Top 10 Things to do With Toilet Paper Rolls

Images of things that have been recycled into something cooler than what it originally was is one of my favourite things to look at. Most people call it “Upcycling” But I call it pure genius. From old ladders, cars, books and even pallets, they have all been given the upcycling treatment. But what about normally pointless empty toilet paper rolls?!? Surely there is something we can turn them into!? Well, it seems that there are hundreds of amazing ideas that people have come up with to use them up. Well, I have not got the time to bring you hundreds of them and you have most probably not got the time to read them. So why don’t we just take a look at what I think is…


Top 10 Things to do With Toilet Paper Rolls


Art Caddy from Cardboard (Toilet Paper) Rolls
Art Caddy from Cardboard (Toilet Paper) Rolls

10 – Everything has its place
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We start this post off with a good one. This rather amazing “Stationary Caddy” is perfect to use up lots of loo rolls all at once, and great to make with kids or without. Want to make one? Well just click on that image link and away you go! (might have a go myself)

Toilet roll sculpture from Yuken Teruya
Toilet roll sculpture from Yuken Teruya

9 – Welcome to the “Corner Forest”
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What you are looking at is the artwork of “Yuken Teruya” and is nothing more than some old toilet rolls that make been cut and folded to look like sprouting and spreading branches!   While this is most probably way beyond us normal people’s art skills, it is still worth including because with a little bit of practice you might be able to do something similar.

DIY loo rolls bird feeder
DIY loo rolls bird feeder

8 – Feed the birds!
www.goodtoknow.co.uk/family/galleries/34386/how-to-make-toilet-roll-bird-feeders

Simply roll an empty toilet roll in peanut butter and then roll that in some seeds and Bob’s your uncle you have an instant DIY bird feeder! This amazing idea is done step by step with you over on the image source link. Good use of empty rolls and great fun to make as well.

Wrought Iron toilet roll art
Wrought Iron toilet roll art

7 – From cardboard to Iron!
www.thriftycraftygirl.com/2011/06/wrought-iron-except-its-not.html

This is not some weird Alchemy Transmutation but is in fact something rather amazing to make with all those empty toilet rolls!  And the best bit is that there is once again a full on a step-by-step guide on the image link! This just might be worth a go I think.

paper towel rolls marble run
paper towel rolls marble run

6 – It is all fun and games!
www.serving-pink-lemonade.com/2010/03/marble-run.html

This “Marble Run” game made with several old loo rolls is perfect for birthday party fun, or maybe just to keep the little ones amused. Stuff it, even I want to have a play with this!!!

Castle made with used loo rolls
Castle made with used loo rolls

5 – Fit for a Princess
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Now before anyone says anything I know this is not the most original thing made with toilet rolls but this image, this build is! What I love about it is that it’s not too hard to copy and this one looks far better than all the other castle built with loo rolls. Also, please do check out the image link as it leads to the artist who made it and fellow WordPress blogger.

Bat made with toilet roll
Bat made with toilet roll

4 – “Just who is….BatRoll?!?”
www.filthwizardry.com/2009/11/toilet-roll-bat-fun.html

Love it, love it, love it! This fantastic idea for Halloween doesn’t just look great but is also fairly simple to make. Just click on the (source) link and there is a great step-by-step guide on how to make them. Fun to make even if Halloween is a long time away I think!

Tissue Tube Dwarfs
Tissue Tube Dwarfs

3 – Which one is wipey?!?
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Why not bring a touch of Disney Magic to your home by making these rather cool looking Dwarfs from Snow White?!? Simple to make (via the simple to follow guide in the image link) and they would be great fun to make with the little ones or maybe for a Christmas decoration.

Amazing artwork done with loo rolls
Amazing artwork done with loo rolls

2 – Toilet roll and happy memories.
www.boredpanda.com/tiny-toilet-paper-roll-scenes/

WOW! For me, that is just about all I can say about these incredible pieces of art so maybe it is best to just hand you over to the words of the artist themselves a Ms Annastassia Elias: “I cut the small paper shapes that I stick inside the toilet paper rolls. I use tweezers to manipulate the paper shapes. I select the paper of the same colour as the roll. It gives the illusion that the paper figures make part of the roll.” So it is nothing that the likes of you and me will be able to replicate. But it’s still worth including in this list for sure.

Loo Roll Wire Organizer Box
Loo Roll Wire Organizer Box

1 – Nerds can upcycle as well!
www.instructables.com/id/TP-Roll-Organizer-Box-instructable/?ALLSTEPS

For me, it just doesn’t get any better than this. Being a nerd, I have more wires than I can use and always have bags and draws full of them. Well, I think that is in the past because now I know how to make one of these amazing “Toilet roll wire organisers” by following the step-by-step guide to making on in the image link!

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  3. Excellent! Love some of these ideas – might have to give ’em a go (my hubby is going to do a lot of eye rolling when he sees me hoarding toilet rolls, I can see it now…)

  4. I have to try the ironwork! And the marble run most certainly! The sculpture and the rolls with the pics inside are gorgeous but out of my ability. The birdfeeder is a great idea. And who doesn’t need more pen and pencil storage?

  5. I am going to try the marble slide, my grandson will love it, and the scroll iron wall hangings, love those, and the bird feeder. Who knows maybe ill come up with my own must-do-project with toilet rolls!

  6. Very clever subject matter. Being the pragmatist that I am, I love the idea of using the tubes as cord organizers. I myself use paper towel tubes to store the few remaining places that I get plastic bags from (which are also recycled). The bird feeders were great too!

  7. Reblogged this on My Daily Creative and commented: Now that’s creative! Love it!

  8. I desperately want to try the “marble run”, but where and how I would get away with “stashing” the rolls…..and I could put it up in a prominent wall in the foyer. Wow I’d be in trouble. But definitely, the marble run.

  9. Reblogged this on Jill of all trades and commented: Wow! this is awesome. I got to try this. Thanks for having this in your blog.

  10. Wow, great post! I really luv your blog as you’re always inspiring creativity in me 🙂 Thanks so much! (i’ve been really stumped for creative projects as late, especially with my painting, so this is awesome!)

  11. Yes! I saw many of those, but I didn’t include them because like you say they are off season, but I will definitely be bringing loads of Christmas related posts out much closer to the date.

  12. Ah! I’ve been collecting loo rolls for weeks as saw somewhere they made good little seed pots (but won’t they go soggy when you water them?) but this is a much better list of uses! I love the gnomes, or maybe the marble shoot. But my inner princess (she is still there) loves the castle. But I guess the adult will win and I will end up making the cable holder. Hummph.

  13. I am setting up wire organizer and bird feeder as we speak. I love all your shares and this best sits on the top for sure among all !!
    Looking forward to more 🙂 Brilliant work.
    Regards,

  14. who knew there was so much else to do with empty toilet rolls? I just drop beans in them and seal both ends with paper and elastic bands to make a shaker for my kids 🙂

  15. Another great blog! Now I have to start saving the empty rolls . . . or maybe I will just empty them and lay the paper in a basket so I can get creating. Have you ever seen toilet paper wall art? Now, there is something for you to work on!

  16. Even though it is not the season, they are great for making Christmas crackers, as a single or a double. Also an octopus, flowers or lantern. Imagine the lengths you can go to make something interesting from something we usually throw away.

  17. I’ve actually done the castle thing as a kid with my mom during summer vacation. We used toilet paper rolls too and made a whole little town but I need to make that art supply caddy!! Absolutely amazing!

  18. OMG! That’s amazing stuff! My personal faves are the toilet sculpture and the papercut artwork. Unfortunately, I’m not skilled enough to copy this extraordinary toilet roll art… I have to cry now… Darn, I’ve used up all hankies but hey, let’s dry the tears with some toilet paper (see, I’m already inspired)!

  19. The bird feeder is pretty darn useful and fun. The art ones are good too, especially the one with the cutouts inside. People amaze me. Great fun Russell as usual. 🙂

  20. Fair play that is one of the nicest comments I have ever had so thank you, and have fun with the making part. (can’t wait to see a “how to” blog post about them”

  21. You can not begin to image how excited my daughter and I got over the wire storage loo roll thingy. Slight OCD/Nerdiness tendencies in this house and that was inspiring. Yet again Sir you are a genius!

  22. Great tips…I read in an email once (not sure where the idea came from) that you can cut empty rolls of toilet paper lengthwise and use them to keep your gift wrapping paper together. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds like a good idea.

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