Toilet Paper Rolls and Other Cardboard Tubes

If you are looking for crafting ideas with items you have at home, this episode is full of inspiration! Share your cardboard tube crafts on Instagram with the hashtag #thegreattoiletrollchallenge or check out what crafters are making around the world.

Toilet Paper Tube Activities with Younger Children

Toilet Paper Tube Cars – We made these for my son’s birthday and raced them from our patio down two ropes.

Racing toilet paper tube cars
Racing toilet paper tube cars

Nature Scavenger Hunt with Toilet Paper Tube Binoculars

Nature Scavenger Hunt supplies – animal photos on cardboard, checklists with images and words, binoculars from toilet paper tubes, a story book about a treasure hunt
Looking for birds with Nana, April 2006
A stuffed toy bird tied on a branch for a pretend nature scavenger hunt
A stuffed toy bird tied on a branch for a pretend nature scavenger hunt
Bat craft from recycled toilet paper roll and frozen meal tray designed by Trashmagination
Bat craft from recycled toilet paper roll and frozen meal tray designed by Trashmagination
Beaded Fish made from Toilet Paper Rolls
Beaded Fish made from Toilet Paper Rolls
Toilet Paper Roll Snake
Toilet Paper Roll Snake

Koinobori Mini-Windsock with a Carp Design – Made by Squirrelly Minds

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTpFNbZlxBH/

Kadomatsu or New Years Decorations designed by me!

Kadomatsu from recycled materials
Kadomatsu are traditional Japanese New Years decorations usually made from bamboo, pine and ume or plum, but I made some from recycled materials including cardboard tubes

Toilet Paper Tube Activities for Older Children and Adults

Constellation Scopes – Practice recognizing constellations! Download a PDF with the designs for well-known constellations that you can cut out and attach to a cardboard tube. (Created by the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts)

Take a “Moon Selfie” of yourself or a pet – The new face for the “man in the moon.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BooH2xAF_re/

Maze Ball GameGet construction instructions by Frugal Fun for Boys or check out the video below:

Marble Chute Game

Marble run made from a pegboard, pegs, bamboo, tubes and rubber bands
Marble run made from a pegboard, pegs, bamboo, tubes and rubber bands at the Silver Spring Maker Faire in Maryland, 2017
This version was made by artist Nathan Selikoff for the Cardboard Art Festival.

Cardboard Tube Instrument by Nathan Selikoff

Speaker for your phone made from a Pringles canister

Check out the Isolation Beetle Project on Facebook, which encourages you to design a beetle from toilet paper rolls.

Artists Who Work with Toilet Paper Rolls and other Cardboard Tubes

Junior Fritz Jacquet – Origami artist from France

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsWSSoRhq3-/

Anastassia Elias – Illustrator from France

Yuken Teruya

Awesome interview on a new Turkish TV show called Geri Dönüşen Sanat about artists who recycle materials – great job to director Tunahan İlbars!

The work by Yuken Teruya that I saw in person at the Renwick Gallery in December 2017 – made from a fast-food bag
The work by Yuken Teruya that I saw in person at the Renwick Gallery in December 2017 – made from a fast-food bag

Nituniyo – Elephant sculpture from 2015 called Somnis de Pes

Bea Szenfeld’s Toilet Paper Tube Dress from 2013

Sakir Gökcebag

https://www.instagram.com/p/B914OeioKT5/

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