There are so many creative uses for toilet paper rolls! These 7 ideas will ensure you never want to throw away toilet paper tubes again.
Most families find themselves going through several rolls of toilet paper a week, and that no doubt means dozens of toilet paper tubes ending up in the trash or recycling bin each month.
And while recycling toilet paper rolls is perfectly fine, you should know there are other practical ways to use them too. They can be used for everything from crafts to organization to gardening. They’re super versatile.
Look at these 7 reasons to never throw away toilet paper tubes, so you can be sure to give these tubes life long after the paper is gone!
7 Ways to Upcycle Toilet Paper Tubes
1. Keep electronics cords tangle free.
One of the easiest ways to keep cords tangle free is to wrap them into a loop and then slide the loop through a cardboard tube. This way, the tube keeps the cords from becoming unraveled and holds them all in one nice and secure place.
If you wish, you can even write the length of the cord on the toilet paper tube with a marker so you can easily see what you are working with.
2. Let kids use them for crafting.
There are literally thousands of crafts kids can do using cardboard tubes. They can be turned into spy glasses, stamps, noisemakers, little fairy houses, even small dolls.
Head to Pinterest where thousands of cardboard tube crafts are waiting for you and see how many things kids can craft with them.
3. Make your own fire starters.
We make our own fire starters using toilet paper tubes. All you have to do is stuff the cardboard tube full of dryer lint, then pinch the ends closed and you have an amazingly simple fire starter that works great.
4. Save them for your garden.
Cardboard tubes can be used as seed starters and can create protection around new seedlings. Just cut down the side of the tube and wrap it around new growth to protect the stem until it is mature enough to stand on its own.
5. Add them to your compost.
If nothing else, cardboard tubes can be added to your compost bin. You can shred them first if you wish, but you don’t have to. It will break down and offer some nice bulk to your compost.
You can add toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes and even wrapping paper tubes (and most wrapping paper!) to your compost bin as well.
6. See if a local pet shelter can use them.
Small animals such as hamsters and gerbils love toilet paper tubes to play in. They make perfect little tunnels for these critters to hide in. Some cats even like playing with toilet paper tubes.
Call your local animal shelter and see if they can use any of these tubes. Most will be happy to take your donation.
7. Keep them for gift wrapping.
Toilet paper tubes make the perfect little party poppers. Fill them with small items of your choice then wrap them in tissue paper. Tie the ends of the roll with ribbon. These make the perfect party favors and can hide all sorts of little treasures nicely.
Did you ever think toilet paper tubes could be so useful? Consider these 6 reasons to never throw away toilet paper tubes, so you can put fewer tubes in the trash and put more of them to good use.