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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

13 Quick and Easy Crafts to Make with Everyday Cardboard Tubes

Whether you’ve stockpiled for the lockdown, or you’re just getting through toilet and kitchen rolls at a regular pace, it’s easy to quickly build up a collection of cardboard tubes. But before you throw these in the recycling bin, why not put them to good use with some cheap and fun crafts with the kids. We’ve rounded up an assortment of different ideas and inspiration, so see what catches your eye, and get creative!

13 Quick and Easy Crafts to Make with Everyday Cardboard Tubes

1. Cute Characters

Cardboard makes are a fun, cheap way to get crafty with the little ones. Whether you use paint, stick on bits of felt and paper, or cleverly cut your rolls into shapes, it’s easy to let their creativity run wild. You can then bring the characters to life with 8mm, 12mm and 14mm Googly Eyes (534434).

[image credit: thebestideasforkids.com/winter-toilet-paper-roll-animals]

2. Pencil Pots

Keep all of your pens and art supplies at your fingertips by making your very own pots or caddy. Simply cut a few tubes to different sizes, fold in the bottoms, decorate with vibrant paper or paints, such as A-Color Acrylic Paint (532439), and arrange on a sheet of card so that the shortest are at the front.

[image credit: youtube.com/watch?v=I8PIzxAU7Sc]

3. Puppet

Take your cute characters a step further by making them moveable! Simply create a few different body parts and tie them together with yarn. There are so many different possibilities, from cute animals that your little one can walk around the house to tassel-skirt dancing dollies, so get creative!



[image credit: parents.com/fun/arts-crafts/kid/puppet-play/?970]

4. Gift Box

For small presents like sweet treats and crafty supplies, cardboard tubes are perfect for crafting cute gift boxes. To make your own, cut a tube to length and push the ends inwards to create an oval shape. Then, make the gift extra special with vibrant wrapping paper and ribbons, such as those in our Set of 14 Fantastic Ribbon Rolls (479996).

[image credit: theseamanmom.com/toilet-paper-rolls-gift-boxes]

5. Toy Train

Kids will love making and designing their own toy train to drive around the house. You can add split pin moveable wheels, or just glue on bottlecaps or pretty buttons that’ll glide along the floor. Plus, you can keep coming back to it and adding more carriages. Before long, your adorable toy might span the whole living room!

[image credit: kidsactivitiesblog.com/58370/toilet-paper-roll-train-craft]

6. Piñata

This simple DIY doesn’t take long to make and will ensure that your little one’s birthday or special occasion is one to remember. Plus, since they’re so easy to whip up, you could batch make them for each child attending, so everyone gets a turn to play with the piñata.

[image credit: theeverydayevents.blogspot.com/2017/04/diy-pull-pinata-my-love-for-tacos]

7. Napkin Rings

Perfect for a fun get together or special dinner, napkin rings can be simple and sweet like these bunny faces, or over-the-top glamourous. Why not try decorating some using elegant ribbons, brooches and glittery embellishments for a truly outstanding occasion?

[image credit: pinkstripeysocks.com/2015/03/bunny-toilet-roll-napkin-rings.html]]

8. Wire Organisers

These clever solutions will prevent important wires from getting tied up, squashed and bent while not in use. You can keep the decorating really simple too: just wind your rolls with a few bands of pretty washi tape, such as Creativ Washi Tape (451025).

[image credit: ourthriftyideas.com/2013/01/Cord-Organization-Washi-Tape.html]]

9. Plant Pots

These little plant pots are perfect for new sprouts or just adding a little rustic decor to your home. They won’t last long when it comes to watering time, but they’re biodegradable so they can be planted straight into the dirt when the little sprouts start growing bigger.

[image credit: kendollmade.blogspot.com/2012/03/repurposed-toilet-paper-roll-seed.html]

10. Bowling Game

Bowling skittles made from cardboard tubes are quiet when knocked down and super fun to decorate. You can even get creative and assign different points to different skittles, then set them up in elaborate bowling challenges. It’ll keep the little ones entertained for hours!

[image credit: primroseschools.com/blog/diy-bowling-game]

11. Fairy Castles

You can get really creative with cardboard tubes, crafting spires and walls for a delightful small castle that’s perfect for a game of pretend. For a truly magical result, decorate it with shiny paint like A-Color Metallic Acrylic Paint (532438), and watch as the castle walls shimmer gorgeously.

[image credit: incywincyartclub.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/5-toilet-roll-craft-ideas-6-if-you-include-my-husbands-really-bad-one-2]

12. Fish Windsock

Windsocks catch the breeze charmingly, and with the current sunny weather, now’s the perfect time to string them up outside! Have a go at crafting a fish windsock yourself, using a colourful pack like 50cm x 70cm Tissue Paper Sheets (478529) to make all the pretty scales and streamers.

[image credit: funcraftskids.com/tp-roll-crafts-koinobori-wind-socks]

13. Tea Party Props

These adorable little cups might not be able to hold drinks, but they’re perfect for a pretend play session. Get the kids involved with the creative process – they’ll love drawing little faces and designing pretty patterns. Just make sure that the tubes have been properly cleaned before use!

[image credit: funcraftskids.com/tp-roll-crafts-teacups-coffee-cups]