If there is one thing we always have another of, it is toilet paper rolls! Here are some ideas for reusing your toilet paper rolls as free crafting material to make upcycled crafts that your kids can use as toys. Not only is making your own games and toys a green choice, it is also great for kids to use their imagination both in the making of and playing with these homemade toys. Enjoy these five easy toilet paper roll crafts kids will love to make and play with.
6 Easy Toilet Paper Roll Crafts For Kids
Toilet paper roll crafts are a popular and creative way to repurpose empty toilet paper rolls into various DIY projects. These crafts are not only environmentally friendly by promoting recycling but also offer an affordable and fun way to create decorative items. Here are some ideas for toilet paper roll crafts.
1. Toilet Paper Roll People Finger Puppets
We have been using our fingers as puppets since my kids are little. Somewhere along the way my daughter got the idea to use a toilet paper roll to draw out what our puppets look like. Then we act out imaginary scenes with our finger puppet people. This can be done simply with a marker or you can go to town with construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers to a make a more 3 dimensional effect for your puppet. Little extras like real buttons and cotton hair can help your puppets look even more real. You and your kids can make anyone from family members to pirates or movie characters!
2. Toilet Paper Roll Animals
Toilet paper rolls make great bodies for animals. You can turn your tube horizontally and glue on some legs and a head cut from another toilet paper tube or from construction paper. Or you can leave your tube upright to design animals like birds. You can let your kids create their own zoo with and even use the toilet paper rolls to make the trees and fences for your toilet paper animal zoo! There really are endless paper tube animals that you can make.
3. Toilet Paper Roll Lanterns
Paper lanterns made from toilet paper rolls are fun for kids to make and useful as decorations for their room and props in their games. This is another of our favorite easy toilet paper crafts for kids. They can just cut some slits in the side on the tubes and then push the ends up towards each other to get the paper lantern effect.
4. Toilet Paper Roll Airplanes and Cars
Kids always love airplanes and cars and they will love getting to make their own! The airplanes are easy to fashion with the tube as the body and construction paper for the wings, tail, and nose. Use a marker to draw on the windows. Cars can be made by laying the tube horizontally and cutting out a spot for the seat and steering wheel. Wheels can be made out of leftover cereal boxes and affixed with brass paper fasteners so that the cars can really move. Kids can paint the details on the cars or color with markers. This is one of my son’s favorite toilet paper roll crafts for kids.
5. Toilet Paper Roll Toadstool Fairy-Houses
Stand the toilet paper tube upright and allow you kids to color it. Then cut a hole for windows and door or draw them on. Make the toadstool lid out of construction paper shaping flat cones to glue onto the toilet paper “stems”. You can draw fairies, use stickers, or make fairies from clothespins. This easy toilet paper roll craft is perfect for role play games.
6. Paper Tube Flowers
Some of my favorite parts of spring are the sun and the flowers! Here is a fun toilet paper roll flowers craft for kids that is sure to make it feel like spring inside your house. My daughter used these spring flowers to decorate her dresser. This little spring decor craft project is simple to do and it is a great reuse craft and way to discuss reducing waste with your kids.
- toilet paper tubes
- paint (green for the petals)
- paint brushes
- construction paper (or other scrap paper)
- white school glue or glue stick
Paper Tube Flowers Directions:
To make the flowers-
First, take your toilet paper tubes and have your child cut into it about an inch deep every half inch. These tabs will be your flower petals.
Next, trim the end of each petal to give them a smoother more rounded look.
Then fold the petals down and you will see your flower starting to take shape.
Now just paint the “stalk” green and paint the petals your choice of color. While the paint dries you can get your leaves ready.
To make the leaves-
Cut some green construction paper (or other scrap paper) into strips, 1 inch by 3 inches. I used a green placemat leftover from my daughter’s birthday party but you could also use any scrap paper and paint it green.
Take the rectangles and fold about a 1/4 inch along the bottom and then cut away a portion on each side. This will create a tiny tab on each leaf to use to glue the leaf to the stalk.
Now cut the rectangle strips into more of a leaf shape steming from the tab you created.
Lay the flower tubes on the side and glue the leaves to the flower tubes. Let dry.
Now your paper tube spring flowers are done and your kids can use them to welcome spring and decorate their rooms.
Each one of these easy toilet paper roll crafts could keep your kid having fun for an afternoon just creating their new toys. In addition, they will have loads more fun playing with their homemade toy creations!
One more bonus idea: toy binoculars.Use two toilet paper rolls. Decorate and attach them side by side to create toy binoculars for kids.
Remember to let your creativity flow, and you can come up with various other toilet paper roll craft ideas. It’s a great way to engage in sustainable and imaginative crafting. I’d love to hear about things that you have made from toilet paper rolls. Share your child’s toilet paper roll crafts @familyfocublog and/or #familyfoucsblog. I can’t wait to see what they made!