40 Easy Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids and Adults

Quick and easy toilet roll crafts

Quick and Easy Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

To the seasoned crafter, a toilet paper roll is an opportunity. A piece of crafting material that can be used for tons of different projects!

And it’s really true, you can use toilet paper rolls in all sorts of different ways. Below you’ll find 40 toilet paper roll crafts for kids, toddlers, and even adults. These crafts get really creative too, you’ll find games, learning activities, artsy crafts, and more!

So, if you’re ready to create something awesome, don’t throw away those rolls too fast!

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Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids

1. Rainbow Windsock

This rainbow windsock craft is adorable and easy to make so it’s a perfect craft for kids. Once it’s finished the kids can play with it outside too or they can hang it up and watch it sway in the wind.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Blue paint
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Tissue paper in rainbow colors
  • String for hanging
  • Hole puncher

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2. Toilet Paper Roll Owls

How adorable are these toilet paper roll owls! If you have a kid who loves owls this is going to be such a fun craft to do with them! You can also customize and make your own owls so be sure to get creative!

Supplies:

  • White, orange, and yellow paper
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Paint and a paint brush
  • Foam or colored cardboard

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3. Toilet Paper Roll Bunny

These toilet roll bunnies would be a great Easter craft for kids! These really don’t require too much work either, and you can probably come up with your customization ideas as well.

Supplies:

  • Paper rolls
  • White paint
  • Small googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Small pom poms
  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock
  • Extra strong glue
  • Black sharpie

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4. Toilet Roll Train

A lot of kids LOVE trains and they may even want their own mechanical train set. If you want to test the waters a bit before buying them the real thing, why not help them make this super fun toilet roll train? It’s fully functional, super colorful, and building it together just adds to the fun!

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Skinny cardboard tube
  • Lids
  • Craft paint
  • Foam brushes
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

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5. Toilet Paper Roll Fish

These toilet roll fish are super cute and customizable, and they use the toilet rolls in a bit of a different way. Instead of using them how they come, you’ll be folding and cutting them to shape your fish!

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors

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6. Toilet Roll Shark

To accompany your cute little toilet roll fishies, you need a big mean shark! Soon you’ll have an entire paper roll aquarium going! Seriously though this toilet paper shark craft is easy and fun, and it looks awesome!

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Gray paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Googly eyes
  • School glue
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Black marker

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7. Valentine’s Day Dog

You could really make this toilet roll dog craft all-year round, but it would make an especially nice homemade Valentine’s Day gift! This one is nice and easy to make too so it’s perfect for kids.

Supplies:

  • Toilet roll
  • Paint
  • Marker
  • Black paper
  • Tape or glue

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8. Toilet Roll Unicorn

Unicorns are a magical and mythical creature and these tube unicorns are just about as magical as the real thing. They’ve got luscious rainbow hair, a golden horn, and an irresistibly cute face. Perfect for all unicorn lovers!

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper tubes
  • Colored paper
  • Pink paint
  • Glitter foam sheet
  • Rainbow yarn
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black sharpie

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9. Toilet Paper Christmas Characters

Christmas is such a great time to craft. The weather is chilly so you can bundle up inside, get the fire going, and craft away! These Christmas characters will be so fun to work on as a family!

Supplies:

  • 4 toilet paper rolls
  • Paint
  • Red glitter paper
  • Green glitter paper
  • Small black buttons
  • Small red buttons
  • Small red pom poms
  • Medium red pom pom
  • Orange cardstock
  • Small googly eyes
  • Cotton balls
  • Medium white pom poms
  • Red pipe cleaner
  • Black sharpie

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10. Toilet Roll Grinch

Every Christmas needs a bit of the Grinch, right? To go along with the Christmas characters you made above you can make this awesome toilet paper roll Grinch! After you make it you can watch the movie too!

Supplies:

  • Toilet roll
  • Green paint and paintbrush
  • Red and black sharpie
  • Red construction paper
  • yellowish construction paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors

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11. Halloween Characters

Because we included the Christmas characters above we just had to include these adorable Halloween characters too! These would make for some spooky decorations around the house and making them will surely get you into the Halloween spirit!

Supplies:

  • 4 paper rolls
  • Paint – orange, bright green, beige
  • Black construction paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Medium sized googly eyes
  • Red glitter paper
  • Cardstock – green, red, white
  • Sharpie

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12. Paper Roll Aliens

If you’re looking for a toilet paper roll craft that will truly allow your kid’s creativity to shine, this is the one. Aliens can come in so many different forms so your kids can really go wild with what they create!

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Paint, markers, crayons, or paint sticks
  • Glue
  • Your own selections of crafting materials

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13. Tube Elephant

Elephants are cute enough and with the new Dumbo movie that just came out, this elephant craft is even more appropriate! It’s nice and easy too so your kids can mostly do everything on their own (besides maybe the cutting part).

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Thin cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Gray craft paint
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

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14. Toilet Roll Bowling Game

This is such a fantastic and fun idea! You can now have an at-home bowling game with some toilet paper rolls and a ball and the whole family can get involved. Maybe you can set up multiple lanes and get a tournament going.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • White contact paper
  • Red tape
  • A ball

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15. Toilet Paper Roll Chick

This is another craft project that is great for Easter time and I just think it’s so cute! The chick hatching right out of the egg is a great touch.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Yellow paper or paint
  • Orange paper
  • Googly eyes
  • White cardstock paper (optional for eggshell)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

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16. Minions

Are minions out of style yet? I don’t think so! These toilet paper roll minions look awesome. If you really like minions you can check out these other minion crafts for kids too.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Black, gray-brown and yellow markers
  • Construction paper (blue, yellow, white and black)

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17. Toilet Roll Lorax

If you have kids that love Dr. Seuss and especially the book/movie Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, this craft is a must-do. The end result is so good!

Supplies:

  • Construction paper (orange, yellow, white and pink)
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Green and black markers

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18. Marble Run

This is such a clever way to use all your cardboard tubes! You can decorate them, cut them into different shapes, and build your own marble run track. Best of all, you can reuse them and create new tracks whenever you want! This is such a great indoor activity for the kids.

Supplies:

  • Empty paper rolls
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Button magnets
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

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19. Paper Roll Seahorse Puppets

These seahorse puppets are quite different from all the other toilet roll crafts on this list. You’ll have to cut and shape the toilet rolls and you’ll also be adding a dowel at the end to turn them into puppets. I love it!

Maybe once you’re finished you can set up a little puppet show. That would be a ton of fun!

Supplies:

  • Paper towel roll
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Googly eyes
  • Paint
  • Tacky craft glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft knife
  • Template (found in the full tutorial)

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20. Heart Robot

This is another craft that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. These heart robots are just adorable! Your kids can craft some of these up for Valentine’s Day and then hand them out at school!

Supplies:

  • Paper roll
  • White paint
  • Red cardstock paper
  • Glue
  • White pipe cleaner
  • Black marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Aluminum foil

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21. Toilet Roll Turkeys

Not a lot of crafting happens around Thanksgiving but that’s about to change! While you’re in the kitchen cooking up the turkey, the kids can be crafting these awesome toilet roll turkeys (with a bit of help from an adult)! Watch them sway in the wind!

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper tube
  • Paper plate
  • Large googly eyes
  • Brown paint
  • Foam brush
  • Ribbons in fall colors
  • Feathers
  • Orange foam sheet
  • Hot glue gun
  • Red pipe cleaner

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22. Toilet Roll Castle

Although in the photo above you see an ice castle, you can really make whatever kind of castle you want with your toilet rolls! Get creative and add your own flair. I’m sure your kids will have some ideas on what they want to create too.

Maybe you can help them create the first ever model of Hogwarts Castle made from toilet rolls! That would be magical.

Supplies:

  • Empty square tissue box
  • Paper towel and toilet rolls
  • Cardstock paper
  • Cone drinking cups
  • Old CDs
  • Glitter
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue
  • Spray paint or craft paint
  • Piece of foam core board

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23. Toilet Tube Starwars Characters

Star wars characters

If your kids are really into Star Wars they are going to love these toilet roll characters! They look so good! I love how cute the little Yoda one is. Look at that face.

Supplies:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Cardstock paper
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Fringe cutting scissors
  • Stapler
  • Colored straws
  • Circle craft punch
  • Hole puncher
  • Small wiggle eyes
  • Black marker

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24. Leprechaun King

This Leprechaun King craft is one that the kids can do around St. Patricks Day and the end result is so fun! The big curly beard really adds a nice touch!

Supplies:

  • Toilet roll
  • Orange construction paper
  • Patterned paper
  • Gold paper

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25. Toilet Roll Octopus

Here’s a quick and easy toilet paper roll craft that the kids can have finished in just a few minutes! If you want, you could even customize the color of your octopus with different colored craft paper. A purple octopus would be pretty cool.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Orange paper
  • Wiggly eyes stickers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black marker

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26. Clown Puppet

If your kids aren’t terrified of clowns (it’s understandable if they are) then they might have a lot of fun with a toilet paper roll clown puppet! This is another craft that can be customized to your heart’s desire.

Supplies:

  • Paper roll
  • Craft paper (white, pink, blue, and scraps of different colors)
  • Two googly eyes
  • Black pen
  • REd pen
  • Craft glue and a hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Red yarn
  • Red pom poms

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27. Cardboard Tube Tiger

If you’ve been loving the animal crafts on this list, here’s another one you can add to your toilet paper roll zoo! These tigers are great because the kids can draw their own faces and stripes on for a unique look every time.

Supplies:

  • Orange craft paint
  • Black craft paint
  • Orange construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Black marker

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28. Paper Roll Monarch Butterflies

If it’s not quite the right season yet to go outside and catch real butterflies, these paper roll butterflies are the next best thing! The tutorial shows you how to make monarch butterflies but I’m sure you could change up the colors to make all sorts of different types!

Supplies:

  • Black and orange construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Glue stick
  • White glue or hot glue gun
  • White paint
  • Paint brush

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29. Rockhopper Penguin

This rockhopper penguin craft reminds me of the movie Happy Feet. If your kids haven’t seen that one yet, definitely put it on while you make this craft!

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Thin card (black, white, yellow, pink, orange)
  • Googly eyes
  • Pencil/pen
  • Printable stencil (found in full tutorial)

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30. Toilet Roll Dinosaurs

I think almost every kid goes through a phase when they’re interested in dinosaurs so this craft is a great one! Maybe after you’re finished with crafting (or while you’re crafting) you can put on a good dinosaur movie or TV show!

Supplies:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Scissors
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Permanent marker or googly eyes
  • Dinosaur shape templates (found in full tutorial)

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31. Toilet Roll Binoculars

This is a quick and easy craft that any kid can do! It’s a fun one too and a perfect summertime activity as your kids can “explore” with them after making them!

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Markers, paint, or stickers

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32. Toilet Roll Mini-City

This is the last of the toilet paper roll crafts for kids on this list and it’s the one that demands unlimited creativity! You can expand your toilet roll city forever! This would be great for lego figurines or other figurines who can live in the mini city.

Supplies:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue

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Easy Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Toddlers

You should be able to do most of the toilet roll crafts above with your toddlers (they just need some extra help), but the crafts below are made especially for toddlers.

33. Toilet Paper Roll Ball Drop

This is one of those quick and easy toilet paper roll crafts for toddlers that is a great learning opportunity. You really don’t even need to do any crafting for this, just grab the supplies and start letting your toddler try to drop a ball through the tube into a small bowl.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls and/or paper towel rolls
  • Small bowl or lid
  • Pom poms or cotton balls

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34. Paper Roll Watches

This is another great craft that has a learning opportunity built in! As you make these toilet paper roll watches with your toddler you can teach them a bit about how clocks work! You can let your toddler customize the watch band too.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Sellotape

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35. Shape Stamps

This is one of those easy toilet paper roll crafts for toddlers that you’ll probably end up crafting and they’ll end up just playing with. That’s ok though! As they use these toilet paper roll stamps they’ll have a ton of fun and learn about new shapes!

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Markers

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Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Adults

Who said crafting with toilet paper rolls was just for kids? Turns out you can make some pretty functional things with toilet paper rolls and a bit of time.

36. Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

This is a great toilet paper roll craft for adults but the kids can get involved on it too! Making bird feeders can be a great family activity because you can watch all the birds interact with it afterward.

Supplies:

  • Peanut butter
  • Craft/popsicle sticks
  • Birdseed
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Twine

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37. Biodegradable Toilet Roll Planters

This is such a fabulous idea! If you’re planning on starting a garden this is a great way to reuse any paper towel or toilet paper rolls you have lying around.

Supplies:

  • Toilet roll
  • Scissors

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38. DIY Phone Stand

This is a great DIY tech accessory! Sometimes you just need a stand for your phone and this is such an easy solution! Plus, you can customize how it looks depending on your style.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Washi tape
  • Push pins
  • Marker
  • Cutter
  • Craft scissors

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39. Toilet Roll Gift Boxes

Ok… how didn’t I think of this. What a genius idea! Not only can you create your own gift boxes with toilet paper rolls, but this also allows you to customize them however you want! I really love this idea.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon

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40. Paper Roll Poppers

These are so perfect for the 4th of July! While you’re setting off fireworks you can blast some of these DIY confetti poppers around for added fun. The kids can even get involved. They’re SO easy to make too!

Supplies:

  • Balloons
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Packing tape
  • Patterned paper
  • Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Metallic tissue paper
  • Gift bag filler
  • Scissors

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Toilet paper roll crafts for kids

Conclusion

Whew! That’s a whole lot of toilet paper roll crafts! Now that you know how great toilet rolls and paper towel rolls can be for crafting, you might want to start stockpiling them!

Seriously though, there are so many other household materials you can use to craft too. It’s really fun to try and be resourceful and crafty with what you’ve got.

Let me know which toilet roll craft is your favorite! Do you have any other ideas on what you could make with toilet rolls?

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