Recycled art: Toilet paper roll crafts for kids

Some days I find it hard to be crafty with the kids– the markers dried up, the tape is gone, there’s no more construction paper, the play dough dried out, the list goes on. But when you change your perspective from only using “craft supplies” to using what you have on hand, the doors of creativity are endless. For example, check out these creative ideas you can do with an empty toilet paper roll.

Toilet paper roll crafts

Top Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids

1. Diorama: Create a miniature scene inside the toilet paper roll like Anastassia Elias does. Teach your kids about depth, scenery and take turns telling stories about your creation.

Toilet paper roll crafts

2. Magical Castle: Create a royal palace for you princes and princesses. Molly Moo used toilet paper rolls for tree trunks and castle decor.

Toilet paper roll crafts

3. Seedling containers: Make indoor planters out of cardboard toilet paper rolls.

Toilet paper roll crafts

4. Little monsters: Alisa Burke has captured our attention again with these high-energy characters made from  toilet paper rolls (you could even make the Royal Party to go with your toilet paper roll castle!).

Toilet paper roll crafts

5. Bird feeder: Give those sweet-sounding birds a treat this spring. Want to make it? Visit Angela over at The Coupon Project.

Toilet paper roll crafts

6. Marble Run: Teach kids about gravity and speed with this easy to make and super fun to play idea by TinkerLab.

Toilet paper roll crafts

7. Toilet Paper Catepillar:  Follow this step by step tutorial to make a very hungry caterpillar with your kids.

Toilet paper roll crafts

8. Heart Stamps: I love a simple spin on an ordinary object- like making a heart stamp out of a circular toilet paper roll. Rust & Sunshine shared this idea on their blog and I think they are just the perfect size for toddlers!

Toilet paper roll crafts

9. Rocket ship: You can thank No Time for Flash Cards for this styling rocket ship made from a toilet paper roll. I love the aluminum foil reflectors and the tissue paper fire. So stinking cute!

Looking for a place to store your toilet paper rolls for future craft projects? Why not have your child make a super easy and eco-friendly Art Recycle Box!

Join the discussion

Do you re-use toilet paper rolls for crafts in your home? I would love to hear some of your ideas too. And let me know if you are thinking about trying any of the above projects.

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3 Responses to Recycled art: Toilet paper roll crafts for kids

  1. Popo Joy April 20, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    What an amazing array of creative ideas to do with all those rolls. And we only used them for megaphones and pirate telescopes before.

  2. Layla January 12, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    There are some really creative ideas by just using toilet rolls!!!!

    • Family Sponge January 19, 2013 at 6:04 am #

      I know- right? It’s amazing what beautiful things can be made from common trash items.

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