Most people have an empty toilet paper tube or two hanging around. Do you toss them in the trash? Let the kids use them as horns? What? The following projects move beyond the normal preschool craft idea. These ideas are hip, cool, and downright chic. So start saving those cardboard cylinders that are left after the last bit of tissue has been used.
Family Fun Magazine has some terrific ideas. It’s definitely a fun-filled magazine. This Christmas ornament project uses toilet paper tubes, pipe cleaners, and some paint. Flatten the tubes, measure, cut, and assemble. That’s it! Talk about some inexpensive yet totally cool ornaments.
Maya Luna from maya*made created an oh-so-cute Advent calendar using 24 toilet paper tubes. She is so ingenious! Her step-by-step instructions also include great pictures so it’s easy to follow. Her blog is always at the top of my favorites.
So this one isn’t like some great piece of art or anything. But it’s one of those, “why didn’t I think of that?’ kind of things. Tara over at Faith Acre Farm has thought of something so clever. She took some toilet paper tubes, cut them in half, then cut slits in the bottom. Then she folded up the bottoms like a box and now she has mini seed-starting pots. Just too cute!
Here is a cute idea for Christmas-themed napkin rings from Gretchen over at Junk Mail Gems. All you need are some empty toilet paper tubes, some Christmas lights that no longer work for one reason or another, and a pair of scissors. And away you go,,,It’s that easy!
The folks at Making Friends have all sorts of instructions for turning toilet paper tubes in to characters. There is an octopus, a snake, and a whole set of puppets to make with little more than markers, paper, and glue.
After you have made all the crafts and you still seem to accumulate cardboard tubes,don’t just toss them into the trash; stuffed with junk mail and newspaper, they make great firestarters. You can cut or tear them and toss them into the compost bin. If you don’t compost, they can be recycled along with cardboard, either in a curbside recycling container or by dropping off at one of the following recycling centers in northern California.
3426 Peralta St
Emeryville, CA 94608
Arcata Community Recycling Center
1380 9th Street
Arcata, CA 95521
El Cerrito Recycling Center – Goodwill Donation Center
7501 Schmidt Ln
El Cerrito, CA 94530
G and R Metals Inc.
132 W 4th St
Eureka, CA 95501