Child's Play All Grown Up! Artist Creates Masterful Dioramas with Toilet Paper Rolls (PHOTOS)

If you thought helping your kid create a diorama using a shoe box and some Legos for a social studies project was tedious, be prepared to feel . . . unskilled.

French artist Anastassia Elias usually paints and illustrates, but she took a break from all of that to master the art of toilet paper roll dioramas. She cuts small paper shapes that she sticks inside the toilet paper rolls, using tweezers to manipulate the paper shapes. By using paper of the same color as the roll, she says “it gives the illusion that the paper figures make part of the roll.”

You’ll never look at a toilet paper roll the same way again, and while you may try this at home, it’s doubtful your results will be quite so masterful. Take a look at some of Elias’ astounding toilet paper roll art creations:


  • Toilet Paper Roll Art 1 of 16
  • Rain 2 of 16

    "True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."


    - Albert Einstein

  • Fishing 3 of 16

    "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."


    - Vincent Van Gogh


  • Hair Salon 4 of 16

    "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."


    - Pablo Picasso

  • Laundry 5 of 16

    "The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artists is always a devout person."


    - Abraham Lincoln

  • Swing 6 of 16

    "A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."


    - Oscar Wilde


  • Cowboys 7 of 16

    "No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.


    - Oscar Wilde


  • Zoo Giraffes 8 of 16

    "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."


    - Thomas Merton



  • Paris 9 of 16

    "Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed."


    - Khalil Gibran


  • Boxing 10 of 16

    "This world is but a canvas to our imagination."


    - Henry David Thoreau


  • Prehistoric 11 of 16

    "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."


    - Scott Adams


  • China 12 of 16

    "Art is what you can get away with."


    ― Andy Warhol

  • Soccer 13 of 16

    "Creativity takes courage. "


    ― Henri Matisse

  • Traffic 14 of 16

    "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."


    ― Edgar Degas

  • Ballet 15 of 16

    "If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud."


    - Émile Zola

  • Tango 16 of 16

    "You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star."


    - Friedrich Nietzsche


All images used with permission from Anatassia Elias

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