10 Cardboard Tube Crafts
We all have cardboard tubes hanging around (you know the cardboard tube you’re left with after the toilet paper is gone), so why not turn them into something fun before recycling them?! Here are 10 craft ideas featuring a cardboard tube.
Create an animal using paint, crayons, construction paper markers and/or googly eyes (basically, whatever you have on hand).
Bracelets or superhero cuffs are awesome for costume play. Simply cut a toilet paper roll in half and decorate! Cut all the way through vertically to make a cuff.
Place a small square of wax paper over one end and secure with a rubber band. Poke with a pin to make a small hole in the middle of the wax paper. Hum into the open end for a fun noise!
4) Gift Box
Decorate cardboard tube, place the gift inside, and then fold the ends in. Complete with string or a bow.
Use the end of a toilet paper roll as a stamp for ink or paint. Bending into different shapes as desired.
Cut little rectangles out of one end of the toilet paper roll and a door out of the other end. Draw bricks or stones on the outside.
Cut 2 slits in the top insert a tree shape onto the top and decorate.
8) Shakers & Noisemakers
Cut a toilet paper roll in half, staple one side together, and fill with dried beans or rice. Then staple the other end together the opposite direction.
Cut a toilet paper roll in half lengthwise and fold as shown.
Cut slits starting with the folded end up to the top folds without cutting all the way through.
Decorate and re-assemble finishing off with glue or staples. Add a wire handle.
Decorate and attach 2 toilet paper rolls together. Add a string and your imagination.
Allison Waken is a kids’ activity and craft guru always ready to try something new. See more on her blog, All for the Boys, where she features activities and crafts that inspire creativity, play and interaction.