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Paper Towel Roll Crafts: Get 40+ Great Ideas!

These paper towel roll crafts are perfect boredom busters, and will bring out kids’ creativity on a budget. Grab a cardboard tube and get started.

Paper Towel Roll Crafts

I just recently wrote an article on toilet paper roll crafts, and I shared over 50 ideas to make with cardboard tubes. I decided, when looking at my ever growing stash, that paper towel rolls needed to be represented too.

Especially with times as they are right now – we’re all inside a lot. And given the purchases earlier this year, everyone has a lot of cardboard tubes taking up space in their home.

It’s time to start getting crafty with the tubes, if you haven’t already. And even if you have, there are a lot of ideas here you probably haven’t tried!

Paper Towel Tube Crafts

Before we dive into the crafts, let’s go through some frequently asked questions about toilet paper tube crafts! If you’re ready to dive into the projects, simply scroll down to the list below the questions.

What crafts can you make with paper towel rolls?

I’m actually kind of excited to share everything that you can do with the cardboard tubes. For years the only thing I knew about was seed starters, and I had no idea there were other things you could make. Turns out there’s a lot, from kids projects to wall art to holiday. You’ll see in the list.

What is the inside of a paper towel roll called?

he cardboard in the center of the roll is called the “core” and that’s what you’re going to use for your projects. Sometimes you can slide it out before the roll is done – but for the most part you have to wait until all the paper towels are off to use the cardboard tube within.

What paint can I use on cardboard tubes?

I recommend using Apple Barrel or FolkArt paint. Apple Barrel is the less expensive of the two craft paints, and it’s got great pigmentation. This brand is also non-toxic and waterbase for easy clean up, so it’s perfect to use with kids.

Are you ready to jump into the paper towel tube crafts? Keep on reading to get the list!

Paper Towel Roll Crafts

Grab a bunch of cardboard tubes and get started on these paper towel roll craft ideas! You're going to love the variety of the suggestions - plenty of ideas for ages kid to adult.