Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Waste Less Wednesday: Toilet Paper Rolls

Today's Waste Less Wednesday topic is the cardboard rolls that toilet paper and paper towels come on. I know, this seems like a strange topic, but they have some good uses. I am always looking for ideas on how to keep my son entertained and these are great. He loves it when I make binoculars out of them. Glue or tape two rolls together and then let your child decorate it with markers and stickers. Sometimes I punch a few holes in the sides and tie on a string so he can wear it around his neck. He has a blast going through the house looking at things with his binoculars.

Another fun craft is to make party poppers with them. Put a small prize on the inside and then wrap tissue paper several times around the outside, leaving an edge on both ends. Tie the ends with a string or ribbon. This can be a fun party favor. My aunt once gave these out at Christmas and everyone had a blast pulling the ends to see what was inside theirs. Here is a picture of the finished project:

A more practical use for the paper towel rolls is to stuff them with plastic bags. I try to reuse the bags but they seem to overtake my house. Stuff them inside a roll and they take up little space though. It is easy to pull them out when you need one. You could even decorate the roll and attach it to the inside of a cabinet or the side of a refrigerator.
Do you have any other creative uses for these rolls? If so, feel free to leave me a comment.


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