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7 Uses for Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Cardboard Rolls

You’ve come to the end of a roll of toilet paper or paper towels. You have a decision to make.

Toilet Paper Roll Planters 300x225 7 Uses for Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Cardboard Rolls Thanks to coreyjune12 for the picture!

You can

  • A) Throw the remaining roll into the trash (this is the wrong answer)
  • B) Recycle the remaining roll (This is a good answer, but not the one we are looking for)
  • or C) You can reuse the remaining cardboard roll! (Ding, ding!)
  • There are hundreds of ways to reuse the cardboard roll that is left behind after a roll of toilet paper or paper towels is used; here we highlight some of the most creative and most popular.

    Planters – Cut cardboard rolls down until they are about two inches tall and insert into potting soil. Sprinkle seeds inside of the cardboard circles and emerging plants will be protected by a compostable support system.

    Plastic Bag Storage – Forgot your reusable shopping bags when you went to the grocery store and now you’re stuck with a bunch of plastic shopping bags? Use a paper towel tube to effectively store plastic bags until you’re ready to reuse them.  Stuff them in one-by-one on one end and pull them out in the same fashion on the other and you have yourself a handy plastic bag holder and dispenser!

    Extension Cord Control/Storage – Trying to store electrical cords, extension cords, or Christmas lights and the cords end up incessantly tangled? Wrap the cords into a small circle or oval and then slip a cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tube over one end. Cords will maintain their shape and position and will not get tangled with themselves or with other cords.

    Rodent Play – Paper towel tubes and toilet paper tubes are the perfect hiding places for mice, gerbils, hamsters, and other pet rodents. The paper nature of these tubes allows for them to be easily disposed of when soiled or dirtied, suppressing the need to clean plastic versions of such play tubes.

    Packing – Need help separating your underwear, socks, jewelry, and other small items in your suitcase? Cut toilet paper rolls in half for an easy and convenient packing solution. Place cut rolls vertically in your suitcase and insert items inside to keep them secure and easy to find. Also works great for storing items in drawers.

    Art Project for Kids – Toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls are a popular medium for toilet paper roll art for both adults and children alike. From pencil holders to firecrackers to animal sculptures, there are tons of different creative projects that can be made from a toilet paper or paper towel tube. A simple Google search results in a myriad of results with instructions, or just let your children use their imaginations!

    Donate – If you have no need, use, or creative idea for reusing toilet paper and paper towel rolls, you can always donate those you have left over to senior centers, day cares, or elementary schools, all of which are bound to find a crafty way to reuse them!

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