Every household goes through endless rolls of toilet tissue, paper towels, and wrapping paper each year. Once the paper is gone, the cardboard tube is left over. These can be recycled, but it is more fun to turn these into wonderful recycling arts and crafts project. Here are 4 fun ideas that take little preparation or clean up. Use these items listed or any other objects you may find around the house.
Cut a tube into 1′”, 1 1/2″, or any other length rings. You will get between 3 and 9 pieces depending upon the length of the tube. Paint the rings with tempera or acrylic or other water based paint and let them dry completely.
Instead of paint, cardboard rings can be covered with pieces tissue paper and coated with modge podge or other clear shellack.
Once covered, the rings may be wrapped with ribbon or yarn. Photographs may also be cut to size and glued to the cut tubes.
Use 6 basic 1″ to 1 1/2″ tubes that are painted or decorated. To prevent dry tubes from rolling around, thread a hand towel or cloth through the rings so they will stay in one place while you are working on them.
Use a strong glue like Tacky glue to attach a shell, button, or other small trinket to the top. Let them dry completely.
For a festive picnic ring, decorate with wrapping paper and top with balloons to use at a birthday party. Decorations may be used for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other holiday.
When the rings are dry, wrap a plastic fork, knife, and spoon in a paper napkin. Place party tube around the bundle. Make as many sets as you need for the event.
Cutlery Caddy for Pool, Party, or Picnic
Glue 4 prepared 4″ tubes to a sturdy base such as a paper plate, cardboard or tile square. Place in two rows of two. Leave a one to two inch gap between rows to hold napkins. Place forks, knives, spoons, or other utensils in each tube.
Trinket Holder or Coin sorter
Bundle a few prepared tubes together to make a small change or jewelry or other trinket holder.
Use three, four or five basic prepared rings that are about 2″ in length. Glue them down on a sturdy piece of cardboard or paper. A bow of ribbon, yarn, or fabric may be wrapped around for a finishing touch.
Floral Center Piece
Glue 6 4″ prepared tube in a circle with one in the middle. Paint and decorate as desired. Wash and dry 6 empty pill bottles, spice bottles, or film canisters. Put one inside of each tube and fill 3/4 with water. Trim fresh flower stems and place in each section. Begin placing taller flowers in the center and then fill the outer sections.
These projects are fun, simple, useful, and are eco-friendly all at the same time!