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Toilet Paper Roll Crafts: 62 Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls

You'll be amazed how gorgeous some of these DIY projects with toilet paper rolls really are, and they cost next to nothing.

By: Melissa Conner, Editor, FaveCrafts.com
Updated September 18, 2019
Toilet Paper Roll Crafts 62 Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls

You've saved them for one reason or another...and now it's time to make those toilet paper roll crafts!  With this collection of 62 Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls, you're sure to find something fun and decorative to do with those cardboard tubes!

Out of all the recycled craft ideas out there, crafts with toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls are some of the most popular. This is probably because unlike some recycled containers, crafters are rarely short on cardboard tubes. It is no secret that most households go through several rolls of TP a week, meaning you will always have crafting supplies waiting to be transformed into toilet paper tube crafts. Wondering what to do with empty toilet paper rolls? Whether you are looking for simple and easy craft ideas for kids or toilet paper roll crafts for adults, the long list of DIY projects with toilet paper rolls below has what you need.

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Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Adults

Ideas for Teens and Tweens

These are some of our favorite projects that are a bit young for some but a bit old for kids. Browse these great projects for your junior high aged granddaughter to make!

Kids Craft Ideas Using Empty Toilet Paper Rolls

Crafting with this material is a great opportunity to teach the kids about recycling. Reuse something you would ordinarily toss in the trash or in the recycling bin and make a fun project in the process.

Toilet Paper Roll Flowers and Butterflies

Flowers and butterfly crafts are some of the most popular projects we have, and it's amazing what beautiful flowers and butterflies can be made with toilet paper rolls! Find everything from home decor ideas to embellishments and more in the list below.

The Best Things To Do With Toilet Paper Rolls (as voted on by readers like you!)

This list of fantastic ideas from our site visitors and Facebook followers is the jumping off point for all of the craft tutorials below! Learn the basics of what to do with toilet paper rolls with this introductory list, and then find more of our favorite toilet paper roll craft ideas below!

  1. Wrap up your cords and wires and stick them in cardboard tubes to help with organization and storage.
    Example: DIY Organizer with Toilet Paper Rolls from AllFreePaperCrafts.com
     
  2. Stuff them with candy and sweets and close off the two ends to create a fun candy popper.
     
  3. Close off one end by gluing a piece of paper to it and use the toilet paper rolls to hold makeup brushes, markers, pencils, pens, and little office supplies.
    Example: Thrifty DIY Pencil Holder
     
  4. Turn them into colorful napkin rings.
     
  5. Cut them into 2" pieces.  Color or decoupage them as you see fit.  Then cut them open and make a paper chain to hang for a party.
     
  6. Cover them in peanut butter and then roll in bird seed.  Hang outside and you've got an easy and inexpensive bird feeder.
    Example: Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder from AllFreeKidsCrafts.com
     
  7. Create musical instruments by covering one opening with paper or fabric, filling the tube about 1/4 full with beans or rice, and then covering the other opening.  These are great for classrooms!
     
  8. Wrap yarn around them to help keep it organized and untangled.
     
  9. Use them to store paint brushes or gluesticks.

Christmas Crafts with Toilet Paper Rolls

Christmas is one of the most popular times of year for crafting. Learn how to make a Christmas craft with toilet paper rolls with this exciting list of ideas.

Halloween Crafts Using Toilet Paper Rolls

Is there anything spookier than crafting with toilet paper rolls? Well yes, many things are scarier than that, but you can make some festive Halloween toilet paper roll crafts with the ideas below!

Fantastic Resources for Crafting with Toilet Paper Rolls

Looking for even more toilet paper tube inspiration? Our articles below are great collections to explore.

  • How to Clean Paper, Cardboard, and Toilet Paper Tubes

    You don’t have to throw that toilet paper roll away! In How to Clean Paper, Cardboard, and Toilet Paper Tubes, we’ll teach you the solution for keeping all of your paper-based materials clean and usable. These techniques are easy, and all they require is just a little bit of patience.

  • How to Prepare Recyclables for Crafting

    Find a ton of tips on how to prepare everything from glass jars to cardboard boxes for creative endeavors. 

  • Are Toilet Paper Roll Crafts a Safe and Sanitary Idea?

    With so many questions floating around about the health and hygiene of a crafting darling, the FaveCrafts editorial staff decided to look into whether are not this is a myth that should be busted or something we should consider. Learn the answer!

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That birdfeeder is such a great idea!

I have been saving my toilet paper empty rolls and also my paper towel rolls for this! I'm so excited that there are crafts for children as well as adults. I'm preparing to create a wall hanging using my toilet paper and paper towel rolls that is the size of at least 18x24. The instructions are clear and the pictures are very detailed. I love this.

I think most of the projects I've seen have been more geared toward children. Though, if it held enough sophistication, I don't see why TP rolls can't be used for adults as well.

So many great ideas. I hate throwing these things away because I know there are so many possibilities! I especially love the candy poppers idea.

I made this four panel wall art with paper towel and toilet paper rolls. It took some time, but the results were well worth it. After completing, I spray painted them with a bronze-y brown paint. No one can believe they were once TP rolls.

This is gorgeous, @bwilson 0283569! We love it. -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts.com

This is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I definitely can't believe this was made out of TP rolls. Great job!

Whoa! This is really really awesome! I agree with you, no one can believe they were once toilet paper rolls! If only I can see a larger picture of the project...How did you do it? I mean, did you draw the pattern first, then shaped the toilet paper rolls on the pattern you drew? Well, that's the only thing I can think of right now D

I also use these to wrap my yarn ends around when I only have a few feet left. I cut a slit in one end to hold the yarn onto the tube, wrap it around and secure the other end in a slit-no more unraveling and snarling in my yarn bag!

That's such a great idea!

These, whichever you prefer, toilet paper or papertowel empty rolls can be covered, (inside & out if you prefer), stuffed w/toys, tickertape, etc. wrapped in foil, or your choice of leftover wrapping, tied at each end & made into holiday poppers.

Another great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

You could always spray them with antibacterial spray and then paint with acrylic varnish when dry. That way they can be wiped over with antibacterial wipes as often as you wish.

Awesome suggestion, @lyn36jade 0165546! -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts.com

Honestly, if someone gave my child a "toilet paper roll stuffed with treats", I would throw it in the garbage. Neither would I consider them sanitary for napkin rings. Why not use paper towel or plastic wrap holders, cut in half, instead?

You can easily use paper towel rolls, too! Whatever works for you!

I agree with BeaderOne and I just posted the same thing about the EColi as well. I would never use them for food or anything going from hand to mouth. Use Wrapping Paper Rolls or Plastic Wrap Rolls or from Foil....just sayin'

That's an awesome idea, @hegwitch! You can easily cut wrapping paper tubes down to size. -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

What a great collection! These are awesome and perfect for the kids! I really love your ideas. Thanks for posting it! We did a toilet paper roll snake project out of the same materials you used. You should check it out! EarlyLearning.Momtusted.com: Toilet Paper Roll Snake Project

@Jenmomtrusted Very cute! Feel free to submit any ideas you'd like posted to us: http://www.favecrafts.com/contest/Share-Your-Project -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts.com

I make crochet candles out of them

I prefer using paper towel rolls, they are stronger. Wax paper, foil and the smal press and seal tubes are fun to use.

I think filling a used toilet roll which is potentially crawling with E.coli bacteria, with foodstuffs is disgusting

It's just wrapped candies! My elementary school did this as a fundraiser for our Quebec trip. Wrap the roll in tissue paper, tie the ends with ribbon, fill with candy. They were always a huge hit.

I have 3 more uses for toilet paper or paper towel rolls. I put my kitchen tongs in one so it takes up a lot less room in the drawer. I also store my plastic bags in them. Keeps them in tight quarters. If I'm transporting a large, sharp knife (vacation, cookout), the tubes keep the knife safely tucked away. Bettilou Niedermeier

Those are all amazing ideas! I love the kitchen tongs one! My kitchen tongs are always taking up a ton of room in my kitchen drawer. Thanks so much for sharing!

Awesome ideas here and I love your featured project! Feel free to link it up to my Toilet Paper Roll Challenge for a chance to win some goodies: http://ecoscrapbook.blogspot.com/2012/04/calling-all-crafters-link-up-your.html

Here's a link to making a book using toilet paper rolls. I'm in the process of making one myself right now. Been saving up rolls for months! http://www.thehybridchick.com/2010/08/going-green-mini-album/

My favorite thing for which to use them is seed starters. Cut them in half. tie a group together with binders twine, set into a tray, fill with seedling mix and plant your seeds for the garden. You can untie them and plant tube and all, thereby not disturbing the roots of the young plants.

Melissa, glad to see you used my favor use for tissue rolls. Sometimes I cut them in half and decorate the rolls before pulling a cord in them. Also use paper towel rolls when traveling. Can put my curling iron w/cord in side and do not have to worry about the cord getting tangles in something. There are a lot of uses for both kinds or rolls in and around the house.

Not sure where you got your paper, mine still comes on a cardboard roll. Never seen it on a plastic roll.

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