

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      VerdantGreen 5 years ago

      Try to have the mindset that everything has a 2nd life. Great work!

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Looks crafty and fun!

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      AigulErali 5 years ago

      This is a really fun lens! Thumbs up.

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      HomeTeam411com 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      frugalfurguy 6 years ago

      I answered your poll "Just throw them away," but it's actually more complicated than that. City I live in doesn't recycle that material. It composts it. I would think recycling would be a more responsible option, but they say there's no market to buy the stuff to recycle. Is the market synonymous with waste? Thanks for the wonderfully quirky ideas!

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      abiralo 6 years ago

      Amazing! Lovely.... thanks for your sharing

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      Dalmain 6 years ago

      Just loving the crafts for kids ... my grandson would just go bonkers building a castle and creating knights, kings and dragons ... to bring it to life.

      There are so many great idea's here ... thanks so much for sharing ! 8o)

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      Mar88 6 years ago

      I love your idea for the seedling. It really helped me much because my husband and I are into gardening. We are planting vegetables at our backyard for a cheap but healthy foods.

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      Janet-Lee 6 years ago

      Great Lens, I also love the seedling idea, I've bookmarked you.

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      MojoTheAwesome 6 years ago

      Wow, this was great, never knew there were so many uses for empty toilet paper rolls

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      AngelaDaun 6 years ago

      Great ideas! I loved the idea about the seedlings:)

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      don2fuentes 6 years ago

      This is clever! I could start a business like this at home. I actually throw a lot of used rolls. Now I'm thinking twice. thumbs up!

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      Kasandra 6 years ago

      That's really creative! I hope you post more on ways to make use out of things we typically throw away!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So many ideas to reuse toilet paper. I like the idea "paper roll animals"! Very creative lens!

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      GiftCardExchange 6 years ago

      I am always intrigued by the creativity of people.

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      julietarot lm 6 years ago

      I'm going to try the growing-seedlings-in-a-tube idea- it seems quite good. Interesting lens with lots of good ideas!

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      greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      Well what can I say wow really good lens. Yep I do my bit all the kitchen rolls inners I reuse them for when I am sending our gift wrapping paper it works like a treat and I feel I am doing a bit for the environment.

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      speaktolearn 6 years ago

      Been wondering what I can do with used paper rolls!

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      CelinaHamm 6 years ago

      Great ideas and lens!!! Like tdansin, I really liked the seedling idea, will definitely try that.

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      IlyaPivchenko 6 years ago

      My Dog like to eat rolls, it's more better than my shoes))

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      tdansin 6 years ago

      I really like the seed starting idea.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. Thank for this.

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      achraf lm 6 years ago

      some of these ideas are just amazing!

      thanks a lot.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the excellent ideas. I'll be sure to recommend this lens.

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      Great lens. I use them for my miniatures.

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      FunkyJewelleryUK 6 years ago

      Great green lens! I make my own bangles out of loo rolls. People are always amazed! Added this to my favourites :)

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Some of these are really creative! wow :)

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      Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

      Haha absolutely cool ideas. Great lens!

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      Sara Valor 6 years ago from Breezy Hills

      I had absolutely no idea you could do so much more with a paper towel roll or a toilet paper roll. Thanks!

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I ship a lot of small items. I put the item in the roll and then put the roll in the package. It helps protect the item during shipping. Interesting lens. I have one, a little more silly at times, DUMPSTER DIVING FOR FOOD AND PROFIT...ha!

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      sdtechteacher 6 years ago

      These are great ideas! I like how you made characters out of tp rolls, and animals, too. These would be fun at a green birthday party (making a lens for that now). Nicely done!

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      The tips that were shown here in this lens about recycling toilet paper rolls is great. It is good to recycle, knowing that you've just help our planet. Bless you for sharing such a wonderful lens!

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      sfgcatering 6 years ago

      great ideas...

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      JanezKranjski 6 years ago

      I had no idea that they can be reused. I was recycling them until now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wonderful ideas

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      Snakesmom 6 years ago

      Wow! There are really some great uses for those empty rolls in here, nice job!

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      tuesdayblues 6 years ago

      what an inspirational lens! i think we can be creative about the way we reuse and recycle everyday items!!

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      RubyRavn LM 6 years ago

      Wow! Great ideas - never really thought of all the uses for such a simple object!

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      djroll 6 years ago

      Fantastic ideas! I will be going camping this summer. I'm going to fill up some rolls with my shreadded documents! Thanks! Sharing this on my facebook page.

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      Junick 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! Great lens!

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      LensSeller 6 years ago

      As a confirmed recycler I thought I knew something about recycling but I've learned a whole load more after reading your excellent lens. I would never have thought that a recycled roll could have so many different uses!

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      Kompressionsstrumpf 6 years ago

      We always used Paper Rolls to build star-trek shipps! so much fun...

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Right now most of my rolls get recycled, but I will definitely be using some of the ideas you have included here to start reusing them. Great lens!! :)

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      Tiggered 6 years ago

      Bunch of really good ideas! Thumbs up :)

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      jim-s lm 6 years ago

      I like making stand alone dolls.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      My daughter likes to put her arms through empty toilet paper rolls and pretend she's a robot, it's the cutest thing ever

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      HealthyBodee LM 6 years ago

      This is brilliant! I wish I had come across this when my kids were small. We used to do lots of crafts and you have some brill ideas!

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      Really cool ideas. :D I think I might start using them to organize my socks and underwear!

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      This is really cool!! Great ideas! Lensrolled to my Think Outside The Box lens and Angel Blessed!

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      This Is real good!. I love your idea's. Even the video with the bowling, my brothers use to do that. Just love the paper roll animals. I can't think of anything that you don't already have covered. Great lens..

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      Megz-e 6 years ago

      @sustainableartist: One can make a whole bedroom suite with tp rolls. Use anything like glass/mirrors/handles/paint/glue to spice it up and decorate. Amazing how strong tp rolls are. I love your lens.

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      Gripandflip 6 years ago

      Pretty cool and interesting lens.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Wow!! I am MAJOR impressed! Who would have thought? I love the idea and am going to save them now for ribbons and I like your kazoo too~ so cute.

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      Kaafscorner 6 years ago

      Now I know not to throw away my toilet paper rolls - thanks for sharing!

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      Angelina 6 years ago from California

      awesome ideas1

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      I save them to build props or stages for my photographs and for Christmas lights; other times I donate them to schools, they use them for crafts. There are wonderful ideas here that I never thought of, will use them for some of these wonderful storage ideas :)

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      SquidooMBA 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great way to use such an unimportant or easily forgotten item. It also gives me great activities to do with the kids.

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      MomTips 6 years ago

      Wonderful!!Thank you!

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      muyenp lm 6 years ago

      great way to put such a simple item to creative use. A much better alternative than just throwing those rolls away, and letting it go to waste.

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      The lens title drew me in. This lens is very creative and useful. What great ideas for such a mundane item. I wish I could give it two "Thumbs Up".

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      BarbaraCasey 6 years ago

      Great lens with loads of ideas. I wonder if there are chemicals in the cardboard rolls that would be an issue for seedlings.

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      Miss_Organic 6 years ago

      We use them for seed starting. Then the rest of the year, I run them through the shredder and use it as mulch around my veggie garden to control weeds. Since it is heavier than regular shredded paper, I usually don't have any problems with it blowing away.

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      bojasna 6 years ago

      Awesome lens, with a lot of ideas and information, I will definitely reuse toilet paper rolls now :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have see one of my friends use a toilet paper roll as a long lens for his camera to take rounded shots of his friends. The pictures were great looking. I liked the idea of using them for holding hair bands, and I use the paper towel rolls too for my son's artwork. Nice ideas.

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      Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Yes! Brilliant lens.

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      christopherlee lm 6 years ago

      Good tips.

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      SolutionInYou 6 years ago

      Great ideas! My favorite was storing electrical cords and cables. I have a ton of those and will employ that tip immediately. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am a recycler of old, but you stopped me with the very first two tips. I had never thought of using these cardboard tubes as extensions for my vacuum cleaner hose OR as a way to store electrical cords. Can't believe I hadn't thought of either of those! Excellent ideas for reuse of paper rolls.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      I never thought paper rolls can be so useful! I just throw them away when finished!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      wow! Thanks! I'm definitely going to try some of these!

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      remax5star 6 years ago

      Amazing lens! Thank you!

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      laladida88 6 years ago

      Fun and useful

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      Leeston 6 years ago

      Really liked the idea of re-using the toilet roll as seedling starters.

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      sugunalinus 6 years ago

      Fantastic ideas. Would really be of good use to save the earth.

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      HiatusBath 6 years ago

      I see several things that I'll be using my old TP rolls for. My oldest son would especially enjoy making the TP fort!

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      nancymcconnell 6 years ago

      Love your lens, Kudos!!!

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      i like these tips and it keeps more waste out of landfills

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      sustainableartist 6 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens and for promoting reuse! Recycling has become such a buzzword, it's great to see info on reusing, which saves many more resources :)

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      A Dolores Pepper 6 years ago

      Thank you for a very informative lens. Excuse me if I giggled a little, folks have come up with some clever ideas.

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      dwnovacek 6 years ago

      A great lens with so many wonderful ideas. I had no idea how useful those paper rolls could be! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I use the long ones from the kitchen to roll my Christmas lights but I never would have thought there were so many other uses. Somebody's been very creative.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Lots of great ideas here to use up those cardboard tubes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! Amazing money saving tips - Thank You

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Lots of great ideas! Thank you.

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      WOW! Lots of uses: some of them very creative indeed.

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      AllieMcc 6 years ago

      Great resource! Thanks for all these creative ideas!

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      leathersleepersofa 6 years ago

      thanks,Nice lens

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      Craftybegonia 6 years ago

      Amazing things to make with those humble little rolls! Nice lens.

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      chinalong 6 years ago

      Very good lens, I love it. Thank you! ! Keep it up! ! !

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      AHERMITT LM 6 years ago

      I will gladly reuse paper towel rolls, but won't touch toilet paper rolls considering where they have been and the fact that they have been touched with less than clean hands.

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      wilhb81 lm 6 years ago

      A very creative idea to reuse these paper rolls. It's definitely much better, than throw it away into dustbin...

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      Joy Lynskey 6 years ago from Moneta, Va

      Incredible info here! Organizing Hair Bands!! Such a great idea!

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      Aika 6 years ago

      very informative! I have a couple of tote bags and I use them for shopping/grocery instead of using plastic bags. Small things but brings big difference. :)

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      Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      I'm going to try some of these with my 4 year old daughter. Thanks.

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      DrinkMoreVin 6 years ago

      Very cute projects!

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      artgoodman lm 6 years ago

      Great info in your lens. Lots of great tips. I really enjoyed the paper roll characters and the paper roll animals

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Heaps and heaps of great idea here. My bunnies love playing with toilet paper rolls, they're light enough to toss and easily roll about.

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      People think of the darnest things. Who would have thought, so many uses for toilet paper rolls.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      wow, so many ideas there is noe excuse for throwing them away any more

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I never thought of this..great lens

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      BodiEko 6 years ago

      these are some great ideas for reuse pepper roll that usually end up in the trash.

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      manndtp 6 years ago

      Excellent lens with lots of great ideas.

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      gamesngames 6 years ago

      i love this lens

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      enabdesigns 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas. Who would have thought of so many great uses for cardboard rolls!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your lens. you have a lot of great ideas on reusing paper rolls.

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      Jen 6 years ago from California

      Great ideas! I love the paper roll animals - definitely a project to do with my son!

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      We stuff our loo roll cores with timothy hay or oat hay for our guinea pigs. It's so much healthier and more fun than most store-bought piggy treats. (For anyone else who tries this--slit the cardboard tube lengthwise so the piggies can't get their heads stuck in it.) Some of these crafty ideas sound like a lot of fun if the piggies leave any cores for us humans.

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      chrissuard lm 6 years ago

      great information. I used to always use them for breeding crickets.

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Some very interesting ideas here! I've always just burnt them in the fire...

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      AllyVuitton 6 years ago

      A you said: useful, but strange!

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      Anwarart 6 years ago

      In the past, I've always given the rolls to my gerbils and hamsters, but thanks to this lens I have a bunch of new ways to reuse them. Awesome job! :)

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I am returning as a SquidAngel to Bless this lens, it was one of the first lenses I ever read, and apart from the ideas it gave me, yes I am growing my seedlings using loo rolls this year! It is a wonderful informative quality lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is an AMAZING list of things to do with old toilet paper rolls... really a great job.

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      shadezofmichelle 6 years ago

      This is really awesome and so creative.

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      SmBizGuru LM 6 years ago

      About the only one I had ever heard of is to use it to wrap & organize electrical cords. I am AMAZED and all the things you can do with TP rolls?

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Really cool ideas on reusing paper rolls! Never thought of so many myself :(.

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      Pmona LM 6 years ago

      A thought provoking lens with creative and innovative ideas on ways to reuse/recycle. I've donated many TP rolls to my kids elementary school for art projects. Sadly, I don't have any new ideas to add to you list.

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      surviving-2012 6 years ago

      I reuse my rolls as toys for the kids. They love them more than their expensive store bought toys. Thanks for the ideas.

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      humeruswares 6 years ago

      This is a great article! I am very impressed and excited to put some of these ideas into effect. I personally end up throwing them away or using them for composting, but I think I've got some projects coming up :)

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      MiseryBusiness519 6 years ago

      Very Creative! Thnaks for Sharing :)

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I love the cardboard castle!

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      Enigmaa8 6 years ago

      Brilliant lens some creative ideas to reuse what you already have and give a new lease of life into stuff that we would otherwise think are worthless. Love the seedling idea must try it. I also use paper towel tubes inside a shoe box to keep my bangles organised :)

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      LOL "Welcome to loo roll heaven." Fun description!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      If I could thumb it again I would!! We can't do anything with ours for the rabbit loves throwing them around and then shredding them in its bed!

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Thanks (again) for the great lens. I revisited and learned more. FYI on using paper tubes for fire starters or kindling logs. I stuff mine with lint from the dryer. Works great!

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      MirandaBrooks LM 6 years ago

      that is a very good idea I think I will try them, Thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a really cool lens! Loved the paper roll animals

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      Aika 6 years ago

      I buy cordless toilet papers. =)

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      This is one of my favorite craft places to visit.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yet another Great Lens, I remember when I used cardboard to build a Model of the Enterprise. I used Pizza Boxes to make the Saucer Section, Toilet Rolls and Paper Towel Rolls for the various Starship Parts! Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane!!!

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      redflea13 lm 6 years ago

      I used the roll carpet came around and paper towel rolls to make a snake trap to catch a few of my escapees. I have many snakes but haven't had any escape for a few years.

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      Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

      Sad to report that my hair elastics were too large and wouldn't stay on the roll. I then tried to make a desk organizer with a bunch of toilet paper rolls and a shoe box but that took up more room than it saved. I'll keep looking for things to do with them. I won't throw them out.

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      SydneyH LM 6 years ago

      Great ideas. Some of them I knew but there were a lot of new ideas too. I hadn't thought of using them for growing seedlings.

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      @Darla Dixon: Excellent idea! :) I'm sure he's having load of fun with these TP roll puppets! :)

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      Darla Dixon 6 years ago

      We like to make little puppet characters out of them. You can glue on yarn for hair and really get them detailed, but most of the time, I just draw faces and other details on them for my little boy. He really enjoys them as much as expensive toys! I let him tell me what kind of face to draw on them

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      You have so many ingenious ideas here Michelle.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Currently my 3 years old son calls dibs on all my rolls. He paints them, use them as "tunnels" for his cars, or just enjoys tearing them apart.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Christmas lights are a nightmare in my house, especially since the husband buys a new set to add every year (bless...) note to start clooecting the inner of loorolls. great ideas I loved this

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for adding our toilet paper tube apple tree to your collection of crafts!!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Great job! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      dhreyn 6 years ago

      You give some very practical and imaginative ideas for reusing toilet paper rolls. I will use some of them, especially for storing electrical cords and packing underwear/socks. Thanks for your lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I definitely had to laugh at some of these cause "who would have thought"? I started collecting the tubes from the toilet paper to use for seedlings, just as decribed here. Well of course, I have collected more than I needed. Thanks for all the great tips and, information you shared. Great recycling projects.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Rose4u: I work at a shredding company fort lauderdale and i love that my job is green.

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      @martialartstraining: I believe you about silly part. But we are all different people with different needs. You might not need a way to store hair bands but girls do. :) This is why this page covers all that ways to reuse Tp rolls. :) Still, I'm glad you find something that will be useful to you.

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      martialartstraining 6 years ago

      Some of these ideas are a bit silly but I like some of them. The ones about the cords and the hiding your underwear in your luggage are actually good ideas.

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      @anonymous: Nop. In hundreds of mails that were waiting for me when I came home from vacation! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey where did you find those additional ideas to recycle toilet paper rolls? During your holidays at the beach? Great additions here, Michelle!

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      Rose4u 6 years ago

      Thank you for these amazing ideas, i love this lens!

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      aperkins lm 7 years ago

      They're also great for setting out seedlings if you have cutworm problems. Place a roll over a new planting so they just peek out above it, and be sure they're pressed into the soil about 1/2". Saved many a plant in my garden this way.

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      @christian-book-man: Glad you found something useful you can do with your toilet paper rolls! :)

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      christian-book-man 7 years ago

      Amazing Lens you have here ! I never thought paper rolls have so many use , i will use some of your tips , as a matter of fact i may use one tonight with my electrical cords , they have been quite a mess lately !

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      Rorik 7 years ago

      Great lens on the subject! Never knew I could use toilet paper rolls for so many great purposes! Take care and good luck

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      Surreymagic 7 years ago

      Inspirational lens! Instead of throwing things away in haste, find a new purpose for all your waste!

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      Anita Jayne Dale 7 years ago

      And I thought my family was fanatical about figuring out what to do with paper rolls. As has been said here, Wow! Very creative! Thanks for the ideas!

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      Great lens! I'm one of those people who are always looking for new ways to use paper rolls and you've given me lots of new ideas. Thanks! 5*s.

      Since we heat with wood, ours usually go into the cook stove to start fires, but I've used them for puppets, (pretend) binoculars, musical instruments, and other things. I love the idea for seed starters and packing stockings and underwear. Wait till I show my mother and siblings on my next visit home. What a hoot!

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      jamie-laws 7 years ago

      I would just say "WOW"

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      Great Lens. That is about every great green gift on the planet. Awesome!

      And I appreciate the idea of helping the environment and at the same time showing affection through a gift!

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      mich1908 7 years ago

      Wow, so many ideas for a paper roll! Great and informative lense. 5 star!!!

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      This lens bring back fond memories of growing up. In our house we saved almost everything. PT rolls was one of them. PT rolls either went into the compost out back or was saved and used for varies craft items

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      SallyCin 7 years ago

      Excellent lens! I use my TP & paper towel rolls in my Worm Factory 360. Red wiggler worms LOVE cardboard, so they munch on them, and I get awesome compost for my garden as an end result. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lots of great informations :) Very well done lens :) 5*

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      Cynergy_Diva 7 years ago

      I love the paper roll seed starting idea best

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I shall not ever look at a toilet roll in the same way again. With a busy home I am always the one who picks up the used toilet roll and bins it.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Returned to bless and feature on Sprinkled with Stardust


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      Jaks 7 years ago

      @MyRocketPower: love it - thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lovely work you have done! Keep it going!

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      davis66 7 years ago

      I used your paper roll idea to organize my extension cords and power cords. Sooooo easy. Nice lens.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      I read this lens a fair while ago and never forgot the wonderful hints and the exciting creations here. Congrats on LOTD and purple star and thank you for sharing. I am lens rolling it to and featuring it on Save Planet Earth for others to enjoy.


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      UzziBaby 7 years ago

      I love your lense, I hate wasting stuff and try not to throw away too much. I love making things and crafting things. I'll try doing some of these aswel. Thanks !

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      johnsmythelinks 7 years ago

      It is really nice to have such informative links.

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      Demaw 7 years ago

      I find paper rolls one of the most crafty items around, very informative lens. 5*

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      @GroceryCosts: Glad you found cheap toy for your hamster using toilet paper roll! That must be fun for him! :)

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      GroceryCosts 7 years ago

      I make toys for my parrot out of them...he loves to chew them --- keeps him occupied for hours....Thanks for this great lens.

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      nelabai 7 years ago

      hamster toy! so funny! :) great ideas, thanks for the lens!

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      MyRocketPower 7 years ago

      Nice lens! Got some idea from this lens ^^

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My choice is recycling and/or reusing. I reuse empty tp and paper towel rolls by giving them to my rabbits. Thrown in just plain empty, the bunnies love to toss the rolls and chew on them until they get used up. If I fill the center with a little bit of timothy hay mixed with a little bit of alfalfa (not too much alfalfa - they love it - but it needs to be rationed), poke tiny holes to let a few stems stick out, and squish the ends shut and then throw it in, it becomes a treat as well as a plaything as they chew their way to the hay in the middle of the tube. It's amazing how much fun a rabbit can have with a simple empty roll of tp, or even a sheet of newspaper!

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Okay I consider myself eco friendly but I never thought of any of these things. What a great idea. :)

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      J_Edwards 7 years ago

      This is intriguing. Now where did I put those toilet paper rolls.

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      Make-it-Happen 7 years ago

      I always get so frustrated, that I didn't think of these kind of ideas! They are great and so helpful!

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      Back in the early '80s there was a crafty lady named Ahleen (the craft glue mogule). She had a little TV program with her daughter, and they were the first people to impress me with their TP Roll Projects. Although I've been here before, this is a great lens and a great share of information that is worth coming back to.

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      GoGreenYoga 7 years ago

      5*, well done. always great to find new and interesting ways to reuse and recycle. Go Green!

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      A_James 7 years ago

      Fun lens! well done 5 stars to you

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      don2fuentes 7 years ago

      crazy, weird normal. Its got all of it. You know what, when I was 5 years old. my first telescope was made from Toilet Paper roll

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      Biloute 7 years ago

      great lens

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      Kylyssa Shay 7 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I love this!!! I've been saving the darned things for a while as my roommates look at me funny. Now I know what to do with them! Thank you.

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      wfi 7 years ago

      Excellent, I always hated throwing those away.

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      Robert_Marvin 7 years ago

      Really nice information.

      You want some simple woodworking projects? Then watch this:

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      loganadrian 7 years ago

      interesting. I will start to collect my used toilet paper rolls. hehe

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Goodness! I had no idea there were so many uses for empty toilet paper roll! Great lens. Blessed by an Angel! :)

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      Income4life 7 years ago

      excellent list of ideas for paper rolls. I like recycling

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      ageofz 7 years ago

      Great lens. I love recycling. Lots of awesome ideas here.

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      Fcuk Hub 7 years ago

      Reusing, recykling and not wasting. That's my choice.

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      davis66 7 years ago

      What a fantastic list of ideas! I particularly like the idea of using them to start seedlings. So obvious - Thanks!

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      dennis-lift-table-skirts 7 years ago

      It seems every month I run across a post about how to use old paper rolls. I think it's great, these tips prevent them from going into the landfill and becoming a waste.

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      NatureMaven 7 years ago

      So many great ideas! I'm intrigued by the idea of using a flattened tube as a postal worthy envelope, and I also like the idea of wrapping a tablecloth around a tube to prevent wrinkling. PS/ I know someone who cuts open the toilet paper tubes and uses them to scoop dog poop. Really!

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      Anok 7 years ago

      this is so cool all out of paper rolls

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      dmf32835 7 years ago

      Did you guys check out the video on how to make a kazoo? That's a pretty neat idea.

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      OldWillKnottSca 7 years ago

      I can't wait to start my seedlings in these very creative pots! Thanks for the great idea!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These days, more than ever, re-purposing makes a lot of sense. This lens is lovely for its creativity and also for the fact that it sparks ideas for possibilities. Thanks for creating it :).

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      Tam2Win1 7 years ago

      Great Lens! I have learned of many ways that I can start using those paper rolls now. I usually just used them to disguise Christmas gifts before wrapping, but I can see some other year-round things that I could use them for as well. Great job... thanks for all the info!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Its the small things that count. If everyone would just do these small contributions of helping in greening our planet, then our kids will be able to live in a better world than yesterday.

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      lakshyaa 7 years ago

      Amazing lens! I never knew paper rolls could be reused in so many ways!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I never knew there were so many uses for paper rolls! While babysitting my twin nieces we made a puppet theatre out of a cardboard box, decorated and all of the puppets were created from paper rolls. They spent hours 'pretending' with those puppets but the best time we had was making them! A great lens. Thank you also for coming a blessing my Green lens.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I love this lens! I didn't know there could be so much use for them. The only thing I've been using toilet paper rolls for (so far) is organizing my hair bands. My kitty likes playing with them too so I craft toys for him using the cardboard. (:

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      World-Wanderer 7 years ago

      I have a great Use for them. Fire starting. Fill 75% of it with the flaky peely bits of birch bark, or birch bark scrapings (outer bark only). Then take an ember, a smouldering fungus or bit of char cloth you have ignited using a spark, put this in the empty end and push against the bark (don't burn yourself). Then blow onto the ember. Try to hold the toilet tube using something else or it gets very hot and don't pack the tube too tightly. Keep blowing, even putting your mouth over the end and after a minute or so it will burst into flame :D

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      johnfn lm 7 years ago

      interesting lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      umm, that was an amazing answer!

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      So happy to have found this...delightful! And I thought I was doing good blogging about using old paper towel rolls to stuff plastic vegetable bags in for future use, never gave thought to so many of these uses. ~claudia

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      PirateMummy 7 years ago

      Awesome!!! I especially like the seed-raising idea. I've been patiently rolling newspaper cups each spring - what a pain. Now i'll just save loo rolls all year. You don't know how much time you've just saved me!

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      FantasyDesigns 7 years ago

      Great tips! I usually just give the paper towel rolls to one of the kids and that's the end of it. :)

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      Addy Bell 7 years ago

      Wow. It never occurred to me what I could do with paper tubes.

      Just last week I came home from my art class to find that one my my bottles of liquid acrylics had popped open in its plastic bag, spilling paint all over the place. It was a pain to clean up, but the worst part of it is that now I can't tell my paint colors apart, because they're all covered in Quinacradone Burnt Orange. I've spent the last week musing about how I could keep them upright in transport. I may have found a way!

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      mrgvintage 7 years ago

      What a creative mind! Great lens...5 Stars all the way!!

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      chloemurray lm 7 years ago

      Good tips on reusing!

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      totalei 7 years ago

      omg. There is so much information. I love this lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congrats on a fabulous and rightfully popular lens -:) 5* fav. With love, Darcie

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      You continue to amaze me with what you come up with :)

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      brookehudson 7 years ago

      I only buy toilet paper that does not come with center/paper rolls.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Hi! Your imagination is wild! Like this a lot


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      rajatgarg 7 years ago

      I love your recycling idea. This is great.

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      GeothermalVids 7 years ago

      Very interesting suggestions. I had no idea there were so many great uses for paper towel rolls. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very good lens

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Great lens. And wow...over 300 votes! You rock Willow!

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      Hi, what incredible ideas you have come up with for re-using toilet paper rolls. I love the idea of how to store christmas lights, I always have a tangled mess in the past, so started wrapping them with tape, but that makes them sticky too. Great lens!

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      Splendra 7 years ago

      Good job!!

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      OnlyFunStuff LM 7 years ago

      Very good information, great lens thanks. 5*

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      kie 7 years ago

      i love your recycle ideas..let us save the earth together

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      Angela F 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Reusing and recycling whenever possible! So many clever ideas :)

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      I have a huge box-full of these! We use them for starting seedlings and crafts. Thanks for these extra ideas!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      very helpful in saving the earth! Go Go Green!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Great suggestions you have here. I'll be posting your link on twitter. Btw, maybe you could visit my first lens about Toner Refill Kits and tell me what you think about it.

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      rubyandmahoney 7 years ago many good ideas for toilet paper tubes! I guess I will be digging into my bathroom garbage tonight. :-P My dog *loves* wrapping paper rolls so I always give those to her. It is so funny to watch her try to go through doorways with one in her mouth. :-)

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      jpvillalobos 7 years ago

      I never thought that paper rolls can be recycled...thanks for this informative post.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Oh my gosh, what great, creative suggestions! I especially like the idea of reusing the rolls to start seedlings. I never thought of that! And since we'll be doing that in the spring, I'm going to start saving the rolls now. This is another excellent lens, Michelle! (How fitting that my security word below is "brilliant.")

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Gerbils love to gnaw these, we haven't had gerbils for years but I still can't bear to throw the tubes away. They make good armatures for paper-mache projects. I made an extra-long extension for my vacuum cleaner to suck ladybugs out of the corners of the ceilings when we had an invasion. Necks for puppets.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      So many ways we can reuse the toiletpaper tubes. I've never thought of most of them. ***** Stars :)

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      Cherry-Ambition 7 years ago from U.S.

      Okay, I'm sold. I'll either recycle my toilet paper rolls or reuse them in one of these creative ways. Another great five star lens!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Great ideas! I never knew there were so many uses for something I usually just throw away without thinking anything about it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, who knew so much could be done with rolls. This lens is ventures outside the box. Impressive to say the least.

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      [in reply to Shelly] Thank you for bringing broken YouTube link to my attention. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an innovative lens! Sadly the first paper roll ornaments video has been removed--you lensmasters certainly have your hands full just keeping up with you video's status. I would guess a few school teachers come here for ideas.

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      Earth_Friend 7 years ago

      These are such GREAT Ideas! I love it! At first I was skeptical but some of these ideas are genius and fun! I will definitely try some of them out! 5 Stars!


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      geothermalminnie 7 years ago

      I love the cord and the hairband idea! Also, the finger puppets are great. :-) Awesome lens!

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      Sojourn 7 years ago

      I thought I'd been here before, but I hadn't and I'm completely amazed at the number of ways to reuse a paper roll! I had no idea! And I've just been throwing them away. I love the sock idea and going to give that a shot, at the very least. :)

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      greenerways 7 years ago

      I strive for all of the above! Not one is unimportant!

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      reneedowning 7 years ago

      Awesome! And don't forget humming down a long tube to freak your dog out. Entertainment and recycing do SO go together.

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      AndrewTwidwell 7 years ago

      Very clever.

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      WOW, awesome lens. I'm into recycling and this is perfect, great tips and ideas. Thank you. 5* from me.

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      Who know there was so much you could do with toliet paper rolls? I'll have to try some of the craft ideas with my kids.

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      Eklectik1 7 years ago

      Great, great, great lens! We will be using some of these ideas! We give our tubes to our bunny to play with and chew on--she loves it!

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      inforganics 7 years ago

      Great lens you've got here. And the informations are just awesome. Really need to be more creative next time before I just recycle my toilet rolls :)

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      strive4impact 7 years ago

      Hey Willow!

      I never knew so many things could be done with an old paper towel or toilet paper roll...

      Thanks for your great lens!



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      Clairwil LM 7 years ago

      I use mine for starting seeds -they're better, easier to use and cheaper than biodegradable pots. Great lens *****

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      nathan-mertongroup 7 years ago

      Great looking lens, the layout is brill, where did you get the topic separator bars from? We do something similar with the toilet roll we manufacture in Leicester, most of our paper products are recycled, they are from a really good source so it's not like the rough stuff you used to get at school.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow never thought I would spend 10 minutes learning about what you can do with a toliet paper roll. I also have to say it was not a waist of time.

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      totalhealth 7 years ago

      great ideas, I didn't realize that there are so many things that you can do with paper rolls.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Tips on Reusing Paper Rolls. I recycle them but I had no idea you could use them so many other ways. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fantastic Lens, i loved used toilet paper video. I have new idea about it. Thanks

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      Superwife 7 years ago

      Wow - I had no idea there were so many uses for paper rolls! Super duper lens you've got here!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fantastic Lens. One I'll feature on my lens, for sure. Love the layout. Mahalo.

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      shoopak1 7 years ago

      I love the one for keeping the cords from getting tangled

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      training4green 7 years ago

      great lens...

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Love the lay out of this lens and all the excellent tips.


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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, superb lens...beautifully done!

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Wow this a great lens. I have used cardboard rolls for creating kids crafts & mini gift containers.Congrats on your award. It is well deserving.

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      TheresaMayhew 7 years ago

      Oh, my gosh. I'll never throw away another paper towel or toilet paper roll again! What a fabulous site! I love the one for keeping the cords from getting tangled. I'll do that right away.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent Lens. 5*

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      BePanicFree 8 years ago

      Great lens and very helpful - makes you think twice about what you can reuse rather than throw out. Well done

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      Home Interior D 8 years ago

      I love the layout of this lens. Very well designed. Good content too!

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      GreenRednecks 8 years ago

      Awesome! How can there be so many uses for these things!


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      kathysart 8 years ago

      OHHH!! and oH Wow!! What a grEat lens! I LUV it! Who knew?!!!

      So.. with all my new knowledge I MUST give U:



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      2Birds 8 years ago

      Will be looking at things twice now before I throw anything out. Great Stuff

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I always save my TP and Paper Towel rolls. There's endless possibilities for them. I just love craft and activities like this. I'm going to lens roll this to my Daycare School Activities page because I think they make a good fit together. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Good information and a loaded with fun. 5*s and I Favorite it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Michelle, Congratulations on your Purple Star Award!! - Kathy

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      This is one of my most favorite lenses ever! Congratulations on that beautiful purple star! Leaving an angel blessing for you, too! (I was not an angel when I first visited here, but now I am, and if ever a lens deserved blessings, this is it!)

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations on your well deserved Purple Star Award!

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      HenryE LM 8 years ago

      You are very clever! That picture of the baby in the Christmas outfit is precious! I called my husband in to look at it :)


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      Lori Lee-Ray 8 years ago

      Great!!! I'm lensrolling this on my green lenses! Thanks for the ideas! 5 stars and favoriting too!

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      wyrm11268 8 years ago

      Wow, I am going to start saving the paper rolls again. We have been using them as log rolls to start the fire but now summer is nearly here they were getting thrown away.

      Great lens.


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      iklilian lm 8 years ago

      hi a_willow,where have you been all my life,how is your little beauty doing.I can't express with words.i used mine paperrolls tomake trails for my baby brothers toy cars,but i never knew one can make such good use of what is considered as trash

      keep it up,and do check my lens if you can

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      HenryEgg 8 years ago

      Who would have guessed that toilet paper roles could be used for such things? Thanks for making me rethink about throwing them away!


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      GreenEcoBean 8 years ago

      Wow, I love this lens. So much to do here.

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      nandosbiz 8 years ago

      Holy cow!

      I had no idea what I was thinking about just throwing these things away.

      Great lens,


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      Spitfire70 8 years ago

      Great job on this lens! Very interesting ideas! 5* for you!!

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      greenthumb1984 8 years ago

      You've got some great, creative ideas 5 stars

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      there are a LOT of great ideas here!

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      sorana lm 8 years ago

      Funny and useful at the same time. Love the paper roll characters and animals.

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      Laura Fincannon 8 years ago from New Orleans and South Florida

      This is great. I actually make art from mine and didn't know other people did stuff, too! Five stars!

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      Nara White Owl 8 years ago

      Great lens. I have always used paper rolls. I sew a lot and I use them also with thread.

      Thanks for your lens now I can look at other ways.

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      irvineva 8 years ago

      Great lens! Check out mine on how to save BIG BUCKS!

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      kimark421 8 years ago

      Wow! Guess I won't be throwing mine away anymore. Great lens!

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      renee_agirl 8 years ago

      This is great!!! I am new with going green and I have started a lens about it myself. I just recently used paper rolls in organizing the electric cords in our house. But this lens taught me more uses about it! Can't wait to try even the craft ideas with my nephews and nieces!

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      jipock 8 years ago

      Great Lens! 5***** I have been throwing them away, now I am going to use some of your tips to reuse them. :-D

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      excellent lens! I recycle as much as possible too. 5*****

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      Sarunas 8 years ago

      WoW. I had never thought about that. Really amazing.. :)

      5* from me :) Keep it up.

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      Penny Pincher G 8 years ago

      Love this lens. Didn't see this craft on the list. Check it out Thought it was neat and thought I'd share it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens many useful ideals 5 stars

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! I am already reusing our rolls, but didn't have nearly as many uses as you have listed here (you clever thing, you :o) 5* and a smile for some totally terrific tips - thanks!


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      Ezer_Kenegdo 8 years ago

      Great lens, it's a triumph of creative greeness. About the hampster toys, if you leave it in there they'll chew them into bits and use them for bedding. It cuts down on the cost of caring for them, and it gives the little guys something to do for their own survival, which is good. Supplement with paper from your shredder for a softer mix.

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      bikki lm 8 years ago

      Great lens! So many interesting and useful ideas. Love it!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens. 5*

      I never even thought about reusing them for so many thing.

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      jessicahoward 8 years ago

      wow great lens...excellent informaion...suggetion are really informative about going green...the work on about global warming is my lens for latest gadgets i have the one topic about going green for mobile phone...have a look on


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      mjrinella 8 years ago

      Very nice lens, 5*s!

      Similar to the hamsters tip, guinea pigs are also a fan of toilet paper rolls. Just make sure you're guinea pig can't get stuck inside!

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      Good gracious you have a fertile mind, so many ideas. Excellent.


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      Marijoyce 8 years ago

      What a fantastic lens. I love it. And thanks for accepting my lens into The Fresh Squid Group.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Lots of great information here and a great lens, 5***** There used to be a children's program on tv in England called "Blue Peter" that had lots of craft ideas for using things like plastic cups and toilet rolls. This brought back some memories.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens!


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      BusyQueen 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It's well done. 5 *****'s

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