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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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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.

Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time
Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time

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
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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Polish Your Furniture with Panty Hose: And Hundreds of Offbeat Uses for Brand-Name Products

Over 30 brand name products are profiled in a quirky title which tells how to use a variety of common household agents to perform unusual tasks. From repulsing deer with Ivory soap to salt to repel fleas, this packs in some real surprises.


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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The Family Handyman: Helpful Hints : Quick & Easy Solutions / Time-Saving Tips / Tricks of the Trade (Family Handyman)

Clear, well-organized, well-indexed, filled with useful illustrations and diagrams, this is a great book for anyone interested in learning about how to maintain their home, keep appliances running, and fix many things they might never have imagined they could. You will recoup the cost of this book the first time you don't have to call in a pro for a simple home repair!


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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s integrated pest management becomes more important, for instance, the methods and products that have been known to organic gardeners for decades are now being investigated and appreciated by the mainstream. Composting, xeriscaping, permaculture, environment--all these and 400 or so more have complete entries. A useful introduction explains how best to use the book and suggests core sections for initial reading.


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

Hundreds of line drawings illustrate the book, providing botanical identification and demonstrating how-to gardening techniques. In addition, sidebars throughout supply supplemental information--"Dos and Don'ts of Deadheading," "Annuals that Beat the Heat," "To Prune or Not to Prune: The Clematis Question," "Air Layering," "Windowsill Bonsai"--plus quirky facts, trivia, lore, and myth. It's big, it's got heft, it's filled to the brim with information. And it's so lively, it reads like a novel--and belongs on every gardener's potting bench and bedside table.


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 profile image


      5 years ago

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

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      5 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 

      5 years ago from Texas USA

      Wow! Whoda thunk? Love all the great ideas.

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      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 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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      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 years ago from Croatia

      @cutethings: O_o Thank you!

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 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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      6 years ago

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

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      5 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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      5 years ago

      This is awesome, great stuff!

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      Cynthia Haltom 

      6 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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      6 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 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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      6 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 

      6 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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      6 years ago

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

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      6 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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      6 years ago

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

      Eco friendly too!!

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      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

      Good way to recycle!!

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      Jeri Baker 

      6 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 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Lots of great ideas. Blessed!!

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      6 years ago

      thanks for post great information...

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      6 years ago

      thanks for post great information about health!!

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      6 years ago

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

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      6 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 

      6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Great article!! :)

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      Birthday Wishes 

      6 years ago from Here

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

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      6 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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      6 years ago

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

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      6 years ago

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

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      jessjohnson lm 

      6 years ago

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

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      tfsherman lm 

      6 years ago

      So many resources in this lens! Wonderful!

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      6 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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      6 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      Allison Whitehead 

      6 years ago

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

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      air ambulance s 

      6 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 

      6 years ago

      The work well in a paper briquette maker too

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      6 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 

      6 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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      6 years ago

      great ideas on how to reuse. Go green

    • Sabasti profile image


      6 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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      6 years ago

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

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      georgeac lm 

      6 years ago

      Amazing lens, kudos for curating so many uses.

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      6 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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      6 years ago

      Very creative!

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      6 years ago

      make a robot

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      6 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 

      6 years ago from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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

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      ae dc 

      6 years ago

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

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      6 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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      6 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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      6 years ago

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

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      7 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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      7 years ago from San Diego, CA

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

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      7 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 

      7 years ago

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

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      7 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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      7 years ago

      Some interesting ideas given here thanks for the tips

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      7 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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      7 years ago

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

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      7 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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      7 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 

      7 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 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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      7 years ago

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

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      7 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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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens ! Thanks for sharing!

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      7 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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      7 years ago

      Great info. Thanks!

    • casquid profile image


      7 years ago

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

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      7 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!

    • vetochemicals profile image


      7 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.

    • PoeticChristian profile image


      7 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 

      7 years ago

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

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      7 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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      7 years ago

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

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      7 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 

      7 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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      7 years ago

      This lens is frickin awesome! Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Those are some great uses for toilet rolls.

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      7 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 

      7 years ago from Lubbock TX

      Great variety of recycling options!

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 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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      7 years ago

      Really fantastic ideas! Great lens!

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      7 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 

      7 years ago from charleston wv

      great lens, I enjoyed and learned a few things.


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