Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

    by Kathryn Hatter

    About the Author

    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.


    Most homes can gather an abundance of toilet paper rolls in a short time. Once you have a generous amount of toilet paper rolls, it is time to choose some delightful projects for making innovative and creative crafts while going green with recycling. Even kids can get involved with the many different things to make from these simple cardboard tubes.

    Sighting Spring Butterflies

    A toilet paper roll, an unsharpened pencil, chenille stems and construction paper transform into a spring butterfly with a little paint, some glue, and your creativity. Brightly painted construction paper wings and a chenille stem attennae attach to the pencil's eraser. Once the wings are rolled around the pencil, and the whole project is slipped into a green-painted toilet paper roll, your butterfly can emerge from its cocoon.

    Attention-Getting Noisemaker

    Join the rhythm band with a noisemaker made from a decorated paper tube, some popcorn or rice and clear duct tape. After you add paint, stickers, glitter or other embellishments to the outside, pour in a tablespoon of the grains, cover the ends with tape, and march to the beat, shaking your noisemaker as you go.

    Exploring With Binoculars

    Join the jungle expedition with a set of personalized binoculars. Glue two toilet paper tubes together, decorate the outside with paint, markers, craft foam shapes, stamps and stickers and then tie yarn in holes punched on the outside edge of each roll to make a neck strap. You're ready to see the world through the eyes of an explorer.

    Wrapping It Up

    Glue some scrapbooking paper, wall paper or gift wrap around the tube before folding two sides of each end of the tube to the center, and you've got a quick, inexpensive container for a cash gift, gift card or small selection of trinkets.