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7 Creative Ways To Use Empty TP Tubes

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7 Creative Ways To Use Empty TP Tubes

The average American uses about 57 sheets of toilet paper each day (8.6 sheets per trip to the bathroom). That works out to 20,805 sheets of toilet paper per year, per person, or in other words, roughly 100 rolls of toilet paper per year. And all that paper means at least 100 cardboard TP tubes, which unlike the paper, get thrown in the trash and not flushed. But did you know they can be reused in any number of creative ways? Check out these ideas.

7 Creative Ways To Recycle Empty TP Tubes

1. Make Seed Starting Pots

This is an incredibly simple and easy way to reuse toilet paper tubes. Take a tube and make cuts all round one end to turn the end of the tube into strips. Each strip should be approximately 1/4-inch wide and about an inch deep. Fold each strip inwards to form the bottom of the seed pot, then fill with soil and plant your seeds. Because the cardboard is biodegradable, you can put the pots directly into the ground when you’re ready to plant, but before you do so, make a couple of cuts along the side of the pot so that the roots can spread out into the garden soil.

2. Make Wall Art

You would be surprised at what you can make with toilet paper tubes, a glue stick, and some spray paint. By cutting the tubes horizontally into thin strips, you can use the curved cardboard to make petal and leaf shapes or intricately filigreed art that looks a little like wrought iron. Check out some of these clever toilet paper tube art ideas – stunning!

3. Keep Your Cords in Order

Most of us have a collection of extension cords that sit in a box or drawer until we need one. Invariably, when you do need an extension cord, you’ll find it in a hopeless tangle. With toilet paper tubes, you can put an end to those tangles once and for all. Simply coil your extension cords, then flatten the coil and push it through a tube. This prevents the coil from unraveling and causing a tangle.

If you’re feeling crafty you can decorate your new extension cord holders. Use wrapping paper to cover the tubes that hold your Christmas light extension cords. You can also use washi tape or colorful duct tape to decorate the tubes.

4. Create an Organizer

To create an organizer, you’ll need a short cardboard box that will snugly hold several tubes standing on their ends (the lid of a shoebox is perfect if you want a large organizer). Once you’ve collected enough tubes to fill the box, then you’ll want to cut the tubes into tiered rows so that you have a short front row, medium-sized middle rows, and a tall back row. Once the above is complete, make sure to decorate the box and the tubes. Cover the cardboard with wrapping paper, fabric, washi tape, paint or anything else that looks nice. You can even add embellishments like small silk flowers or twine bows if you like. Once you’re done decorating, place the tubes in the box, then fill each tube with pencils, pens, markers, paperclips or anything else that needs to be organized!

5. Make a Bird Feeder

This is another startlingly simple idea. To make toilet paper tube bird feeders, all you’ll need to do is cover the outside of the tube in peanut butter. Then, roll the tube in bird seed and slide it over a tree branch. This makes a wonderful, rich treat for wintertime birds, but it will also bring birds to your backyard in the summer, too.

6. Keep Your Wrapping Paper Tidy

Once you’re done wrapping presents, if you’re like most people, you toss the wrapping paper rolls in the closet. When you need it again, you’ll find that it has unfurled and become a wrinkled mess. You can tape the edge of the paper down, but that invariably causes the paper to tear when you remove the tape. Stop trashing (or wrinkling, or tearing) your wrapping paper and instead keep it neatly wrapped in the closet using toilet paper tubes. Simply cut a tube open lengthwise and then place it over the roll of paper to keep it neat and tidy until you need it again.

7. Crafts

Toilet paper tubes can be turned into so many fun things, including TP People, binoculars and much more. You just need a glue gun and some non-toxic paint and your imagination. Get the kids involved! Check out some of these clever, creative ideas!

Got any additional ideas for reusing toilet paper tubes? If you know a great way to reuse them, don’t hesitate to share it with us in the comments section below.

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1 Susan Higgins { 05.06.19 at 4:10 pm }

What a great idea, Kim!

2 kim Corrigan { 05.06.19 at 9:43 am }

Stuff them with wet dog food and freeze them. Use them as a treat to keep your furry friend busy

3 Cory { 04.22.17 at 7:13 pm }

We stuff them with dryer lint and use them to start fires to burn trash or start the woodburning stove. Double recycling!

4 Kim { 04.22.17 at 3:59 pm }

I use mine to make Christmas crasckers.

5 dodgerider86 { 05.16.16 at 9:16 am }

our cat likes to crawl under the tv cabinet, which i dont like, and im afraid she will get stuck. its not light, so to move it to rescue her would be excessively difficult. i used some rubber bands to hold them together and make a little fence in front of the cabinet. i painted them, filled them with Styrofoam and put fake flowers in them. guests love the idea and never believe when i tell them they are tp tubes

6 amber { 05.05.16 at 8:24 pm }

cut into thirds and put around young seedlings to curtail cut worms

7 Ames { 05.04.16 at 10:43 am }

I store cords in them. They never get tangled.

8 Julie Brinning { 05.04.16 at 10:26 am }

We use our toilet paper tubes for fireplace starters. Simply fill them with dryer lint and place on dry kindling. Works like a dream!

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