Cardboard tubes, we all use them, but they’re also perfect for re-using for kid’s crafts! Toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, yard cones, and other cardboard tubes can make just about anything the imagination will allow! Over the past 2 years we’ve made several toilet paper roll crafts and I thought it was time to collect them all in one place to share with you today. You can click on the photo to take you to the blog post with more information about that particular craft.
This paper towel roll canoe was Tristan’s own invention!
Our paper towel roll airplane was one of our first cardboard tube crafts and helped prepare the children for the flights we’d take to visit my family.
If you can’t make it to a beach or a campground, you can still have fun making your own indoor campfire. Don’t worry, the smoke is just a photo-effect!
Handprint flowers with a toilet paper roll vase make a pretty centrepiece as well as a lovely gift for Mom or Grandma.
These little Canadian Mounties are perfect for Canada Day or cultural studies.
Musical Rainsticks are a fun way to learn about another culture and you can make music with them as well.
These Japanese Hina Dolls are just like the ones kids make at school in Japan. My kids had a lot of fun making these, and I made a slightly different version.
Toilet paper rolls or kitchen rolls have so many uses, and we used one to create a shamrock wall hanging for St. Patrick’s Day.
Then to re-purpose even further we then used the shamrock wall hangings to make a fun pom pom toss game to practice hand-eye coordination.
We originally made this torch for the Summer Olympics, but it also works well for the Commonwealth Games, and pretending to go camping or learning about different sources of light.
The children enjoyed making these cardboard cone vases. The cones are from knitting yarn.
These fun and easy Christmas Trees are also made from yarn cones. They could be decorated up in a variety of ways depending on the age of your child and the embellishments you have on hand.
As you can see, a little cardboard and paint go a long way with a splash of imagination! Do you like to recycle your cardboard tubes? What’s the best craft you’ve made from them? Explore our cardboard crafts page for more great ideas!