Creative Ideas to Recycle Toilet Paper Rolls

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Have you been working hard? We sure have here at Ri Industries! Just take a look at our Facebook page and you’ll see pictures which prove it! So, let’s take a little break from the stressors of our day and explore some creative ways to help our environment.

Trees are an important part of our environment and we encourage everyone to do their part to help “save the trees.” Look for ways to limit wasting paper. Use the backside of forms as scratch paper. Cut sheets of paper in half when a full sheet is not needed. Use only one square of toilet paper when you go. Wait! No, that might be a bit rough at times. So go ahead and use the least amount needed to get the job done, but find ways to recycle all of those toilet paper rolls once they are empty!

Of course, we have some suggestions to get you started:

Bird Feeders


You’ll Need:

  • toilet paper tubes
  • double stick tape or glue
  • colorful paper, or crepe or tissue paper
  • some string for hanging
  • peanut butter
  • birdseed

Decorate bottom rim of tube first. Use double stick tape to attach the crepe paper since there’s no mess and no drying time. Punch holes in top and insert string. Use a knife to smear peanut butter around the middle of the tube, and then sprinkle bird seed over the tube, with a plate underneath to catch the excess. Hang and hopefully feed some birds!

Paper Lanterns

toilet paper tube
acrylic paint
paint brush
wire for hanging (optional)

CC10 miniature lanterns deconstructed

#1 cut the tube open vertically

#2 cut the tube in half horizontally

#3 cut 2″ off so you are left with… #4

#5 paint the inside yellow if you want the lantern
to look like it’s glowing from the inside and use
the color of your choice for the outside; let dry

#6 fold in half horizontally, then make small,
evenly spaced cuts beginning on the fold to
¼” from the open edge

#7 glue the lantern closed; squash down a
bit to shape

For the handle, use #20 floral wire, shape the
rounded part around the barrel of a marker, then flip
up each end to hook through the slots of the lantern.

Pinanta Garland



  • Supplies
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue Paper
  • Treats for Filling
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Glue & Tape
  • String


1. Cut 2×2 inch squares of tissue paper and slit a small “X” in the center. (this will help treats to fall out when pulled)

2. Loosely attach the tissue to the bottom of the toilet paper roll.

3. Place a 3-5 inch ribbon over the “X” and secure with a small piece of tape. (NOTE: This can be done right before filling the tubes if you please)

4. Take a full sheet of tissue paper and fold lengthwise to about 1 inch deep.

5. Cut into 1 1/2 inch rectangles.

6. Cut about 4 slits into the open end of each rectangle, leaving about 1/4″ at the top.

7. Begin wrapping fringe at the bottom of the tube and work your way up. Use tape or glue to secure the fringe.

8. Secure two 3 inch pieces of ribbon on opposite sides of the inside of the tube with tape.

9. Fill with candy, confetti, fortunes, toys, etc.

10. Hang on a sturdy string like bakers twine. PARTY!

Desk Caddy




    • 3-4 recycled cardboard tubes (from toilet rolls, paper towels, wrapping paper, foil, etc)
    • 8×8 inch piece of cardboard (cereal box, back of writing pad, etc)
    • toothpick

Craftsmart paint:

    • Espresso
    • Pale Blue
    • Golden Brown
    • Vanilla
  1. Cut cardboard tubes into varying lengths to your liking. For example, short ones are great for pushpins or paper clips, while taller ones are ideal for paintbrushes or pens.
  2. Paint cardboard tubes with the base colors Espresso, Pale Blue and Golden Brown.
  3. Use the same colors, plus Vanilla, to decorate each of the tubes. The handle end of a paintbrush is great for adding polka dots, a liner brush is good for stripes and a toothpick is perfect for tiny dots.
  4. Paint the cardboard square with Espresso.
  5. Hot glue the tubes to the base.

We’d love to see your finished projects so please posts some picture to our Facebook page!

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