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20 Amazing Ways to Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls

By Just Heather |

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:

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Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls for Crafts, Organization and Home Decor

Advent Calendars

I love this advent calendar. I've actually seen a few different versions of a toilet paper advent calendar — all of them super easy, cheap, and ready to fill with treats, devotions, good deeds or family fun activities.
Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar via Woman's Day

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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About Just Heather


Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “20 Amazing Ways to Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls

  1. Lori says:

    The right side of your pictures and the captions are cut off. I seem to have this problem. When viewing this type of posting on Babble on my iPod. Is it my IPod or is everyone having this problem. Great ideas by the way!

  2. denise says:

    i have another way to use toilet paper rolls
    take the roll lay it on a small piece of gift wrap roll tape it down than take the excess paper on one end and twist tape it to secure it than the open end put candy inside than do the same thing with that end you did to the other than add some pretty ribbon on both ends it should look like a big tootsie roll
    or you can make two out of a paper towel roll unless you want to make a huge tootsie roll

  3. Dawn Rose says:

    Love it!!!
    @ Lori, I have the same issue with my Droid if holding the phone vertical… Turn it sideways and the problem should go away.
    @ Denise, my family always did the same thing! Fill with candy or small toys, wrap with paper, twists the ends and tie off with curly ribbon. For birthdays, or just because, we would wrap with the Sunday Comics (since Sun was in color) Then us kids had just as much fun reading our gifts as we did opening them.

  4. Ann says:

    These ideas are all cute and inventive, but even though I used to use toilet tissue rolls for crafts many years ago (including making toy soldiers like the ones you showed), now I cringe whenever I see schools asking for toilet roll donations for the kids to make crafts with. Even aside from thinking of what may be on the fingers of people making a sudden, emergency roll replacement on the bathroom dispenser, toilet water is now known to aerosolize for several feet when being flushed. The gross factor of using the empty rolls for candy receptacles, etc. is just too high for me. I don’t know how I’d handle it if I encountered a toilet roll napkin ring at a dinner party!

  5. zografia says:

    this is my version of toilet paper roll art!hope you like it!

  6. Beth morrow says:

    I’ve used the cord storage idea for years but the thought of covering them…not so much…love that idea…excited about saving those rolls now! Thanks this was an awesome read!

  7. Janis says:

    Tubes keep tongs together for easier storage. The heavier the tube, the better.

  8. linda allen says:

    You got my vote hands down, I am from Brazoria Texas, and you should
    get some kind of prize for you ingenuity.

    keep it up, your life must be so much fun !!!!

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