In this post, I’m sharing all of our favourite toilet paper roll crafts and paper towel roll crafts as well as ways to use other cardboard tubes for art, crafts and activities.
Below, you’ll find ideas for:
- Holiday crafts made with toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls
- Kids’ art made with cardboard rolls
- Learning games and activities made with cardboard tubes
- Ways to use cardboard rolls for homemade toys and play ideas
Here in my daycare, we love crafting with cardboard tubes. Toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper tubes, food-wrap tubes, poster tubes and mailing tubes are all valuable crafting commodities at our house.
My family knows they’re not allowed to throw out any kind of cardboard roll. Ha! They think I’m nuts for hoarding them, but there are so many ways to use them for daycare crafts and activities, I hate to throw them away.
We make a ton of preschool crafts with toilet rolls and paper towel rolls. Wrapping paper rolls are great when you need a long tube, and the tubes that hold cling-wrap or aluminum foil are great when you need something a little sturdier.
If you have a growing stash of cardboard rolls at your house, this post is for you.
Where to buy cardboard rolls?
If you don’t have a stash of your own, and you want to buy cardboard tubes for crafting in bulk, you can order them here on Amazon with my affiliate link. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases)
30+ Things to Make with Cardboard Tubes:
Click on the links below to see the full tutorial for each craft or activity.
Fall Toilet Paper Roll Crafts
Fall and Thanksgiving Toilet Paper Roll Crafts:
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.
This Thankful Turkey Gratitude Craft is fun and easy to make, and encourages kids to reflect on all the things they’re thankful for.
Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Crafts:
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?
This toilet roll menorah is fun and easy to make, and a great way for young children to learn about and participate safely in the tradition of lighting the menorah during Hanukkah.
Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Crafts
Cardboard Roll Christmas Ornaments:
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.
These cardboard roll Christmas candles are one of my all-time favourite ways to use paper towel rolls, and one of our most popular Christmas crafts.
TMNT fans will adore these cardboard toll ninja turtle ornaments.
Spring Crafts with Toilet Paper Rolls and Paper Towel Rolls
And a paper towel roll butterfly is the perfect craft for spring.
The kids can drum up some April showers with these colourful rain sticks. made from the sturdy cardboard tubes that once held aluminum foil.
Easter Toilet Paper Roll Crafts:
These Easter chicks in paper nests are just too sweet.
Peeps! Everyone loves Easter peeps, right?
And don’t forget about the Easter bunnies!
We’ve made “chocolate” Easter bunnies out of toilet rolls too.
Bracelets and Cuffs:
Make some simple toilet roll cuff bracelets.
Anklets can be made using cardboard rolls and colourful duct tape.
Making Art with Toilet Paper Rolls
Cardboard Tube Activities for Learning
Use a poster tube or wrapping paper tube to make a”cardboard drop zone” for toddlers. It will keep kids entertained, strengthen fine motor skills , and help children understand cause and effect.
Knitting on a cardboard roll is a ton of fun, and a great way for kids to make belts, scarves and bracelets while learning some early knitting skills.
Making Art with Cardboard Tubes
Make some cool 3-D structures with tubes and a low-temp glue gun.
Create a unique piece of art for a kid’s room, toy room or classroom.
Kids can use cardboard rolls to stamp a piece of heart art for their bedroom or playroom.
DIY Toilet Roll Art Caddy
This yarn-wrapped desk organizer is a fabulous way for kids to keep their most-used art supplies at their fingertips. It’s a quick and easy craft that tweens and teens will love.
Ways to Use 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 using toilet rolls for both the dolls and the bases that they stand on.
Turn a long cardboard tube into a torch.
Make a set of homemade dolls to play with using assorted cardboard rolls, fabric scraps and yarn.
Well, what do you think? Are you inspired?
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 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. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.