• Tracy Tristram

Upcycle your loo rolls! 20 toilet roll craft ideas for kids

Updated: Aug 12



In these strange and anxious times, there are certain items that we never thought we would find ourselves coveting, and toilet rolls are definitely on that list. So, what with them being such precious commodities right now, it seems a shame to waste any part of them. Lucky for us there are tons of fun upcycling projects we can try with the kids when it comes to toilet roll craft: read on for 20 easy peasy crafty activities to keep you AND the kids busy during lockdown...


1. Butterflies


We recently gave you a whole heap of ideas for gardening projects, and by default this is kinda one too. With Spring not too far off (we're being optimistic), get your little ones fluttering into action and whipping up these beauts (pictured top) by The Best Ideas for Kids.


2. Monsters

Toilet roll craft for kids monsters
Photography: Arty Crafty Kids

Keep your little monsters busy with these roar-some monster loo rolls! Pop over to Arty Crafty Kids for the full lowdown on how to bring these cute critters to loo roll life.


3. Cars

Toilet roll craft for kids cars
Photography: A Little Pinch of Perfect

Race over to A Little Pinch of Perfect to find out how to turn your loo rolls into racing rolls! Vroom, vroom!


4. Gift boxes

Toilet roll craft for kids BOX
Photography: Red Ted Art

How purr-fect are these lovely DIY gift boxes by Red Ted Art? Well, we're definitely feline them anyway.


5. Play village

Toilet roll craft for kids village
Photography: Today's Parents

Gather as many roll as possible, and throw in a few kitchen rolls for good measure, before building your very own cardboard village. Head over to Today's Parent for its fun video tutorial.


6. Binoculars

toilet roll craft for kids
Photography: Wiki How

Take a look at this simple but fun craft by Wiki How and then create your very own funky toilet roll binoculars.


7. Spiders

Toilet roll craft for kids spider
Photography: Molly Moo Craft

Kids bugging you for a pet? Well get them to make a webstastic one of their own thanks to this guide by Molly Moo Crafts. We've also got a whole guide to Halloween loo roll crafts if you fancy whipping up some more spooky friends.


8. Snakes

Toilet roll craft for kids SNAKES
Photography: Kiwi Co Corner

You have your spiders, so why not make some slithery mates to join Incy? We're loving these coiled snake crafts by Kiwi Co Corner.


9. Flowers

Toilet roll craft for kids flowers
Photography: DIY & Craft

It's not been easy to get hold of our usual blooms during these socially distanced times, so we think these toilet roll flowers make for a fun alternative. Check out instructions with your budding crafter over at DIY & Craft.


10. Unicorn

toilet roll craft for kids
Photography: Cut Out & Keep

Who would have thought toilet rolls could be so pretty? Add some magic to your rolls by using a printable by Cut Out & Keep, and creating your very own unicorn.


11. Toilet roll bees


Keep your little bees busy turning those loo rolls into super cute bumble bees! Buzz over to Easy Peasy and Fun for the full lowdown, and once you're done don't forget to have a chat with the kids about why bees are so important to the environment.


12. Shark

toilet roll craft
Photography: Gluesticks Gumdrops

Make a big splash with your little nippers thanks to this shark-tastic little number by Gluesticks Gumdrops.


13. Captain Underpants

toilet roll craft
Photography: The Craft Train

You'll definitely be a superhero in the kids' eyes when you bring this Captain Underpants toilet roll craft to the art table. Fly on over to The Craft Train for the full deets.


14. Rainbow windsock

toilet roll craft
Photography: Easy Peasy and Fun

We can't get enough of rainbow crafts so here's an gorgeously colourful one by Easy Peasy and Fun: a rainbow windsock!


15. Bowling game

toilet roll craft for kids
Photography: Craftulate

The bowling alleys might still be closed, but that doesn't mean we can't make our own toilet roll version at home! Bowl over to Craftulate to find out how to roll with your rolls.


16. Castle pencil holder



We love a bit of upcycling, so can't wait to turn our own rolls into cool castle pencil holders. Watch the vid by Doodle & Stitch before whipping up your own mini masterpiece.


17. Star Wars characters

toilet roll craft
Photography: Hey, Wonderful

Young Padawans will definitely be feeling the force when they turn toilet rolls into classic Star Wars characters. This lovely craft by Hey, Wonderful really is, we think, out of this world.


18. Alien hoopla

toilet roll craft
Photography: Tracy Tristram, London for Kidz

We had so much fun making this alien hoopla recently, that we just had to include it in our roundup. We used a cereal box covered in foil for the 'spaceship' base, painted toilet rolls and kitchen rolls to make the aliens, and cut some rings out of cardboard to finish off our crafty little game.


19. The Inside Out gang

toilet roll craft
Photography: Meaningful Mama

We don't know about you, but this lockdown lark has had our emotions whipping around all over the place: weird times for sure. Which is why we think this Inside Out character craft by Meaningful Mama makes for the perfect opp for us to have a chat with the kids about how they're feeling at the mo.


20. Pirate and parrot

toilet roll craft
Photography: Molly Moo Crafts

Ah ha me hearties! Time to roll out the rolls and sink an afternoon in craft galore with this treasure of a toilet roll craft (pictured top) by Molly Moo Crafts.


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Top image credit: The Best Ideas for Kids



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