How to Make Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

By Mary Smith. Updated: February 27, 2017
How to Make Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

Feel like doing some arts and crafts with recycled materials? It can be great fun to do, and it's also economical, as you'll be able to re-use a whole host of objects you've got lying around at home, which you'd just end up throw away otherwise. Toilet paper rolls are a good example of this type of material, and in this OneHowTo article we'll show you various examples of how to make toilet paper roll crafts. What are you waiting for?

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Toilet paper roll Animals

One of the most common things to make with toilet paper rolls are little animals, and you can make any animal you can think of. In the picture, we've just shown three examples: rabbits, butterflies and owls, but the truth is that you can also make lots of other animals such as horses, lions or elephants. Just let your imagination run wild!

So, for your cardboard animals, in addition to the tubes you'll need tempera or another type of paint that's suitable for cardboard, a paintbrush, a black marker, pieces of colored cardboard, scissors and - if you like - stick-on eyes, if you don't want to make them yourself out of cardboard.

For rabbits, cut out two strips of toilet roll tube to make the ears and glue them to the top of the tube. For butterflies, you'll need to make the wings out of card or something similar, while for owls you should bend the top part of the tube inwards to make the ears, and add some other card-based features to make eyes or feathers.

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Toilet paper roll snakes

Another animal that works great with cardboard tubes is the snake. All you need to do is cut the tube into a spiral shape. Although at first glance it may seem complicated, it really isn't, and you can use any pair of scissors that you've got at home, as the material is so soft. But remember to paint the inner and outer parts of the toilet roll tube before you cut it, as this will be much easier.

Cut one of the sides into a snake tongue shape, i.e. with two triangular points. You can make them stand out by painting them a different colour, red for example. Add some stick-on or card-based eyes and, if you like, decorate your snake with a marker.

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Toilet paper roll cars

Want to race some cardboard cars? Toilet paper rolld are perfect for making cars, either to play with or to decorate your home. As well as painting them, you'll need to make a hole for the driver's seat, then make some wheels and the front and back parts out of cardboard, which you should paint the same colour as the rest of the car.

To attach the wheels to the cardboard tube, you can use little paper fasteners, like the ones used in schools. We recommend using a ruler to measure the distance between the wheels and the tube, and for all the wheels to be positioned in the same way.

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Toilet paper roll flower

Cardboard tubes aren't just for making toys, you can also use them to make things for purely decorative purposes, like these delightful coloured flowers. You just need to paint the toilet roll tube and then cut it up into strips, which should all be the same size.

Each of the strips will become a flower petal, so you'll need to join them together using a glue stick or some other type of adhesive.

Hang them on the wall and create different colored flowers to make an amazing pattern!

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Toilet paper roll gift boxes

We should also mention these curious little boxes, which you can give to people as gifts. First, decorate the toilet paper roll with some sort of pattern, either by painting it or lining it with a material of your choosing, washi tape for instance.

Then, fold both sides of the roll inside to create flaps, with which you can close the box. You could also add a bow or ribbon to make sure the box stays shut, and looks even prettier.

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Toilet paper roll wall art

Another form of wall art is to create a picture with the toilet paper roll. Paint several rolls of toilet paper and cut them into strips. Create your own pattern by placing them strategically on their sides on a paper surface or canvas. Now you'll just need to frame the creation and hang it on the wall.

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Iphone speaker with toilet roll

One of the most useful hacks that we can create with toilet paper rolls is a speaker for your iphone or smartphone.

You'll only have to create a slit on one of the sides of the roll so it is as wide as your phone. Create a stand on the bottom part of the roll with pins so it stands still and voilà! Now you'll be able to listen to your smatphone's music even louder!

Other crafts with waste material

If you love making your own objects with waste material, OneHowto offers you plenty of ideas for both kids and adults!

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