If you don’t collect your empty toilet paper rolls you are missing out on a huge treasure chest of easy and unique toilet paper craft ideas your kids will love. In this list you can choose the simple and classic binoculars for intrepid explorers, pretty birdfeeders which will not only feed the wildlife but also teach toddlers consideration for all living things, and even make a lucky leprechaun king as a St. Patrick’s Day decoration. And you thought it was just a cardboard tube!
Shark Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Follow this tutorial which will show you how to turn a simple toilet roll tube into a ferocious (or friendly) shark, complete with teeth and scary, starey eyes.
Cardboard Tube Unicorn Craft
Who’d have thought something as plain as an empty cardboard tube could be turned into a magical creature, with nothing more than a few crafty bits and a sprinkle of unicorn magic?
Toilet Roll Dinosaurs
Print out the free templates included in this step by step guide, and you will be able to create not one but two dinosaurs from one empty kitchen paper roll.
Cardboard Tube Tiger
Collect a few cardboard tubes and set the kids to work designing and creating their own tigers, using orange and black paints, markers, and some googly eyes to finish.
Toilet Paper RollStar Wars Characters
These Star Wars figures are brilliant, and would be an absorbing craft for kids to get involved in with a little help from Mom or Dad for some of the more fiddly bits.
Beautifully cheerful, these rainbow windsocks can be made by hanging rainbow colored streamers from a painted blue roll, which is finished with a happy-looking cloud on the front.
Jumping Jack Bugs
These jumping jack bugs are operated with a simple string pull, and can be decorated with just a black marker, although they would look even more impressive if painted with different colors.
Toilet Paper Roll Fairy Houses
You and your little ones can make an entire village of enchanted fairy houses by following this guide on how to create these magical dwellings which actually light-up inside.
Recycled Birdhouse Craft
Ideally suited to both Easter trees and Christmas trees, these pretty toilet paper roll birdhouse ornaments look beautiful when painted in bright colors and hung with coordinating string or ribbon.
Toilet Paper Roll Marble Run
There’s something fascinating about dropping a marble into a hole and letting gravity do its thing, and this cardboard tube run allows kids to create their own marble maze at very little cost.
Lorax Toilet Paper Roll Craft
This would be a great craft activity to do with the kids after sitting down together to watch Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – they could re-enact their favorite scenes with their very own character.
Toilet Paper Roll Desk Tidy
Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas which are the most effective, and this toilet roll pen tidy is certainly simple. Paint the insides to add color, and stick them all into a cardboard box.
Paper Roll Fish Recycling Craft
Perfect for an inexpensive fishing game, or as play food for a make-believe store, these paper roll fish can be decorated with stripes, scales, dots and more for an activity that keeps on giving.
Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starter Pots
For the ultimate way to teach kids about sustainable living and recycling, create a collection of growing pots using empty toilet roll tubes and fill them with compost in which to plant seeds.
Toilet Paper Roll Cat Scratcher
An old favorite, binoculars made from toilet roll tubes add a big fun factor to playtime, and this step by step guide shows you how to create pretty patterned ones.
Look at these cute little heart robots! Made from cardboard tubes and aluminum foil for the ‘electronic panel’ bits, these little sweeties are ideal for Valentine’s Day or any day crafting.
Toilet Paper Roll Train Craft
This train set is awesome, and can be painted in the brightest colors you can find (or you could stick to a traditional color scheme); what’s more, it can be pulled along!
Toilet Paper Roll Building Blocks
Kids can build their fine motor skills as well as ‘buildings’ with these fun make-at-home blocks, which can be decorated with scrapbook paper and stacked as high as the sky.
Toilet Paper Roll Leprechaun King
Make these little leprechaun kings in time for St. Patrick’s Day and you can decorate the home or party venue with lots of cheerful but very mischievous red-haired imps.
Toilet Paper Roll Octopus
This orange octopus will brighten even the dullest of days, especially if the kids draw a great big smile on him, and who wouldn’t smile with such lovely curly tentacles?
Toilet Paper Roll Aliens
This is one craft for kids where they can really let their imagination run wild; with a crazy color body and rainbow pipe cleaner arms (lots of them), these aliens are fabulous.
Diy Bird Feeder
This birdfeeder is a simple craft idea that the kids will be able to enjoy for a long time afterwards, as they sit indoors and watch their feathered friends feast on their creation.
Diy Confetti Poppers
Most confetti poppers aren’t suitable for little hands, but if you don’t want them to miss out on the fun, why not make a set of these safe-for-kids poppers instead?
Paper Roll Shape Stamps
Turn a handful of empty toilet paper tubes into various shaped cardboard stampers by following the easy directions in this blog post, then just dip in paint and stamp away!
Toilet Paper Roll Dog Marionette
You’ll need both kitchen towel rolls and toilet paper rolls for this marionette craft for kids, which (with the addition of chestnuts) can be turned into an adorable dachshund puppet.
These party crowns are super simple to make and look incredible – nobody would guess they were made from toilet paper tubes! Decorate with washi tape, cut into shape, and voila!
Toilet Paper Roll Seahorse Puppets
Sea horses hold something of a magical fascination for many kids, so why not teach them about them with the help of these sweet cardboard puppets which will bring learning to life?
Cardboard Tube Elephant Craft
Googly eyes and paint are your best friends when it comes to toilet paper roll craft ideas; just look at these adorable elephants, which would look fabulous sitting on a shelf.
Paper Towel Roll Flowers
These flowers would make a beautiful alternative to a bouquet on Mother’s Day or birthdays, but don’t let the material fool you – these blooms have a surprisingly rustic look.
Cardboard Tube Bowling Game
Ten pin bowling is always a great game to while away a rainy day, but if you don’t have a set don’t worry, this tutorial will show you how to make your own.
Recycled Apple Craft
Paint, glue, and cardboard tubes are all they’ll need to create these sweet rosy red apples, which could be used as ornaments or even pretend fruit for a play grocery store.
Introduce toddlers to the world of stamping by making a cute heart-shaped cardboard heart, which can be dipped into red paint to make adorable Valentine’s Day cards for everyone in the family.
Toilet Paper Roll Owls
These owls are, quite frankly, stunning. They’re made using toilet paper rolls and then decorated with googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and paint, or even sequins if you want yours to really sparkle.
While some people are scared of clowns, no-one could help falling in love with these adorable pranksters, especially when your kids paint the biggest smiles ever on their funny little faces.
Toilet Paper Rolls Unicorn Marionette
You wouldn’t believe you could make such a pretty unicorn from a couple of cardboard tubes, but you can, and what’s more, you can bring it to life because it’s a marionette, too.
Toilet Paper Roll Monsters
There’s no right or wrong way to make a monster, which makes it an ideal activity for kids to use their imagination – this guide will show them how it’s done.
Toilet Paper Roll Ball Drop
This is a fun activity for kids to help them develop coordination, spatial awareness, and fine motor skills, and all you need is a bowl, a cardboard tube, and some pom poms.
This guide will take you through the steps needed to turn a cardboard tube into a Rockhopper penguin, which would make the perfect springboard to learning about these adorable little birds.