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You won't believe that all of these amazing crafts started out as a humble toilet roll tube. We've got easy ideas that are sure to keep you and your kids entertained for a while.
With our great selection of things to make with toilet roll tubes, you'll never look at a humble loo roll tube the same way again. They hold a whole world of creative possibilities!
Don't let your lovely toilet roll tubes go to waste, when you could so easily recycle them and turn each one into wonderful and easy crafts, suitable for beginners (opens in new tab) that we think your kids would love to have a go at making. No matter the amount of craft supplies you have in your cupboards, you can always make do with just some paint and a flow of some creativity.
Looking for more ideas to keep kids busy? Check out our great outdoor activities for kids, perfect if you've got a garden. Or have a look at our great selection of other things to do with kids (opens in new tab), especially if they have to stay in the house for a while.
Things to make with toilet roll tubes...
There are so many things you can make with toilet roll tubes, from educational games to fun garden ornaments. Take a look at some of our favourites.
1. Create your own camera using toilet roll
This genius craft comes from the true experts - Cushelle (opens in new tab) - to help parents beat lockdown boredom with their kids. In this easy-to-follow video, you can learn how to create your very own, real-life camera using just a toilet paper tube and some basic crafting essentials.
You will need: Toilet paper tube, cardboard, coloured card, glue, scissors, string, sellotape, ruler, pencil
2. Number run craft
This number run toilet roll craft by @trust.teaching (opens in new tab) on Instagram is a great way to use up old toilet paper tubes and get little ones thinking about numbers.
You will need: toilet roll tubes, spare cardboard box, glue, black marker pens
3. Create your own hoopla out of a toilet roll tube
Another fantastic toilet paper craft activity from Cushelle. This one is perfect for anyone who loves crafting and playing games and simply with a couple of toilet paper tubes, you can create hours of hoopla fun. It's also great for using up leftover party plates and any other craft bits you have around, as you can decorate this hoopla how ever way you like.
You will need: Ruler, pencil, paint and brush, cardboard, scissors, bowl, paper plates, glue
3. Make your own bird feeder
A great activity to do with kids and a way to spend some time in the garden. Using just store cupboard (opens in new tab) ingredients like peanut butter and seeds, as well as cardboard toilet rolls, you can create a whole meal for the birds who fly into your garden.
You will need:
- Peanut butter
- Mixed bird seed
How to make a toilet roll bird feeder:
- Cover the outside of your toilet roll with peanut butter.
- Spread the birdseed out on a flat surface and roll the tube through it’s completely covered, then pat down to make sure the seed is firmly stuck in place.
- Loop your feeder over a branch of a tree in the garden.
- Now find a quiet place to sit and watch as the birds fly in!
4. Craft your own cute Koala using toilet toll
Cushelle are famous for their cute Koala mascot, so why not learn how to make your own with this exciting tutorial? It's easy to follow and a great way to keep little ones busy for a couple of hours as they can make a whole family of koalas to match their own.
You will need: Paint and brush, pegs, scissors, pen, toilet roll tube, black and grey felt card, glue
5. Toilet paper desk organiser
This desk organiser craft from Little Crafties is a perfect DIY pen tidy, made using just empty toilet rolls and a couple of craft supplies. Watch the video to learn how these crafters make this simple and useful desk organiser for your little one to keep their pens in.
You will need: Toilet roll tubes, cardboard, wrapping paper, scissors, paper glue and hot glue.
6. Colourful carp fish craft
This craft to make some colourful carp fish is one the great things you can do with toilet roll. They're so vibrant and can be used to create a delightful hanging decoration for your living room or kitchen - just a long piece of string.
You will need:
- Toilet roll tubes
- Paper/light cardboard pieces
- Googly eyes
- Wrapping paper
How to make this colourful carp fish craft:
- Take your toilet roll tubes, cut the bottom corners diagonally and then glue the ends together.
- Decorate your tube however you like, we recommend colourful wrapping paper and bright, metallic paints and of course, googly eyes.
- Cut fin and tail shapes from your light cardboard or paper, then decorate. Stick these on the tail end and side of your fish.
- To make a hanging mobile, make a small hole in the top and bottom of your fish and string the length through, trying a small knot after each fish.
7. Toilet roll bunny craft
8. Toilet roll castle craft
This craft is another one of the great things you can do with toilet rolls. Make your own cardboard castle like they have @toddler.lockdown, then decorate using any paints, glitter, stickers or whatever else you fancy! It's a relatively easy craft to get stuck into (with a little adult supervision).
You will need: 6 toilet roll tubes, additional cardboard, glue, scissors, paint/coloured paper.
9. Make your own toilet roll horses
Use this great tutorial from Easy Kids Craft (opens in new tab) on YouTube to create these fun horses from toilet paper. Whether your child loves horses or is just looking for a way to occupy a couple of hours, these horses will keep their hands busy for a while.
You will need: Toilet roll tubes, scissors, glue, string, paint and markers.
Or if you prefer unicorns, try your hand at this nifty craft from Instagram (opens in new tab).
10. Heart-shaped stamps
These heart-shaped stamps are a really unique craft to get involved with. Perfect for Valentines Day or just to show family and friends that you love them, these heart shaped stamps from Rust and Sunshine (opens in new tab) are great fun especially for very little ones.
If you don't have any red paint to hand though, don't worry! Just use whatever colour you've got lying around the house. It also works great with blue or green paint too.
You can also use a similar technique to create this unique sunflower picture (opens in new tab).
You will need: Toilet paper tubes, paint
11. Indoor gardening with toilet roll
This is a great one to get kids into gardening, even if they can't go outside! With this indoor gardening craft, you can bring the outdoors into your home. Just decide how many of these little seedlings you want to plant, then get the crafting materials out because you're ready to go. Here's what to do...
You will need:
- Waterproof container
- Toilet paper rolls
- Potting soil
How to make seedling starters:
- Cut the toilet rolls in half
- Make four cuts in the half roll, about 2 inches from the bottom all around the tube
- Fold the cut areas to make a bottom, like you would close a box
- Pour your potting soil into the tubes then fill them with seeds
- It's that simple. Leave by a sunny window and make sure you remember to water them!
12. Toilet roll house
Another great craft activity from Easy Kids Craft on YouTube. These little houses are so cute, they'll make perfect little home for your kids' toys, or take them out in the garden and offer up a new home for some of the insects.
The great thing about these little houses is that you can decorate them how you want, so don't be afraid to go wild with colour!
You will need: Acrylic paint, toilet roll tubes, paint brush, permanent marker, craft glue, scissors, cupcake cases.
13. Shape and colour matching toilet roll craft
This one is for very little children who might just be learning about colours and shapes (so really this is a craft for adults!). Create this fun activity by following the advice on Instagram from @peanuts_play and get creating. Who know what other exciting ideas you could come up with in the process?
Grace Walsh is a Features Writer for Goodto.com, covering breaking news health stories during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as lifestyle and entertainment topics. She has worked in media since graduating from the University of Warwick in 2019 with a degree in Classical Civilisation and a year spent abroad in Italy. It was here that Grace caught the bug for journalism, after becoming involved in the university’s student newspaper and radio station.
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