7 pretty and practical uses for toilet roll tubes


Toilet roll tubes – “never bin them, always recycle them is my motto”, but who knew there were such terrific ways to reuse them? Before you toss them into the recycling bin, check out these uses! You’d be surprised at what you can do, from beautiful crafting projects to practical uses around the home.

Let’s explore these 7 pretty and practical ways to reuses toilet roll tubes…

1. Organise and store your wires

What a handy way to organise wires!

This is a fantastic tip from Our Thrifty Ideas. Simply wrap your cords around then stuff them into tubes, you can even decorate like they have with a bit of washi tape to make them pretty and practical.

2. Make beautiful homemade gift boxes

So pretty!

With just a lick of paint and the pinch of the ends, you can make your very own gift boxes. Decorate with ribbon, glitter or anything else that takes your fancy to create something pretty special. Nobody will ever know you reuses your toilet roll tubes!

For more ideas on how to do your own gift wrap – and save yourself a pretty penny – check out our 9 household alternatives to wrapping paper.

3. Make your pet their own cat toy

Your cat will LOVE this.

Keep kitty occupied with this fab cat toy! Just bend the ends down after filling your tube up with cat treats and let them try to get into it. Follow this easy tutorial on YouTube for full instructions. Got lots of toilet roll tubes stashed away? You could make this amazing poke a hole cat toy.

4. Craft your own Christmas crackers

Pull a cracker!

Christmas crackers these days and all snap and no substance. Filled with cheap toys or rubbish you only end up throwing away… so why not make your own crackers this festive season? They’re so easy to do and with just a few old toilet roll tubes, snaps, Christmas paper and some trinkets you can make your own. It’s not too hard to do so even novice crafter can visit Squawkfox for details.

5. Make practical Seedling Pots

Calling all green fingered gardeners…

Perfect for seedling pots… toilet roll tubes make are cheap, readily available, sturdy, and can be molded so they have a hole in the bottom for drainage. Check out the brilliant blog post on Garden Therapy for more ideas on how to make seed starting containers.

6. Store your pens and pencils

Rainbow effect even better!

A classic and oh-so-good! Pop your toilet roll tubes into an old shoe box or something similar until they’re snug. Place your pens in there and there you have it…a fantastic pen pot. I love the idea of grouping the shades together too like this YouTuber has done.

7. Beautiful alternative to bunting


I found this pretty idea on…where else…Pinterest of course! Cut your toilet roll tubes into strips leaving them intact as a circle then gently tease the ends to create a leaf. Glue them together to make a flower then loop a piece of string together. So simple yet beautiful – this is a great alternative to traditional bunting and will look amazing at a wedding or celebration.

Thank you for reading! If you have any pretty or practical uses for toilet roll tubes then please let me know in the comments section below.


A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

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