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5 Ways to Recycle Toilet Paper Rolls

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art


I often times have several toilet paper rolls cluttering the wastebasket in my bathroom. Usually, they just end up getting thrown out with all the rest of my trash. However, there is actually more that you can do with them than simply throwing them away. You can actually turn something as dull and simple as a toilet paper roll and turn it into something cute and lovely to decorate your home with.

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art

Making wall art from toilet paper rolls... I know, it sounds silly, but it actually looks very appealing. I myself am currently working on this project. What I have done is saved up several rolls that I have accumulated over time. I have also salvaged a flat board that I will use for my backing. The only things that I will need to purchase for this project are glue and spray paint.

I plan on gathering enough rolls to make this piece, which I estimate to be around 18. Once I have gathered all of these, I plan to cut them into oval rings (just like what is done for the "Holiday Ornament" section of this article). Then, I plan to glue the rings together into a pattern of my choice. The picture at the opening of this article displays someones inspiration for toilet paper roll wall art. I still haven't decided what sort of design I will go with.

Once I have my pieces glued and set aside to dry, I will then spray paint the wood board that I salvaged from someone's farm. I will probably paint it an off white and paint my rolls a turquoise. After my board is painted and the glue has dried on my design. I will then spray paint the design. Once the paint for both pieces are dry, I plan on gluing the design to the board.

Cord Organizer

A toilet paper roll cord organizer is great for techy people, or for people who simply have a lot of electronics. The excess cord that just lays across the floor and in the way can be rolled up and tucked into these rolls; leaving the floor safer and your home more organized.

You do not have to do anything special to make these. But if you really want to, you can cover the rolls in scrapbook paper or fabric to give them a little more "spice".

This project also works great for people who just have extra cords for old electronics that they don't want to throw away, but just get thrown into a drawer somewhere. Just roll up the cords, tuck them into the roll, and place the roll on a shelf or in a drawer. This way, it is far more organized and easier to get to a specific cord if you are wanting it. You can also write on the roll what that cord goes to, making it a little easier for you to find what you are looking for.

DIY Toilet Roll Stencils

Toilet paper rolls can also be turned into stencils. This is actually one of the easiest things you can do with a toilet paper roll. If you want just plain circles to go across the piece you want stenciled, all you have to do is dip the end of the roll into paint and start stenciling.

The roll can also be folded to make more oval like stencils. It can be flattened, taped together, and made to look like a flower to work as a flower stencil. This works great for scrapbooking, craft projects for the kids, and even for stenciling the walls in your house.


Toilet Paper Roll Holiday Ornament

A great project to do with your children is make a holiday tree ornament out of a toilet paper roll. Not only will this project teach your children about recycling, but it will also give you time to spend together as a family for the holidays. The finished project will look like a star.

All you need for this project is:

  • 1 Toilet Paper Roll, pressed down flat and cut evenly into 7 round pieces.
  • Colored Marker, color of your choosing.
  • Thread and Needle. If you have younger children and don't feel comfortable with them using a needle, just using tape instead.

Once the roll has been cut into the pieces, let your kids color them whatever color they want. After the color has dried, get the needle and thread ready. Stack two strips together, pressing one end flat, then sew a loop through the tips. Add an extra strip to the two strips and sew a loop through it. Continue this until all the loops are sewn. Connect the final pieces together; it should now form something of a circular star. With the thread, make several knots at the center of the pieces and tighten them together. Your craft project should now resemble a star.

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Toilet Roll Hair Accessory Organizer

If you are like me and have hair clips lying everywhere, this project is great for keeping them organized better. For this, you can go all out and paint the roll, cover it in fabric, or any number of things. You can also leave the roll just as it is.

All you need to do to make this work is place your pony tails around the roll and clip any hair clips on one of the ends. This is so convenient to store your hair accessories in the medicine cabinet or just by the bathroom sink.


angie waldon on July 15, 2014:

Some of the created stuff are pretty good too make I would be gladly accept the idea of receiving more ideas on recycle stuff

Emilie S Peck from Minneapolis, MN on October 02, 2012:

What neat ideas! We usually just give ours to our pet rat to play with when we change his cage, but the next one will go for cord organization, now.

Daniella Lopez (author) on August 19, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Nighthag. :D

K.A.E Grove from Australia on August 19, 2012:

What wonderful ways to recycle such an everyday household item!

Thanks so much for sharing

Daniella Lopez (author) on August 18, 2012:

Thanks, Mama Kim!

Sasha Kim on August 18, 2012:

I've never seen TP rolls look so good! ^_^ great tips! voted up and useful.

Daniella Lopez (author) on August 16, 2012:

Glad you liked it. Thanks for reading. :)

stillwaters707 from Texas on August 16, 2012:

The cord organizing suggestion is a great idea.

Daniella Lopez (author) on August 16, 2012:

Thanks for the comments. The wall hanging idea is the original reason to why I decided to research other ways to recycle paper rolls. :)

Ecolicious on August 16, 2012:

i agree i like the wall hanging idea too

Corey from Northfield, MA on August 16, 2012:

cute....I love the wall hanging and it looks so easy tomake. Thanks for sharing this!

Daniella Lopez (author) on August 15, 2012:

Thanks for the comments! What I love about these projects is that they are so easy... Because I tend to be rather lazy. =P Happy Hubbing!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 15, 2012:

Hey, I think these are great ideas. I'm always trying to reduce, reuse, recycle. I am able to recycle these in my weekly trash pickup, so I don't have to use them in other ways, but I like all your ideas! Great job!

Patty Kenyon from Ledyard, Connecticut on August 15, 2012:

Voted UP, Useful, Awesome, Interesting, and Shared!! I usually recycle toilet paper rolls or use them for my kids' school projects, however, I love your ideas!!! Very Creative!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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