Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Toilet Rolls Get Grown Up - Not just for kids crafts any more!

I shared some great crafts you can make with your kids the other day using empty toilet rolls but I was amazed with some of the other uses people had come up with for toilet rolls.  They are such a great resource because every household has them and they keep multiplying.

Pencil Holders:

These won't hold a lot of pencils but would be perfect beside the phone or computer.  Hard to believe that these beautiful holders started out as an empty toilet roll.

Recycling Toilet Rolls - Pencil Holder
Image & Instructions: Craft Passion

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet Roll 
  • Thick Cardboard
  • Yarns
  • Felts
  • Masking Tape
  • Craft Glue / PVA Glue / White Glue


For full instructions visit Craft Passion.  They have wonderful step by step photos of this craft.

Pillow Boxes:

It is hard to believe that these beautiful brown paper packages tied up with string are made from old toilet rolls.  

Recycling Toilet Rolls - pillow boxes {brown paper packages tied up with string}
Image & Instructions: Blue, Purple & Scarlett

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet Roll
  • Sharp edged tool
  • Craft Paint - white
  • Paint Brush
  • Stamp - postal stamp shown
  • Ribbon or string


Blue, Purple & Scarlett has a wonderful step by step photo gallery for this simple craft.

Bouquet Base:

What a fancy and simple way to spruce up a flower bouquet.  By covering a toilet roll with beautiful ribbon you can create a gorgeous wrap for your flowers that will trick anyone into believing you spent a fortune while using a recycled item everyone has at home.

Recycling Toilet Rolls - Bouquet wraps
Image & Idea: The Happier Homemaker

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet roll
  • Ribbon
  • Silk or fresh flowers
  • Hot Glue
  • Embellishments


The Happier Homemaker outlines her step by step method for making this beautiful arrangement.

Seed Starters:

Want to get a jump start on your summer gardening?  Why not start some seeds indoors.  Toilet rolls make the perfect holders as they will decompose when you replant them outdoors.

Recycling Toilet Rolls - Seedling Starters
Image & Idea: GrdnBklyn

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Planting soil
  • Seeds


The image above shows you just how you need to cut and fold the bottom of your toilet roll to make the perfect home for seedlings.

We usually think of the crafting with the kids when we hang onto those empty toilet rolls but I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for some adult crafts that will astound anyone when you tell them you made them from old toilet rolls.

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