How to Repurpose Used Toilet Paper Rolls

How to Repurpose Used Toilet Paper Rolls

How to Repurpose Used Toilet Paper Rolls

Reusing old toilet paper rolls is a great way to reduce waste and get creative. Here are some ideas for repurposing toilet paper rolls in fun and practical ways.

Gather Materials

Before you can start repurposing toilet paper rolls, you need to collect them. I like to have a small bin or basket in my bathroom that I toss empty rolls into after I finish a roll. Some other supplies that are handy:

  • Scissors – for cutting rolls
  • Glue – white glue, hot glue, or craft glue
  • Paint – acrylic craft paint, spray paint, etc.
  • Embellishments – ribbon, lace, stickers, glitter, etc.

Once you’ve gathered a decent amount of rolls, give them a quick rinse to remove any residue. Allow them to fully dry before repurposing.


Toilet paper rolls can be transformed into cute crafts and decorative items. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity:


  • Cut rolls into rings. Stack and glue the rings together to form flower shapes.
  • Paint them in bright colors. Add a pipe cleaner stem.
  • Glue on ribbon, lace, or sequins to decorate.


  • Glue 2 rolls together, paint them grey, and add googly eyes to make an elephant.
  • Cut slits in the sides of a roll to make legs. Paint it brown to make a caterpillar.
  • Make tiny bins by gluing a roll closed on one end. Paint it pink for a piggy bank.


  • Loop ribbon or string through a roll and tie for a rustic ornament.
  • Cut star or snowflake shapes from a roll and paint them. Add glitter and hang with ribbon.
  • String painted rolls together to make garland.


Toilet paper rolls have built-in storage potential. Repurpose them into holders and organizers:

Desktop Organizers

  • Hot glue rows of rolls together to corral office supplies like pens, paper clips, and rubber bands.
  • Stand rolls upright and drop earbuds, charging cables, makeup brushes inside.

Bathroom Storage

  • Stash cotton balls and Q-tips inside upright rolls.
  • Hot glue rolls to the inside of a cabinet to hold spray bottles upright.
  • Hang rolls on the wall with ribbon to store hair ties and scrunchies.

Kitchen Storage

  • Use upright rolls to organize spices on the counter or inside a cabinet.
  • Stack them to store snacks like granola bars or fruit leathers.
  • Glue together and paint them to make custom utensil holders.

For Kids

Toilet paper rolls offer endless play potential. Here are kid-friendly ways to put them to use:

Arts and Crafts

  • Have kids paint and decorate the rolls to make pretend binoculars, telescopes, or kazoos.
  • Help them make stick puppets by adding googly eyes, pom poms, and pipe cleaner arms.

Building and Construction

  • Let kids build forts, tunnels, or imaginary cities using rolls and tape.
  • Show them how to make pizza slice stamps by cutting rolls at an angle.


  • Set up toilet paper roll bowling pins and roll a ball to knock them down.
  • Make a ring toss game by standing rolls upright and tossing rings to land on them.

With a little creativity, the possibilities are endless for repurposing toilet paper rolls! Collecting and reusing them is an easy way for anyone to reduce waste.