I admit it. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to cardboard tubes. I just can’t bring myself to part with them. Here in my daycare, we love crafting with toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper tubes, food-wrap rolls, poster tubes, mailing tubes… My family thinks I’m nuts, but when you think of all the things you can make with a cardboard tube, how COULD you possibly throw them away?
There are hundreds of ways to re-use your cardboard tubes. Toilet paper tubes and paper towel rolls are perfect for most preschool crafts. Wrapping paper rolls are great when you need a super-long tube, and the tubes that hold cling-wrap or aluminum foil are great when you need something a little sturdier.
Do you have a growing stash of cardboard rolls at your house?
Well, bust ‘em out because I’ve rounded up 22 ways for you to use them in the craft room and the playroom.
22 Things to Make with Cardboard Tubes:
Click on the highlighted descriptions to see a full tutorial for each craft or activity.
Fall Decorations with Cardboard Tubes:
Use a cool paint process to make some fall napkin rings.
Make a turkey table topper for your Thanksgiving table.
Round up some fabric scraps and a few crafty odds and ends for some adorable toilet roll owls.
Crafting for Halloween:
The kids will love making a quirky monster mobile out of cardboard rolls.
A spooky crow or owl is a very fitting decoration for Halloween.
Our toilet roll mummies help little ones develop their winding and wrapping skills.
Winter Toilet Roll Crafts:
These cardboard roll snowmen are just the cutest little things, aren’t they?
The hooligans LOVE playing with our toilet roll Nativity set.
Cardboard Roll Christmas Crafts:
Fleece, batting and a cardboard roll makes an adorable Santa Claus.
Make a set of cute reindeer ornaments for your Christmas tree.
This snowman ornament would be great for the tree or as a gift topper.
Summons up some April showers with a colourful rain stick.
These Easter chicks in paper nests are just too sweet.
Peeps! Everyone loves Easter peeps, right?
And don’t forget about the Easter bunnies! Check out our paint chip bunting too!
Bracelets and Cuffs:
Make some simple toilet roll cuff bracelets.
Anklets can be made using cardboard rolls and colourful duct tape.
Skill Building Activities:
Make some cool 3-D structures with tubes and a low-temp glue gun.
Toddlers love to drop things through our cardboard Drop Zone.
Arts and Crafts:
Create a unique piece of art for a kid’s room, toy room or classroom.
Turn a long cardboard tube into a torch.
Cardboard Tubes for Play:
In a pinch, a sturdy kitchen roll, makes an excellent bubble wand.
Make a set of simple “stand up” paper dolls.
Well? What do you think? Did we inspire you? Now, it’s your turn to inspire me! If you have a favourite cardboard roll craft or activity, I’d love to hear about it!
Before you go, be sure to check out this fab collection of tp roll Christmas crafts for kids by Red Ted Art.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.