“Turning Old Toilet Paper Rolls Into Quirky Keychains”

“Turning Old Toilet Paper Rolls Into Quirky Keychains”


Reusing and repurposing household items into fun crafts is an enjoyable hobby for many. One item that often gets thrown away without a second thought is the cardboard tube left over after a roll of toilet paper has been used up. However, these toilet paper rolls can easily be turned into cute and quirky keychains to accessorize your keys with some DIY flair.

In this article, I’ll provide an in-depth guide on transforming old toilet paper rolls into unique keychains. We’ll cover gathering materials, prepping the rolls, decorating techniques, and finishing touches to create custom keychains you’ll be proud to show off. With just a bit of creativity, you can give new life to toilet paper rolls that would otherwise be tossed in the recycling bin. Let’s get started on making some cool keychains!

Gathering Materials

  • Toilet paper rolls – Make sure to collect empty rolls instead of throwing them away. Opt for cardboard over paper rolls as they’re more durable.

  • Scissors – Sharp scissors will make cutting smoother. Both regular and decorative-edged scissors could work.

  • Glue – White glue, hot glue, or craft glue all adhere well. Choose glue based on decorations.

  • Keychain findings – Jump rings, chain, lobster clasps, etc. to attach the roll to keys.

  • Embellishments – Ribbon, washi tape, paint, paper, beads, sequins, etc. Get creative!

  • Hole punch – To punch a hole for attaching the keychain finding. A single hole punch or craft punch works.

Preparing the Toilet Paper Rolls

Before decorating the toilet paper rolls, you’ll need to prep them by following these steps:

  • Unroll – Remove any remaining toilet paper or cardboard from the tube.

  • Cut to size – Using scissors, cut the roll to the desired length. Standard keychains are about 2″ to 3″ long.

  • Smooth edges – Lightly sand or file down any rough edges left from cutting.

  • Clean roll – Wipe tube with a damp cloth to remove residue or dust.

  • Punch hole – Use a hole punch to punch a hole near the edge of the roll. This is where you’ll attach the keychain finding.

Now the toilet paper roll is ready to be decorated into a keychain!

Decorating Techniques

Here are some ideas for decorating and personalizing your toilet paper roll keychains:


  • Acrylic, tempera, or spray paint in any color can be used.

  • Toothpick dots – Dip a toothpick in paint and dot on design after base coating.

  • Stripes – Paint stripes for a barber shop style.

  • Patterns – Checkerboard, polka dots, triangles. Use painter’s tape for clean lines.


  • Paper scraps – Wrap strips of colorful paper around the roll and glue.

  • Magazine clippings – Cut out pictures or words to mod podge on.

  • Duct tape – Stick strips of patterned duct tape.


  • Glitter – Brush on glitter glue for sparkle.

  • Rhinestones – Stud roll with dazzling rhinestones using hot glue.

  • Washi tape – Adhere strips of washi tape in fun patterns.

  • Pom poms – Use mini craft pom poms to glue on for a furry texture.

Finishing Touches

To complete your toilet paper roll keychains:

  • Let decorations dry fully before continuing.

  • Attach findings – Loop a jump ring through the punched hole and connect to a keychain chain or lobster clasp.

  • Seal/finish – Optional clear glue over the design for sheen and to seal.

  • Add key – Thread your keys onto the lobster clasp or keychain and enjoy your new creation!

Some extra ideas:

  • Make a batch to gift or sell at a craft fair.

  • Design rolls to match different themes – nautical, boho, mermaid, etc.

  • Personalize with names or initials for custom keychains.

So don’t throw away empty toilet paper rolls! With a bit of craftiness, you can transform trash into treasure by turning toilet paper rolls into quirky new keychains. Get the whole family involved and let your imagination run wild.