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21 Toilet Paper Tube Hacks

While toilet paper tubes may seem like disposable waste, they can actually be repurposed into a plethora of creative and practical items with just a dash of ingenuity. With 21 simple yet effective hacks to get you started, the possibilities are endless. Before discarding those tubes, take a moment to consider how they could be transformed into something fun, functional, and perhaps even innovative.

And if you happen to stumble upon any unique uses not listed here, please don’t hesitate to share – after all, there’s always an abundance of toilet paper tubes waiting to be repurposed.

DIY Phone Holder

To craft a makeshift phone stand, start by dividing a toilet paper tube into two halves. The key to achieving the perfect stand lies in cutting a rectangle that fits your phone snugly. You can keep things simple with a single color or get creative and add stickers, gemstones, or any other embellishments that catch your eye. With a little imagination, you’ll have a functional and visually appealing phone holder in no time.

Flower Stampers

Transform toilet paper tubes into unique stamps by cutting them into strips. Then, bend each strip into desired shapes to create intricate flower patterns. This simple technique allows for a range of results, from delicate petal details to large, dramatic blooms. The versatility of this method makes it perfect for spring-themed art projects and can be used to add texture and visual interest to various mediums.

DIY Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder

Create a bird feeder by transforming a toilet paper tube into a peanut butter and birdseed haven. This activity is perfect for family bonding, as everyone can participate and learn together. To take it to the next level, set up a notebook near the window overlooking the feeders and encourage family members to record the various bird species they spot. For those who are new to birdwatching, have them draw what they see, and watch their knowledge grow.

If you enjoy this activity, be sure to check out these unique toilet paper roll crafts designed specifically for adults.

Castle Craft

Castle Craft

Transform a humble toilet paper tube into a majestic medieval castle, sparking imaginative play for kids. This creative project requires a modest collection of materials, depending on the scale you envision, but the end result is well worth the effort. For an extra touch of magic, consider embellishing the castle’s rooftops with glittery paper or other decorative elements.

DIY Pencil Case

Transform an ordinary cardboard tube into a charming pencil holder by cutting and decorating it. However, don’t cut the entire tube; instead, leave a small portion uncut to serve as a hinge, allowing the case to open and close easily. If you’re inspired by this creative idea, be sure to explore these other innovative paper roll crafts that are sure to impress.

Keep Your Wrapping Paper Rolled Up

Revamping your gift wrapping space just got a whole lot easier. A simple yet ingenious hack is to place a toilet paper tube, sliced into manageable pieces, onto each opened wrapping paper roll. This clever trick keeps the paper from unraveling and ensures a tidy storage solution. Take it to the next level by labeling each tube with the corresponding season or occasion. This way, you can quickly locate the perfect wrap for any time of year, making gift-giving a breeze.

Building Blocks

Transform the tubes into varying lengths, creating a diverse set of building blocks for kids to engage with. Similar to the castle project, this process may require some patience upfront, but the payoff is well worth the effort once you’ve built a substantial collection. The most exciting aspect: You can customize each block by coloring them in your child’s favorite hues or your own preferred colors, allowing for endless creative possibilities and personalized fun.

Superhero Cuffs Craft

Superhero Cuffs Craft

For families who are passionate about superheroes, creating DIY superhero cuffs is a fun and creative activity that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Not only do these cuffs make great conversation starters, but they’re also an affordable alternative to store-bought options. To get started, gather some basic stamping cutouts in the shape of stars, half-moons, or other simple shapes that fit your child’s favorite superhero theme.

Giraffe Craft

Giraffe Craft

While crafting a giraffe with toilet paper tubes can be a delightful experience, I must admit that the most enjoyable aspect for me is creating the long neck and legs. To elevate the creativity quotient, consider turning your giraffe into a puppet by attaching strings to strategic areas of the animal. This will enable you to manipulate it from all angles.

For an added layer of fun, pair your handmade giraffe with a kids’ book featuring the same majestic creature – one of our go-to choices is Giraffes Can’t Dance.

Easy Fire Starters (for making campfires)

Easy Fire Starters (for making campfires)

By converting toilet paper tubes into DIY fire starters, you can create a reliable and eco-friendly way to spark up campfires or backyard gatherings. Simply fill the tubes with dryer lint and mix it with melted wax, creating a convenient and reusable option for any outdoor adventure. To keep them organized and within reach, I store my creations in a waterproof bag, ensuring they’re always ready to go whenever I need them.

What’s more, this upcycling hack not only reduces waste but also saves me money by repurposing materials that would otherwise be discarded. It’s a win-win for the environment and my wallet.

Ladybug Craft

Transform an ordinary toilet paper tube into a charming ladybug decoration by adding a pop of color. Alternatively, simplify the process and opt for pre-colored red cardstock. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed bug enthusiast or looking for a fun activity to share with your little ones, these whimsical ladybug crafts are sure to delight.

Firework-Themed Blower Craft

Firework-Themed Blower Craft

Summer is the perfect time for crafting with kids, and our firework-themed blowers are an absolute hit. To make them, simply paint the tubes black, let the children unleash their creativity by chalking their own unique firework displays onto the streamers, and then attach the decorated streamers to one end of the tube. This fun activity not only brings a smile to their faces but also helps build excitement for the upcoming fireworks celebrations.

Dinosaur Craft Project

Transform a humble toilet paper tube into a roaring dinosaur with the help of some creative painting and a few strategically placed paper spikes. You can choose to bring this prehistoric creature to life or take your imagination on a journey to create a more iconic dino. The possibilities are endless, and if you’re looking for even more fun ideas, you can explore our collection of toilet paper roll crafts that are sure to delight both kids and parents alike.

Snowman Craft Project

Snowman Craft Project

Transform a humble toilet paper tube into a charming winter wonderland snowman. This delightful DIY project is an excellent way to kick off the holiday season, allowing you to create a series of adorable snowmen that can be displayed together as your collection grows.

Organize Cords in Toilet Paper Rolls

One clever trick that I’ve found particularly useful and timeless is repurposing toilet paper tubes as makeshift cord organizers. The simplicity of this hack lies in its straightforward execution: simply store your cords within the tubes and label them accordingly. This way, you’ll never have to embark on a frustrating search for a specific cable again.

Unicorn Craft Project

Transform a mundane toilet paper tube into an enchanting unicorn by adorning it with glitter and whimsical paper cutouts. This DIY project is perfect for a rainy day’s entertainment, offering a delightful puppet show that will transport you to a magical realm. I’ve always been fascinated by the art of ‘unicorn-ifying’ everyday objects – these toilet paper tube creations are some of my most cherished endeavors.

Experiment with various colored yarns to add an extra layer of sophistication and create a truly majestic mane and tail.

Train Craft

Train Craft

Transform toilet paper tubes into a creative train that encourages imaginative play among children. To start, gather multiple tubes and join them together, using extra cut-up tubes as the lead car and caboose. For added functionality, employ a small hole punch to create attachment points on each car, enabling kids to connect and detach them with ease.

Organize Cables and Prevent Tangling

Designate a central hub for your lesser-used cables by storing them in longer reels or compact containers, neatly contained within a designated storage box. This will eliminate the frustration of searching multiple rooms for a specific cord, allowing you to focus on more important tasks.

Popsicles Art Project

Popsicles Art Project

When summer’s on the horizon, we like to get creative and prepare for the warmest months ahead. One fun activity is repurposing toilet paper tubes as molds for frozen popsicles. It’s a great way to spend quality time with your little ones, and they’ll surely enjoy the end result. As a bonus, you can store these tasty treats alongside their favorite playthings in an imaginative ice cream shop or truck setup – it’s a wonderful way to encourage creativity and role-playing skills.

The possibilities are endless.

Mandala

Mandala

While I have a deep appreciation for this craft, I acknowledge that it requires a certain amount of time and planning to execute well. To create a vibrant mandala art project, start by cutting the tube into small circles. These can then be used as the foundation for your design. For added color and visual interest, consider applying multiple layers of spray paint to each circle. Allow each layer to dry before building up further coats until you’re satisfied with the result.

Advent Calendar

Transform your countdown to Christmas or any other special event by crafting a unique DIY advent calendar. Start by decorating toilet paper tubes with vibrant paper, filling them with treats or counting down the days until the big day. Get creative and shape your calendar into whatever fun design you can imagine. To give it some extra stability and make it easy to hang, punch a few holes at the top of each tube and thread sturdy string through them.

This will allow you to securely attach your calendar to a wall or door, making it a beautiful and functional addition to your holiday decor.