11 Creative & Fun Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Children

11 Creative and Fun Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids

Toilet paper rolls are something a lot of people collect for their use in creative arts and crafts. These vary in length from four to six inches and can offer as a raw material for an unlimited number of craft items. If you have a pile of these and you need to make toilet paper tube crafts for your child’s school project or just for fun around the holidays, then here are some amazing ideas for you.

Simple Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Toddlers and Kids

Check out these easy-to-make toilet papercrafts:

1.TP Roll Binoculars

Children love binoculars! There is something appealing about this optical instrument for all kids as it can be used in all pretend play games. Whether your child is a pirate or an explorer, a pair of binoculars is a must!

What You Will Need

  • 2 TP rolls or one big roll cut into two halves from a kitchen roll.
  • Lots of paint or color paper.
  • White craft glue
  • A strand of ribbon
  • Decorative stickers
  • Clothes pegs


  • Start with painting the TP rolls with colors your kids fancy. Allow the paint to dry for an hour.
  • Glue the end decorative strips to both the front and back. One turn of a colored tape around the circumference of the tubes will also give a neat finished look.
  • Bring the two rolls together and apply glue where they meet. Use the cloth pegs to keep them together as they dry.
  • Finally, staple the ends of the ribbon to opposite sides of the tube on the same side to complete the binoculars.

2. TP Wrist Watch

This one is quite a fun project to do with your kid before an event so that you can distribute one to all your friends.

What You Will Need

  • TP rolls
  • Scissors/hobby knife
  • Pen
  • Cello tape
  • White cardboard sheet


  • Cut the toilet paper rolls into segments about 1 inch thick to make the armbands. You should get a few from each roll.
  • On a sheet of white cardboard, draw a circle about 1.5 inches in diameter and cut it out with scissors to make the watch dial.
  • Write the numbers on the dial and add the hour and minute hand to complete it.
  • Use cello tape to stick this dial to the wrist band. A little bit of glue can also be used to secure it in place.
  • Decorate the wrist band with different designs or color them to make them look cool.
  • This only works for children who are small enough to have their wrists go through the roll.

3. TP Roll Bunny

The TP roll bunny is one of the cutest Easter craft ideas using empty toilet paper rolls there is.

What You Will Need

  • Small TP rolls
  • White paint
  • Googly eyes-small
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom poms- small
  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock
  • Black sharpie
  • Extra strong craft glue


  • Start by painting the TP rolls white. You could give it multiple coats for good absorption and allow them to dry.
  • Draw bunny ears on the white cardstock, and then smaller ear inserts out of the colored cardstocks. Stick the two together with white glue.
  • Glue the googly eyes to the TP rolls an inch and a half from the top.
  • Take three pipe cleaners and twist them around each other in the middle and glue the joint. Allow it to dry for a few hours.
  • Glue the pipe cleaners below the eyes to form the whiskers.
  • Glue a pom pom to the joint and allow it all to dry.
  • Glue the ears to the inside of the TP tube above the eyes.
  • Finally, draw a tiny mouth/smile below the whiskers to complete the bunny.

4. TP Roll Fish

TP roll fishes look quite realistic!

What You Will Need

  • A few TP rolls
  • Some glossy paint, preferably acrylic
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors


  • To make the fish flatten the cardboard tube such that some curve still remains.
  • Cut a rounded end on one side to make the fish head. The same kind of curve at the back cut as slits without meeting at the center is needed to make the tail.
  • Fold the tail cut at the back inward and push it inside the tube, and this should create a nice tail at the back.
  • When done, the flattened cardboard tube resembles a fish.
  • Use one googly on each side of the face and glue them into place.
  • Use the marker to dray fin and scales on the fish.
  • Paint with different colors to make different types of fish.

5. TP Valentine’s Day Dog

Make a number of these adorable puppies for this valentine’s day to make it special for your kids.

What You Will Need

  • TP rolls
  • White paint
  • Heart-shaped paper punch
  • Black card stock
  • Black marker
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors


  • To make the dog start with painting the tubes white and set them aside for drying.
  • To make the hearts, use the craft paper punch to cut out identical hearts from the black card stock. You could punch out maybe a dozen hearts for every dog.
  • Draw long oval ears on the card stock and cut them out using a pair of scissors.
  • If you can’t find a heart-shaped punch, you could use a stencil to draw the hearts and cut them out with scissors.
  • Once the paint is dry, draw a pair of eyes and a heart-shaped nose below it.
  • Using glue, randomly stick hearts all over the dog.
  • Stick the ears to the side, and the dog is complete!

6. TP Roll Grinch

This is a perfect craft idea for when the Christmas holidays are around.

What You Will Need

  • TP rolls
  • Red card stock
  • Green paint
  • Scissors
  • Grinch eyes
  • Black marker
  • Cotton


  • Start painting the tubes in the classic Grinch green and set them aside to dry.
  • In the meantime, use the red cardstock to make a pointy cone that fits perfectly on top of the TP roll.
  •  To make the hat look more like a Santa hat, crush the top of the cone about a third of the way from the top and bend it to the side.
  • Glue a little bit of cotton fluff to its pointy end.
  • Once the paint is dry, draw the facial features of the Grinch and stick the eyes to it.
  • Apply a little glue to the bottom of the hat on the inside and place it over the tube.
  • Apply more glue to the joint between and stick cotton fluff to complete the hat.

7. TP Roll Rainbow Windsock

These rainbow windsocks will make a perfect addition to your little girl’s craft display.

What You Will Need

  • TP roll
  • White paper
  • Blue paint
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Craft tissue paper in different colors
  • A piece of string
  • Hole puncher


  • Start by coloring the whole TP roll blue. Set it aside to dry.
  • Using white paper and a marker pen, draw the outline of the cloud with a flat base.
  • Cut the cloud out using scissors.
  • Using the hole punch, punch two holes at the top to string the holes and make a hanger.
  • Using a black marker pen, draw closed eyes and a smile on the cloud.
  • Apply a little white glue to the back of the cloud and stick it to the TP tube.
  • Cut long strips of tissue paper of different colors.
  • Glue the inside of the TP roll at the bottom and stick the tissue strips around.
  • Allow it all to dry, and the windsock is ready!

8. TP Roll Bee

This one is super easy DIY with toilet paper roll for children crafts that children of all ages can make.

What You Will Need

  • TP rolls
  • Googly eyes
  • Yellow, black, and light blue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker
  • scissors


  • Cut a strip of yellow paper such that it can be precisely wrapped around the TP roll.
  • Apply an even coat of glue to the backside of the yellow paper and carefully stick it to the TP roll.
  • Cut thin strips out of the black paper, with each strip being long enough to wrap around the tube precisely.
  • Apply glue to the back of the strips and stick them below the bottom half of the tube. Leave a little space between the strips.
  • Using some glue, stick the googly eyes to the top of the tube.
  • Draw a smiley facial expression using a marker pen under the eyes.
  • Draw a pair of wings on the blue paper and cut them out with scissors.
  • Stick the wings to the back of the tube, the side opposite to the eyes.
  • Cut two more strips out of the black paper and turn them into antennas.
  • Stick the antennas behind the eyes inside the tube, and the bee is done!

9. TP Roll Leprechaun Hats

These hats make for great decorative material.

What You Will Need

  • TP rolls
  • Green paint
  • Green, black and yellow cardstock
  • Craft glue
  • 3” circle paper punch (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Black marker


  • Paint the TP roll green and allow it to dry.
  • Use the 3” circle punch to cut out a disc from the green cardstock.
  • Glue the green disc to the bottom of the TP roll once the paint dries.
  • Cut a strip of Black paper and go around the base of the hat once.
  • Glue the black strip in place and allow it to dry.
  • To form the buckle, cut a yellow rectangle from the yellow card stock.
  • Glue the buckle to the black strip and allow it to dry.

10. TP Roll Octopus

These will make for some fantastic DIY party decorative animals.

What You Will Need

  • TP rolls
  • Orange paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black marker


  • Cut the orange paper into a rectangular strip such that it can be draped perfectly around the TP roll tube. Use glue to stick it to the tube firmly.
  • Cut long strips of orange paper to make the tentacles.
  • To give them a curl, wrap them tightly around a pencil and let them roll out.
  • Glue the tentacles to the inside of the tube on the bottom side.
  • Glue the googly eyes to the top of the tube and draw a smiley below the eyes to complete the octopus.

11. TP Roll Bats

These bats are perfect decorative characters for Halloween!

What You Will Need

  • TP rolls
  • Black paint
  • Black construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors


  • Start by painting the TP roll completely black.
  • Once the paint dries, fold the tube and flatten it.
  • Stand the tube up and press into one side of the top to fold it along the crease where you flattened it.
  • Do the same to the other side such that it completely covers up the hollow of the tube.
  • Do the same to the bottom and use craft glue to keep them stuck in the same place.
  • Out of the black construction paper, cut out batwings and glue them to the back of the tube.
  • On the front side, stick googly eyes, and your bat is done!

TP rolls can be used to make a lot of creative and fun crafts for children. This article describes the simplest one that all kids can make for any event. The materials used are simple, and the construction time is short. Many of these craft items make an excellent decoration for Christmas, Halloween, and birthday parties.

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