Toilet Roll Crafts

Toilet roll tubes are one thing we always seem to have an abundance of in our house! If you are the same why not use them up in some of our toilet roll crafts - we've got some really fun and original suggestions here.

Lindsay says: Someone recently wrote to tell me that her school no longer allowed empty loo rolls to be used in children's craft projects for sanitary reasons. If that's the case with you, perhaps you can buy some cardboard rolls or cut kitchen roll cardboard tubes in half with a hacksaw (before giving them to the kids, of course!)

Cardboard Tube Olympic Rings

Cardboard Tube Olympic Rings

Recycle some cardboard tubes to make this fun Olympic rings craft with the children. Lots of fun, messy painting involved!

Chinese Firecracker Craft

Chinese Firecracker Craft

It used to be traditional to set off very loud firecrackers at the beginning of Chinese New Year, to warn away the man-eating monster Nian and to welcome in the New Year. Your kids can make their own - less noisy - Chinese firecrackers with this Chinese New Year craft idea.

Cow Treat Tube

Cow Treat Tube

Turn a loo roll into a fun container for little treats with some folding and crafting. This would make a great craft for a party. Get the kids to make their own tube, then fill it with treats for going-home time!

Patriotic Pen Pot Craft

Patriotic Pen Pot Craft

This patriotic pen pot craft bears a striking resemblance to Uncle Sam's hat! It is quick and easy craft for kids of all ages for Fourth of July.

Reindeer Candy Holder

Reindeer Candy Holder

This gorgeous toilet roll reindeer candy holder can hold a secret supply of sweets or candy - a fun little Christmas craft for kids to make!

Toilet Roll Bat Craft

Toilet Roll Bat

Have fun making this 3D bat using junk supplies. You can even use the bat's body to hide some tasty Halloween treats!

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Toilet Roll Candle Craft

Toilet Roll Candle Craft

Gather some loo rolls, paint, stickers and pipe cleaners for some crafty Christmas fun! Line the candles up on the mantelpiece of hang them from the Christmas tree. See also the variation for older children below.

Toilet Roll Cow Craft

Toilet Roll Cow Craft

Who could believe that you can turn a simple loo roll into this gorgeous little cow? We think the kids will love this craft!

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Toilet Roll Goat

Toilet Roll Goat

We've come up with a brand new way to turn toilet rolls into farm animals, and this lovely goat is the first! It's the perfect craft to try with the children for the Year of the Goat.

Toilet Roll Monkey 1

Toilet Roll Monkey 1

This cheeky little monkey is made from a loo roll and a few pieces of card or paper. He looks great sitting on the edge of a shelf or the top of a cupboard, or perched on the rim of flower pot in front of a "jungle" plant, with his legs dangling over the sides!

Toilet Roll Monkey 2

Toilet Roll Monkey 2

This really is a fun monkey craft for the kids to try - they will love the way that the monkey can "climb" his own tree! It is trickier to explain than it is to do, so we've included lots of photos to help.

Toilet Roll Ox Craft

Toilet Roll Ox

This is our favourite Year of the Ox craft! He's easy to make but so effective - perfect for decorating the house for Chinese New Year. He is also fun to add to a Nativity scene at Christmas.

Toilet Roll Sheep

Toilet Roll Sheep

Kids will love making this toilet roll sheep - particularly sticking the cotton wool balls on and watching it take shape! Add a bit of weight to the inside of the loo roll, make two and they would make lovely book ends.

Toilet Roll Tiger

Toilet Roll Tiger

Break our the contents of your junk drawer to make this toilet roll tiger for Chinese New Year, and India or zoo theme, or any time a tiger craft is called for!!

Toilet Roll Turkey

Toilet Roll Turkey

Simple and cute - a quick and easy Thanksgiving craft for younger kids!

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Toilet Roll Wombat

Here's an original way to turn a toilet roll into a wombat! It can be a little fiddly so an adult will need to help younger children, but I'm sure you'll agree that the result is worth it.

Valentine Mobile

Valentine Mobile

This pretty mobile is made by recycling a kitchen roll or loo rolls. It looks so pretty hanging in the window!

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