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Clever Crafts Using Toilet Paper Rolls

Updated on May 09, 2016

Empty toilet paper rolls usually land in the trash can but you may think twice before tossing them after you see all of these clever home décor pieces and paper crafts. Each and every one of these projects were made using empty toilet paper rolls. You can also use gift wrapping tubes if the tubes aren't too thick.

You may have to look twice at some of these. A few of these look like those gorgeous, and not to mention expensive, wrought iron wall pieces that hang on the wall.

Here is a list of awesome toilet paper roll crafts along with links to the tutorials. Some of the sites are not in English but Google Translate will kick in when you click on the links. Enjoy!

Faux Metal Wall Art

First off is this beautiful faux metal wall art tutorial I found at Suzy's Artsy Crafty Sitcom! I still can't believe I am looking at empty toilet paper rolls. These look hard to make but the tutorial is wonderful and explains everything in detail and has photos too.

Faux Metal Wall Art  from Toilet Paper Rolls
Faux Metal Wall Art from Toilet Paper Rolls | Source

Wreaths

Look at this wreath I found at Noisy Pitta which was inspired by another beautiful toilet paper roll wreath (pictured below) plus the tutorial at Creative Jewish Mom.

Both of these wreathes are lovely. I love the design, it looks like several flowers are connected together. If you would like to make one of these, visit the Creative Jewish Mom link above to see her tutorial.

toilet paper roll wreath
toilet paper roll wreath | Source
toilet paper roll wreath
toilet paper roll wreath | Source

Cute Little Owls

I found these at Living Locurto which originally came from Decoideas, a Spanish site. I am in LOVE with these toilet paper roll owls. The link should activate Google Translate so you should have no problem reading.

I can't believe how CUTE these owls are!!! The lovely mom at Decoideas is very talented. There isn't a tutorial but she says she used markers.. I love the details she made on the owls using the black marker. What an amazing artist! I think this may be my most favorite one out of the bunch.

Toilet Paper Owls
Toilet Paper Owls | Source

Wall Art

Here is a sort of free form piece of wall art made using empty toilet paper rolls. It looks very nice mounted over the book case.

This craft is an eco kids craft. It is to help encourage parents and teachers to make crafts out of recycled materials. I love it!

wall art from toilet paper rolls
wall art from toilet paper rolls | Source

Party Favors

Look at these super cute party favors made from empty toilet paper rolls I found at Crissy's Crafts! She actually has a few different sets of them and they are all just as cute as the one pictured.

One set is specifically for teachers. The tutorial is great with lots of photos plus whichever ones you decide to make, she has free printable labels to match it! These are some of the cutest party favors I've ever seen :)

toilet paper roll party favors
toilet paper roll party favors | Source

Wall Decor

This one I found at a Hungarian site called Crescent and Lavender. This wall art looks amazing to me! I love the dark color of it and the scrolling flower shapes. Be sure to visit the link for the nice photo illustrated tutorial.

wall decor from toilet paper rolls
wall decor from toilet paper rolls | Source

Rose Wreath

I'm all about faux flowers, especially ones made from paper. I am so happy to have run across this one made from empty toilet paper rolls. I think it looks amazing! I love how the flowers have that spiraled look to them. The finished wreath is painted white but I think I may like it better unpainted. To me, it has a sort of rustic look to it.

See how this was made at Proverbs 31 Life.

Toilet Paper Roll Wreath
Toilet Paper Roll Wreath | Source
toilet paper roll monsters
toilet paper roll monsters | Source

Cute Little Monsters

This is an excellent kids craft.. look at these cute little toilet paper roll monsters! Like the owls featured above, I LOVE the details on these... What an amazing artist!

Go to alisaburke to see how she made these. There's lots of great photos, too!

Faux Iron Wreath

This is a stunning wreath made from toilet paper rolls that I found at Ivaalex. I wonder if the empty toilet paper rolls are a bit thicker there than they are here. The thicker look and dark color really makes this look like a heavy iron piece. I LOVE IT!!!

toilet paper roll wreath
toilet paper roll wreath | Source

Canvas Wall Art

How about this pretty white canvas wall art I found at Just a Girl. It was made by gluing the toilet paper roll pieces on the canvas. This is one you could really get creative with. You could do your own design and color it whichever color you want. This one looks so pretty above the headboard.

toilet paper roll art
toilet paper roll art | Source

Party Crackers

Leap Into Art has a tutorial for these cute party crackers/ party favors. They are basically little tubes of candies, small gifts or whatever you want to put in them, all wrapped up and embellished in pretty paper which is tied at both ends.

What's a real cracker?

I've been seeing these DIY "crackers" around a lot lately so I looked up exactly what a party cracker is and apparently, they are very popular in England through Christmas time. They are tubes that have candies or goodies in them which are wrapped in colored paper and when two people pulled on them something inside would crack or make a bang inside.

toilet paper roll party crackers
toilet paper roll party crackers | Source

Faux Metal Filigree Frame

Another one from Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom! Look at this gorgeous faux metal filigree frame. I bet it really makes a statement in the room.

I am very impressed by the intricate shapes the toilet paper rolls were made into. I'm impressed at how sturdy it is to be able to hold the weight of the frames. Be sure to visit the link for the tutorial.

faux metal filigree frame
faux metal filigree frame | Source

Cute Butterflies

How cute is this for a little girls craft! I couldn't resist sharing this one I found at Bo Bunny. It's a simple tutorial complete with printable template for the wings.

toilet paper roll butterflies
toilet paper roll butterflies | Source

Door Frame Embellishment

I like the look of this and how the toilet paper rolls are glued together in such a way to embellish the door frame. The dark color really pops against the wall color. This makes me want to try to come up with a design to embellish the top of the door frame.

To see how she did it, go to Love People. Like Things.

toilet paper rolls door frame decor
toilet paper rolls door frame decor | Source

Gift Card Holder

The Frugal Mom shared a tutorial on how to make this cute gift card holder. What a cute way to present a gift card! Go and see how she did it!

P.S. Be sure to check out the rest of her site- great stuff there!

toilet paper roll gift card holder
toilet paper roll gift card holder | Source
toilet paper roll picture frame
toilet paper roll picture frame | Source

Picture Frame

CraftCraver has a great tutorial on how to make this picture frame made from empty toilet paper rolls. Be sure to click on the toilet paper roll craft slide show link to see great photo illustrations of each of the steps. I love the way it looks with the gold spray paint.

Canvas Wall Art Set

This set of canvas wall art is really amazing. The sky is the limit as far as all the different designs and colors that you can use. I love how she used real branches. See how it was made at Revolutionaries.

P.S. You can buy sets of canvas at Michael's or Hobby Lobby fairly inexpensive especially if you use the weekly 50% off coupon.

toilet paper roll wall art
toilet paper roll wall art | Source

Tag Card and Envelope Set

How about making a tag card and envelop set from empty toilet paper rolls! I found a great tutorial at girltalk. This is another easy project that shouldn't take too long to make.

Tag Card and Envelope Set
Tag Card and Envelope Set | Source

Vent/Grate Cover

Lady with the Red Rocker has a great photo illustrated tutorial for this DIY Vent/Grate Cover. Isn't this nice? It looks like real iron that has been painted white and kind of weathered. It has that sort of shabby chic look to it. I think it's amazing.

toilet paper roll vent cover
toilet paper roll vent cover | Source

Napkin Rings

Here are some napkin holders I found made from empty toilet paper rolls at Boy, Oh, Boy, Oh Boy! I love faux flowers and gingham patterns so to me these look fabulous. Click on the link to see how she made them.

I also found another set of toilet paper roll napkin holders with the tutorial at Rustic Crafts and Chic Décor. I couldn't help but share it as I love the rustic look too.

toilet paper roll napkin rings
toilet paper roll napkin rings | Source
toilet paper roll napkins rings
toilet paper roll napkins rings | Source

Mini Scrapbook

Here is a small scrapbook made of toilet paper rolls made by Pearl via Write Online Article. I have seen these little books before around the internet and they are so cute though I don't know if those were made from toilet paper rolls. This is a very simple and easy paper craft.

toilet paper roll scrapbook
toilet paper roll scrapbook | Source

Faux Firecracker Décor

How about some of these cute glitzy sequin or rhinestone firecrackers to decorate your home for the 4th of July?! They are very easy to make and the kids would have fun helping glue all the sequins or rhinestones on. The tutorial is for sequin firecrackers but the jeweled firecrackers are made the same way. Just use rhinestones instead of the sequins.

Here's the tutorial...have fun!

I hope you have enjoyed this toilet paper roll craft round-up! Start saving those empty toilet paper rolls!!

 jeweled firecrackers
jeweled firecrackers | Source
sequin firecrackers
sequin firecrackers | Source

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    • Tricia Deed 2 months ago

      Who would have ever thought that toilet paper rolls could be used to create so many beautiful items. I am impressed. Great ideas.

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      Jamie Brock 9 months ago from Texas

      skperdon- Thank you so much. I appreciate you stopping by!

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      Jamie Brock 9 months ago from Texas

      Green Art- Thank you for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 9 months ago from Texas

      nialee- Thank you for your comment! I just love those little TP roll owls!

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      Jamie Brock 9 months ago from Texas

      Blond Logic- Thank you for your kind comment and for the vote up and share! It really is amazing what people can do with a cardboard toilet paper roll!

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      skperdon 13 months ago from Canada

      Awesome! I've seen some of these before and now with your hub I'm seeing a few more. Great hub Jamie Brock!

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      Green Art 13 months ago

      I had no idea that toilet paper rolls could be used in such a wide variety of ways! Looks like tons of fun!

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      Jamie Brock 14 months ago from Texas

      Skperdon-You are so welcome!

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      Jamie Brock 14 months ago from Texas

      Thank you Kristen!!

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      Jamie Brock 14 months ago from Texas

      Thank you DavidCombs!

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      Jamie Brock 14 months ago from Texas

      sparkleyfinger-Thank you! Yep, it's amazing what can be done with toilet roll tubes!

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      Jamie Brock 14 months ago from Texas

      Thank you Diane!

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      Jamie Brock 14 months ago from Texas

      charlynjune- You are so welcome! Thanks for dropping by!

    • nialee 18 months ago

      thank you so much for sharing. he's a great ideas that inspire me who keeps a full cabinet of cardboard boxes and sheets for craft. I love to recycle, reuse, am an artist and always look for ideas to make one garbage piece into a art piece... the faux metal and picture frame are my favorite though the owls are really a good idea and deco for kids.

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      Mary Wickison 18 months ago from Brazil

      These are fantastic! I still can't believe they can look so much like metal. I love seeing how creative people are out there and that they share their ideas with us.

      Great idea for a hub.

      Plus I love the fact that you sent traffic to their sites.

      Voted up and shared.

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      skperdon 19 months ago from Canada

      I have repurposed used toilet paper rolls to make fire starter for outdoor fires, I thought it was very clever.

      I got the idea online, but yours is much more clever. Thank you for sharing it Jamie Brock.

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      Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Jamie, I love this idea. Instead of recycling those toilet paper rolls, you can turn them into creative crafts. Voted up for awesome!

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      DavidCombs 20 months ago

      great ideas, and some look really easy to do.

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      Lynsey Harte 21 months ago from Glasgow

      Such great ideas here! It's amazing to think that, even as adults, toilet roll tubes can come in handy with crafting!

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      Diana Abrahamson 21 months ago from t Francis Bay

      Amazing ideas with empty toilet roll holders..love the wall décor!

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      Charlyn June 21 months ago from Philippines

      Great ideas up there.. I wonder what inspired those who introduced this types of crafts.. I just once made a ballpen holder for my table top out of this material and it caught my officemates' attentions.. I then decided to check on other uses and these ones are just awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      Linda BookLady- You are so welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      belleart- Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      shelpeare- That is so funny! What a title! That is awesome :) Thank you so much for dropping by!!

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      Linda Jo Martin 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      There are a lot of talented people in the world. I've been wondering what to do with my TP rolls and never did I consider making something so lovely and ornamental as some of these examples. Thanks for opening my eyes.

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      belleart 2 years ago from Ireland

      wow this is such a good idea!! love these so much, especially the wall art. Voted up and good for the environment

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      shelpeare 2 years ago

      This looks great! Very innovative! This could be titled "How to be on a roll with toilet paper."

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      marion langley- Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

      I am amazed and inspired! Thanks for writing!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      MJennifer- Thank you :) So glad you found this hub useful! Hope you have wonderful party for your mom :) I know what you mean about the spray paint... I love it too!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Toytasting- You are so welcome! Hope you and your daughter had fun doing the cute little monsters!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      What great ideas -- and perfect timing! I'll be hosting an 85th birthday party for my mom next month, and this has given me just the concept I needed to make favors for the place settings customized for her big day. Not only that, but anything that involves a can of spray paint makes me happy! Good job,

      MJ

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      Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

      Jamie, this is a great compilation of art work using toilet paper rolls. I especially like the cute Little Monsters. I am going to try these with my daughter over the weekend. Thank you for sharing this!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      DonnaC Smith- Oh, I love the little monsters too! Hope your great grandson has a fun time making them!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Nourhan- You are so welcome! Thank you for dropping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      QueenBex- Oh yes.. there are some really nice ones out there! It's amazing what people come out with. Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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      Donna Campbell Smith 3 years ago from Central North Carolina

      I love the little monsters. My greatgrandson loves "making art". I will show him that picture so he can make some monsters.

    • Nourhan 3 years ago

      Who thought that things like toilet rolls can be used this way.

      so amazing ideas from you, thanks.

      gonna try making one of them asap.

    • QueenBex 3 years ago

      I've made crackers before but it's great to see so many other ideas! I'm amazed at how intricate and expensive looking they can be! :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Kevin Peter- Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen

      Very creative hub. I loved the kids craft the most. Those pictures are also very attractive. Nice hub!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      FlourishAnyway- Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Awesome ideas. I especially liked the kid crafts.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      toknowinfo- Thanks! So glad you enjoyed this :)

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      toknowinfo 3 years ago

      I absolutely love these ideas. When my kids were little we would make toilet roll people. I like the idea of these great ideas for being able to use the rolls again. Excellent hub.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Argonaut Jess- Thank you so much... glad you found this useful :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Mitch- I hear ya....but don't give up! You never know what crazy things the future may hold :)

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      Jessica Salmon 3 years ago from Newcastle Upon Tyne

      Useful indeed!!

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      Mitch Alan 3 years ago from South Jersey

      Jamie, I think I'd move to Texas in a minute if not for my kiddos being here...

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Mitch Alan- Oh, she will love some toilet paper critters for sure! I saw you had a cowboy hat on and then noticed you lived in Jersey..my first thought was that you were from Texas! I see a lot of those hats around here for sure :) I'm so glad you found this useful.. Have fun doing the make-over and thanks for dropping by!

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