Top Ten Uses for Toilet Paper Tubes
When it comes to being responsible consumers with the things we throw out, the second “R” can definitely be the most fun: REUSE! In our family of five, we tend to go through some toilet paper (and quick shout-out to the awesome whogivesacrap.org, our source for responsibly-sourced TP for more than a year now!). There are a kajillion uses for empty toilet paper tubes – here are our top ten!
- Cut them into pieces and paint to make colorful napkin rings.
- Cover them in peanut (or sunflower) butter and bird seed, then hang outside as a bird feeder.
- Use them for wrapping paper storage – just stick the rest of the wrapping paper roll into the tube, and it will help keep the paper neat until next year.
- Stuff them with dryer lint and save the homemade “logs” for use as kindling for your summer campfire.
- Decorate two of them with paint or colorful fabric, glue/tape/rubber-band them together, and voila! Your little kid has some fun “binoculars.”
- With a little cutting and a little folding, they make perfect seed starters. Cut a tube in half, then cut four half-inch slits in one end of each smaller tube. Fold those flaps over each other to close up the ends of the tubes. Fill them with potting soil, plant a seed in each one, and water. When it’s time to move the seedlings outdoors, you can plant the whole thing.
- Make a heart-shaped stamp. First, flatten the tube, then invert one crease down into the tube to make a heart. Wrap some tape around the tube to hold the heart shape in place. Pour some paint onto a paper plate get stamping!
- Create stacking toys for toddlers. Decorate them with paint, fabric, and/or stickers, and then affix cardboard bottoms and tops to the ends to make them stackable.
- Make a dog toy. I’ve worked from home for years, and when my dog was a needy puppy (as opposed to the needy grown-up dog she is now), I’d sometimes keep her entertained by dabbing peanut butter on the middle inside surface of a toilet paper roll. She’d have fun tearing it up to get to the treat, and I’d have a good ten minutes of peace.
- Use them as organizers for hair bands and scrunchies. Just slide those babies over the tube (which you can decorate first to make things look prettier), and you have a place for them.