6 Ways to Reuse Toilet Paper Tubes

From art projects to packing help, learn how to repurpose cardboard cylinders with these clever hacks.

You likely have a couple of cardboard tubes in your home from finished toilet paper and paper towel rolls. But you might not know that cardboard tubes can come in handy around the house. Their cylindrical shape makes them a perfect candidate for a variety of crafts, storage, and even organizing purposes. Read on (or watch the video) for ways to give them a new life.

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Create a home base for hair ties.

Are you constantly misplacing your hair accessories? Plop elastic hair bands onto a toilet paper tube and clip barrettes or bobby pins to the ends for an easy hair accessory HQ.

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Store important documents.

Keep an important document (like a birth certificate) or a special memento (like a piece of child’s artwork) safely stored without creasing it by rolling it up and placing it inside a paper towel tube. The tube will keep it dry in a cedar chest or plastic container. You can even label the outside of the tube with what’s inside.

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Make a knife sheath.

Protect your kitchen workhorse when moving or traveling with a paper towel tube. Just trim the tube so it’s about an inch or two longer than the blade. Then, place the knife inside and fold the overhang of the tube over on the long and top sides. Secure with tape.

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Turn them into stamps.

Pass an afternoon with the kids by making simple art stamps. Just pinch the ends of a cardboard tube into a shape like a heart or oval, or make cutouts in the cardboard for a funky design. Stamp onto paper for a DIY wrapping paper design.

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Contain those pesky cords.

Cords are one of the most annoying items to keep neat, but a cardboard tube can help. Just fold a phone charger or HDMI cord into a neat stack, then place it inside a toilet paper tube. Label the outside with the cord’s function and store it in a bin for easy access.

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Craft a DIY birdfeeder.

Cover a tube in peanut butter and roll in raw, salt-free seeds or nuts (check online for what your local birds prefer). Place the tube over a branch and watch the birds enjoy a snack.

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