You’ve already recycled many toilet paper rolls into other wonderful things so why stop now? Christmas is coming and you’ll be able to make tree ornaments, table decorations and much more when you recycle bathroom tissue rolls. So, go get some of those cardboard tubes you’ve been saving and let’s get busy!
Make beautiful napkin rings by cutting sections from a toilet paper roll. Make them as wide as you want but cut them all the same size. Cut a piece of felt, fabric or decorative paper and glue it to the inside of the napkin ring. Cover the outside in a similar manner or do something different. Glitter, fake jewels, beans, painted rice, and similar things all work to create the design you want on the napkin rings.
Cover a bathroom tissue roll with Christmas paper or fabric to make a silverware holder for a dinner gathering. Cut the cloth or paper way too long and tuck the excess down inside, on one end of the toilet paper roll. Glue three of these tubes together then glue the set to a cardboard or wooden base. One tube can hold knives, one can hold forks and one can hold spoons.
Make a tree ornament by doing something similar. Cut a section from a toilet paper roll, cover it inside and outside, then choose a miniature to feature inside the circle. First, poke a hole in the top area of the toilet paper roll section and thread a cord through it. A loop of cord will serve as the hanger for the ornament. Glue a small item inside the circle. A miniature purchased from a craft or dollar-theme store, a tiny toy from the bottom of your child’s toy box, or even a small doll accessory, like a pair of Barbie doll shoes, will work. Tie a bow around the bottom area of the cord to finish the ornament.
Make an ornament that looks much different when you cut the cardboard tube in a different way. Look at the tube and you’ll see that it has an indented line which starts at one end and angles around and around to the other end. Cut on this line to create two curly-q-type sections. Cut a piece of twine or ribbon, double it, and glue the ends to the top point of the ornament. Cover one side with glue and glitter, hang to dry, then cover the other side with the glitter. Tie a bow and glue it to the ends of the ribbon to conceal them. If needed, twist the finished tube-half so it will curl more; the glitter and glue application can sometimes cause the tube to elongate and lose its shape.
Even if you haven’t been saving empty toilet paper rolls – even though you should – you still have time to make fabulous Christmas ornaments, decorations and more. We all know how fast that roll goes, and in no time, you’ll have what you need to make one more beautiful thing for Christmas.