Monday, April 29, 2013

Toilet Roll Crafting for Kids

A few weeks back I shared a post about creating a recycled forest with your kids.  One of the main materials we used was old toilet rolls.  That got me thinking about the abundance and ever growing number of toilet rolls every family has and all the crafts you can make from them.

Race Cars:

These race cars are adorable and fit a Playmobil (or other) character perfectly.  Save a few toilet rolls and you can create an entire fleet.

Recycling Toilet Rolls - Race Cars
Image & Idea: Croissant & Lavender
Recycling Toilet Rolls - race cars
Image & Idea: Croissant & Lavender

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet Rolls
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Brads


The step by step photo instructions at Croissant and Lavender are very self-explanatory.  Don't worry that the instructions are in Hungarian, Google Chrome has a translate option that will help you out or just follow the photos.

Toilet Roll Castle:

What a great way to create a castle for the kids to play with.  Not only can they join in the fun of making the castle, they will spend countless hours playing with their toy characters, animals, and vehicles as they explore castle life.

Recycling Toilet Rolls - create a castle
Image & Idea: Filth Wizadry

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet Rolls
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Cardboard (old cereal boxes are perfect)
  • Glue gun


Creating a castle is fun because it is up to your imagination as to how you design it but Filth Wizadry has great sketches of how to create walls and cut the towers from your toilet rolls.

Superhero Cuffs:

Every great superhero needs to have their cuffs.  That's where their power comes from, doesn't it?

Recycling Toilet Rolls - Superhero cuffs
Image & Idea: Sewing in No Mans Land

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Scissors
  • Markers/Paint
  • Embellishments - i.e. glitter


Well, they couldn't get any easier and Kelly at Sewing in No Mans Land has dubbed these 'two second cuffs' which should give you an idea of how easy they are.  If you use markers instead of paint, you will be off to the races in minutes.

Spring Flowers:

It is hard to believe that you can make a basic toilet roll into something so pretty.  And, with the cold weather we've been having, wouldn't it be nice to help spring along by making some of these gorgeous flowers with the kids.

Recycling Toilet Rolls - Spring Flowers
Image & Idea: Krokotak

Materials Needed:

  • 4 empty toilet rolls
  • Markers/Paint
  • Skewer
  • Staples
  • Glue
  • Pompom
  • Small clay pot


Really, you've got all you need in the photo above and Krokotak doesn't provide much more in terms of instructions but they do have a lot of other great ideas so don't hesitate to drop by their site.

Toilet Roll Wreaths:

This tree is covered with beautiful wreaths in a rainbow of colours.  Can you believe they were all made using toilet rolls and paint?  Imagine making a whole bunch in different colours for the different seasons.  It would be the perfect decoration that you can easily change as the year goes on.

Recycling Toilet Rolls - colourful wreaths
Image & Idea: Michele Made Me

Materials Needed:
  • 2 toilet paper rolls
  • Paint - metallic gold and another bright colour
  • Gesso or white acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Clamps such as clothespins


This project is a little involved but definitely easy enough for an older child to do.  Michele has amazing step by step instructions here.  


It just wouldn't be right not to include an instrument.  I mean, what kid doesn't like making noise while dancing around the house?

Recycling Toilet Rolls - Kazoo
Image & Idea: That's What We Said

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet roll
  • Wax paper
  • Rubber Band
  • Markers


This project is as easy as 1-2-3 but visit That's What We Said for full instructions.

Still not noisy enough for you?  Why not add a little shaking action to the parade with my shakers and music makers.  

The tutorial for these shakers is found here.

So next time the toilet roll runs out in the bathroom, don't be so quick to toss them in the recycling bin.  Keep a few on hand at all times because as you can see, they are one of the best free materials you can have on hand.  Happy crafting!

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