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.
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
Start with these gorgeous vases! Can you even believe what they're made out of? Add elegance to any table.
Toilet Paper Roll DIY Rose Scented Sachets
This might be the most elegant toilet paper roll craft I've seen! Make a gift that smells and looks incredible, made from something so unexpected.
Decorative Seed Starter Gifts with Laminated Plant Markers
Use a cardboard tube to make these adorable seed starter gifts for loved ones this season!
Reversible Cardboard Roll Earrings
How awesome are these earrings? The monochromatic color scheme is so lovely for book lovers!
iPhone Toilet Paper Roll Craft
"I love recycling and I'm a pretty thrifty person so I find myself crafting with stuff I already have on hand for many of my projects, toilet paper crafts included. They're so easy to work with and kid friendly so these type of crafts are a nice way to spend quality time with my kiddo." -Petro Neagu, theseamanmom.com
These party poppers are great for any occasion and so great for celebrating on the cheap.
Paper Towel Jewelry and Earring Holder
Create a lovely and eye catching tabletop decoration that doubles as a handy jewelry holder.
Here's another take on party poppers, this time with a crepe paper twist!
Incredibly Easy DIY Scarf Hanger
This updated tutorial includes a stellar video so you can make this scarf hanger with ease.
Need a new tabletop organizer? With cardboard tubes and a bit of decoupage medium, we've got you covered.
Recycled Paper Seedling Planter
This is one of my personal favorite ideas for using toilet paper rolls. Repurpose them into seedling planters which are the PERFECT size for new sprouts!
Toilet Paper Roll DIY Party Favors
Make pillow boxes easily with those leftover toilet tubes!
Here's another version of those cute pillow boxes, this time decked out with gold foil.
Do you have napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table? Now's the time to whip some up with materials found in the recycling bin.
Antique Recycled Favor Pouches
Adding a vintage photo to your cardboard tubes makes a common recycled item into an old school treasure.
DIY Eyeglass Case with Paper Tube and Fabric
How amazing is this! If you're one of those people who misplaces your cases for your readers all the time, make this easy craft.
15 Minute Recycled Desk Organizer
"This is hands down one of the best office organizers you'll ever make! I love how I was able to recycle the toilet paper rolls and cereal box. Be sure to glue your organizer together first before spray painting! This helps hide any glue."
-Tanner Bell, alittlecraftinyourday.com
How funny is this? Make mustachioed pillow boxes for small gifts for any occasion.
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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!
Cardboard Tube Party Favor Pouches
This adorable party favor is an easy gift for your daughter to give friends at her birthday party.
A little bit of embellishment goes a long way with this jewelry making idea.
Doilies add instant elegance and create a lovely project that is totally irresistable.
Cheetah Print Cardboard Bracelet
You would never know this is made from a cardboard tube! Create a lovely bangle to wear out and about.
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.
Adorable Cardboard Tube Giraffe
How precious is this? Put it in your child's animal themed nursery.
Colorful Ladybugs Toilet Paper Roll Craft
This is an easy project for preschoolers to make at daycare.
Cottontail Toilet Paper Roll Napkin Rings
Celebrate Easter or your child's favorite children's book with this craft.
Need an easy peasy Halloween costume? Make this together!
Honeycomb Toilet Paper Roll Crafts
This is ADORABLE decor for a nursery or kids room, especially because bees are so gender neutral!
Kiddie Blocks Toilet Paper Roll Craft
This is an easy way to give your toddler a new toy on the cheap!
Kid Friendly Stamp Toilet Paper Roll Craft
This is a fun project for a rainy day! Just by cutting up some toilet tubes, you can create a great art project.
Super Scout Cardboard Tube Craft
This superhero will be your grandson's new favorite toy!
Pretty Recycled Princess Bracelets
How sweet are these bracelets? With the help of rhinestones, any recycled material can be made so pretty!
If Despicable Me is your child's favorite movie, be sure to make this easy minion craft together!
Toilet Paper Roll Paint Stamps
Need more inspiration for rainy day crafts to do with the kids? This stamping tutorial is lovely.
"My girls don't want me to throw toilet paper rolls away so we are always making crafts with them! They both love hosting "tea parties" and that's how I came up with the idea of toilet paper tea sets! Hands down the best craft I ever made out of toilet paper rolls! They love it and play with it all the time!" -Ntina Ntonti, happygirlycrafty.blogspot.gr
Paper Village from Paper Rolls
This sweet project is amazingly easy for kids to do and the results are so cute!
How To Make Your Own Paper Clay
Don'y buy paper clay at the store when you can save toilet paper rolls from landfills and make your own at home!
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.
Make the perfect wreath for summer when you learn how to make these easy flowers out of TP rolls.
Make your drawers smell lovely! Put together this sachet and keep it in your dresser.
Lucky Toilet Paper Roll Clover
This is a cute craft to make with the kids and decorate your home around St. Patrick's Day!
This is another sweet take on a paper tube sachet that will have your drawer smelling just lovely.
I can't get over how awesome this project is! Work on the individual loops in front of the TV and put them together for a darling wall decoration!
Similar to the idea behind the toilet tube butterflies, this adoravle project involved putting together loops to decorate the wall.
These pretty blossoms are easy for anyone and so lovely.
Upgrade your nursery or little girl's room with this adorably sweet wall hanger made from materials you likely already have around the house!
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!
- 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
- Stuff them with candy and sweets and close off the two ends to create a fun candy popper.
- 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
- Turn them into colorful napkin rings.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- Wrap yarn around them to help keep it organized and untangled.
- Use them to store paint brushes or gluesticks.
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Jan 24, 2020
I think it is a fun activity to do with the kids
Jul 17, 2017
That birdfeeder is such a great idea!
Nov 18, 2016
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.
Mistress of All Ev il
Oct 28, 2016
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.
Toby K Editor
Jun 28, 2016
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.
Mar 01, 2016
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.
Mar 16, 2016
This is gorgeous, @bwilson 0283569! We love it. -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts.com
Mistress of All Ev il
Oct 28, 2016
This is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I definitely can't believe this was made out of TP rolls. Great job!
Dec 21, 2016
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
Mar 01, 2016
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!
Mar 01, 2016
That's such a great idea!
Jan 04, 2014
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.
Mar 31, 2014
Another great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!
Sep 17, 2013
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.
Mar 16, 2016
Awesome suggestion, @lyn36jade 0165546! -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts.com
Jun 06, 2013
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?
Mar 31, 2014
You can easily use paper towel rolls, too! Whatever works for you!
May 31, 2013
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'
Mar 16, 2016
That's an awesome idea, @hegwitch! You can easily cut wrapping paper tubes down to size. -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts
Mar 29, 2013
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
Mar 16, 2016
@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
Feb 13, 2013
I make crochet candles out of them
Jul 20, 2012
I prefer using paper towel rolls, they are stronger. Wax paper, foil and the smal press and seal tubes are fun to use.
Jun 04, 2012
I think filling a used toilet roll which is potentially crawling with E.coli bacteria, with foodstuffs is disgusting
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Apr 29, 2013
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.
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May 06, 2012
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
Mar 31, 2014
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!
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Apr 30, 2012
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
Apr 30, 2012
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!
Apr 29, 2012
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.
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Apr 28, 2012
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.
Apr 28, 2012
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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