How to Reuse Paper Rolls
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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Whole New World of Options.... - ... has open up in front of me when I read this book!
Book Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things is the reason this page came to life! After reading it for the first time, I realized that there are so many different ways to save money by simply reusing and repurposing some things I usually throw into trash.
Question Before We Start!
What do you do with your toilet paper roll tubes now?
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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
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
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:
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
Arthur Arthur is a simple color, cut and paste paper craft that uses a toilet paper roll as a base to give it a three dimensional effect.�
- Astronaut Craft
Astronaut toilet paper roll craft.
- Athena Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Free printable instructions and templates for making a greek mythology toilet paper roll craft.
- Baker or Chef Toilet Paper Roll Craft
free printable templates and instructions for a Baker or Chef Toilet Paper Roll Craft
- Maggie's Ferocious Beast Craft
free printable templates and instructions for a maggie and the ferocious beast toilet paper roll craft.
- Sesame Street's Bert Craft
printable template for a Bert toilet paper roll craft.
- Betty Boop
Betty Boop Toilet Paper Roll Craft
- Big Bird
Big Bird Craft Big Bird is a simple color, cut and paste paper craft that uses a toilet paper roll as a base to give it a three dimensional effect
Blossom Powerpuff Girls Craft I've had a whole bunch of requests for Powerpuff girls so have put Blossom together... sorry for the wait everyone!
- British Bobby TP Roll Craft
British bobby toilet paper roll craft.
- DLTK's Snips and Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails Craft
Little Boy Craft I receive a fair number of requests for crafts for birthday celebrations.
- Changing Faces - Toilet Roll Dolls
A Little Learning For Two
- Almost Unschoolers: Rapunzel "Let Down Your Hair" Craft
quick, Kathy Ross inspired Rapunzel craft
- Farmer Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Cain and Abel toilet paper roll craft.
- Clown Toilet Paper Roll Craft
free printable templates for making a toilet paper roll circus clown craft. Suitable for preschool, kindergarten and early grade school kids.
- Handyman Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Handyman/Builder toilet paper roll craft.
- Cookie Monster
Cookie Monster Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Cowboy toilet paper roll craft.
- Cub Scout
Cub scout toilet paper roll craft.
- Curious George
printable template for a Curious George toilet paper roll craft.
- Cyclops Craft
Free printable instructions and templates for making a cyclops toilet paper roll craft.
- Craft Toilet Paper Tube Presidents | Activities | Education.com
Show your third grader how to celebrate President's Day creatively by constructing toilet paper tube replicas of a couple famous U.S. Presidents!
- Cardboard Tube People
Tired, Need Sleep.: Preschool Craft
- Toilet Paper Roll Cupid
make a cute cupid out of toilet paper roll
- vlijtig: Here's Amelie
Toilet paper puppet
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!
More crafty ideas
- 55+ Cardboard Tube Crafts for Kids - Crafts by Amanda
Awesome collection of toilet paper roll crafts
- Mexican Bean Bracelets
directions for children to make a mexican bean bracelet craft.
- Camouflage Binoculars Craft
The daddy in our house spends far too much time dressing Barbies and tidying up the doll house for his daughters... he really enjoyed playing with his binoculars *grin*.
- Mexican Bird Rattle
In Mexico, paper mache rattles are popular
- Great stART: Piep Piep Piep or making watches with toddlers
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- Loo Roll Marionette Birds
story + Art = great stART - Walks in park, Leaf Trouble, Loo Roll Marionette Birds
- Make a Marble Obstacle Course | Activities | Education.com
With a few simple household items you can use marbles to teach your child about simple science concepts like gravity, speed, weight, and balance.
- Make Your Own Bowling Game | Activities | Education.com
Do you want to turn basic addition into a fun game for your first grader? Simply save up some old paper towels for a do-it-yourself bowling game.
- Fingerprint Fall Tree Craft
Fall fingerprint tree craft for kids. Kids will enjoying making the different colored leaves of fall by dipping their fingers in fall colored paints and making their fingerprints on the tree in red, orange, yellow and green.
- Hurricane cover
A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata: recycle project no. 16
- Stop Sign Craft | Toddler Craft
My kids love to play Red light, Green light 123!Â Today we made a great preschool craft that added some more fun to the game and created a whole bunch
- A Mommy's Adventures: Toilet Paper Tube Apple Tree
Toilet Paper Tube Apple Tree
- Spooky Skeleton Crafts
Spooky skeletons are probably one of the first things that pop into your mind when you think of Halloween. And making skeleton crafts is a great way to create a spooky Halloween atmosphere in your home, or in your classroom
- Baby Brainstorm: Good Deeds Manger for Baby Jesus
Simple TP roll craft
- Faux Metal Wall Art
Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom: Feature Friday
- zencrafting: How to Make a Knitting "Ned"
This tube can be used to make necklaces, bracelets, potholders, frames, etc.
- Make a Recycled Patriotic Utensil Holder
from Dollar Store Crafts
- alisaburke: little monsters tutorial
create a handful of colorful little monsters from recycled cardboard tubes
- Aunt Peaches: 10 Minute Marker Caddy
Made of shoe box and paper rolls.
- How to Make a Christmas Birdhouse Ornament
on that artist woman blog
- Tutorial: Mini TP Roll Easter Baskets
from michele made me
- Toilet Paper Roll Bracelet | FaveCrafts.com
This beautiful Toilet Paper Roll Bracelet is a great recycled project to make. Girls of all ages will love decorating these cute bracelets, and they're great to wear anytime, since they're lightweight and fun!
- Trio of TP Tube Treat Bags | FaveCrafts.com
Make Halloween bags filled with treats from old toilet paper tubes! These recycle crafts for kids are eco-friendly and perfect for a spooky Halloween. The Trio of TP Treat Bags include 3 different designs.
- Simple game for kids to make
Have fun crating and using this simple toy made of toilet paper rolls.
- CrafTea: DIY PaperTube Foosball
Whether you're a kid or an adult.. you gotta love a game of foosball.
- Stamping Holiday Trees with Paper Tubes - Make and Takes
We love stamping with paper tubes, they make very kid-friendly painting materials. And now we're stamping up a paper tube storm for the holiday season with festive triangle trees. Stamp your trees onto folded cards for a fun DIY gift
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