You can’t possibly ignore them: they have come and they are here to stay. Yes, we are talking about DIY projects with toilet paper rolls. They are simple, they are cute, and children simply adore them. Well, what are you waiting for? Go and do one yourself!

Love Letter

Didn’t you know that toilet paper rolls are all about love and adoration? Just take a look at this valentine full of candies! This project involves wrapping, gluing and cutting out the letters which make it ideal for small children. A sign of true love, isn’t it?

Love Letter

Gorgeous Lamp

This project is both incredibly simple and stunningly beautiful. All you need to do is cut rolls into strips, glue them together using the bowl as a base, and spray-paint the lamp black (a metallic color might work just as well). To avoid starting a fire, only use your lamp with LED bulbs that do not produce heat.

Gorgeous Lamp

Bird Feeder

Toilet paper rolls make excellent birdfeeders. Just spread some peanut butter on the cardboard and roll your feeder in bird seed. The seed will stick to the butter; now the only thing left is to hang your birdfeeder on a tree branch. You might also put a string through the hole to be able to hang the roll near your window to make bird watching as comfortable as possible. You will find even more original ideas for DIY birdfeeders here.

Bird Feeder

You Own Frankenstein

This greenish Frankenstein looks absolutely lovely and adorable. What’s more, to make this funny monster you won’t need tons of electricity: a pair of scissors, a black marker, some paint and glue plus an empty toilet paper roll will be enough. There is no doubt that your little one will be able to do this project by herself: just show her the end result and offer some guidance.

You Own Frankenstein

Castles

Boys like stories about King Arthur (by the way, what about choosing The Sword in the Stone for your family movie night?) The once and future king can’t manage without a castle and toilet paper rolls are excellent building materials for an impregnable fortress. Use an X-Acto knife to cut the top, doors and windows and let the kids paint and decorate the castle. Excalibur is in one of these towers!

Castles

Watches

These pretty watches can be made in less than five minutes and your toddler will have the time of her life learning how to tell the time (pun intended!) Kids can color the wristband and decorate it with feathers or fake gems or play with watches as they are: cardboard is the height of fashion these days.

Watches

Marble Run

Kids can play with marble runs for hours on end. This marble run is a cinch to make, and brightly colored toilet paper rolls greatly add to enjoyment. You will need an X-Acto knife to cut a roll into tracks and to make holes in the towers. Use a glue gun to secure the towers to the cardboard base, and make lightweight balls out of play dough. You might start with only three towers and add more and more pillars to create increasingly elaborate routes. Beware: marble runs are highly addictive!

Marble Run