A few weeks ago, I saw a post on using empty toilet paper rolls to store & organize cords. I thought it was so brilliant that I immediately started saving our empty rolls.
Then, I stumbled on a tip for using one as filler for frugal holiday decor, and I couldn’t stop thinking about this resource I’ve been ignorning.
Oh, sure, we recycle, but it’s always better to reuse it first. So, the hunt began for cool ways to repurpose toilet paper rolls. And, I just. couldn’t. stop.
There was just so much awesome out there! You can use toilet paper rolls for organization, decoration, gifts, toys — the possibilities for that little tube are just endless. Check out my favorites:
Advent Calendars 1 of 20
Binoculars 2 of 20Okay, so I couldn't resist including a few kid crafts. Amanda's binoculars are super cute and fun for young children.
Cardboard tube binoculars tutorial at Crafts by Amanda
Bird Feeder 3 of 20We love to feed the birds each winter, and peanut butter is a staple in our house. Tie it all together with this simple project.
Learn how to create your own toilet paper roll bird feeder from the Moffatt Girls.
Bracelets 4 of 20These totally remind me of slap bracelets — without the dangerous metal poking through.
Cardboard tube bracelet tutorial at Eighteen25
Cord Organizer 5 of 20
Craft Caddy 6 of 20My head is now swimming with things I can organize with toilet paper rolls. Once they're wrapped in fabric or decorative paper, you'd never know what it used to be.
Craft cady via Crissy's Crafts
Flowers 7 of 20These whimsical flowers would be the perfect table decoration for a tea party or Mother's Day.
Recycled flower craft via Parents.com
Gift Boxes 8 of 20Check out this unique gift box for small treats or gift cards — so simple, yet it would never have ocurred to me.
Gift box free printable at Paper Wings
Holiday Decor 9 of 20
Learning Books 10 of 20Create pull-tab learning booklets with empty toilet paper rolls. Homeschool mommas are smart!
Learning books via I Can Teach My Child
Napkin Rings 11 of 20Displaying your cloth napkins in upcycled toilet paper roll napkin rings? Now that's green living!
Recycled napkin rings tutorial at Alphamom
Pin Cushion 12 of 20I love easy projects that have lasting uses, like this toilet paper roll pin cushion.
Pin cushion tutorial at Michele Made Me
Princess Crown 13 of 20My girls love to dress up, and these crowns would be perfect for a rainy afternoon. Your child can be a TP princess — my youngest would get such a kick out of that.
Princess Crown pictorial at lilla a
Scrapbook 14 of 20I haven't been much for scrapbooking lately, even I could put together a simple flip book like these.
Scrapbook tutorial via Authentique paper
Seedling Planter 15 of 20Get your seedlings started in toilet paper rolls, until they're ready to be transplanted outdoors.
Seedling Planter instructions at Team Eco Etsy
Stars & Snowflakes 16 of 20Scissors, paint, glitter, done! If you add a few more, I bet you could create more of a snowflake look, too.
Star Ornament tutorial at Tortoise and the Hare
Stamper/Stencil 17 of 20Use the edge of a toilet paper roll as a stamper or stencil. You can create circles, hearts or your own unique shapes.
Via Heart Stamper via House of Baby Piranha
Wall Art 18 of 20
White Haired Wing 19 of 20Is this not the cutest recycled craft EVER? I can see this costume coming in handy for homework — schools around here love the wax museum projects.
White Haired Wig via Handmade Spark
Wreath 20 of 20A toilet paper wreath. Seriously. I am utterly amazed at the home decor options with this.
Toilet Paper Wreath via See You There Design
For more ideas, check out my new Toilet Paper Roll Pinterest board. I told you I couldn’t stop. And, now I can’t stop thinking of other everyday items to repurpose. So, welcome to the first in a series of reusable trash!
What is your favorite way to upcycle?
Faux Metal Wall Art via Suzy’s Sitcom
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