You can visit a craft store to buy materials for your new creative projects, but free art supplies are even better. Stop throwing away the cardboard tubes that can be found inside your toilet paper, paper towels, aluminum foil or wrapping paper. When recycling takes an artsy turn, all you need is your imagination and some simple materials.
A pair of scissors, paint and glue are the basics. If you have any leftover fabric, colored wrapping paper, buttons, tassels, yarn, old nail polish, ribbons or wires in your house, there will much more you can make.
The following ideas will give a second life to your cardboard tubes:
Cut a round bottom out of cardboard, glue it to the tube, paint it, decorate it and you have storage for small items. If you want to store items in wall mounted holders, glue a number of cardboard tubes together and mount them on a wall. This is a great way to store your art supplies, office materials, pens and pencils or makeup.
Cut tubes in 2-inch pieces, paint these, add seasonal embellishments, seashells or rhinestones and you’ll have crafty one-of-a-kind napkin holders.
Start your garden with seedlings grown in half of a toilet paper tube. Simply add a round bottom part out of sturdy cardboard, fill it with soil and a couple of seeds, then water.
Make birds happy and cover a paper tube with peanut butter, roll it in birdseed and hang it outside on a string.
Paper tubes make great gift holders! Decorate them with paint, wrap yarns or ribbons, embellish with found objects, insert a gift and pinch both ends and tape to close.
To keep the tops of tall boots from flopping over and developing ugly creases, insert cardboard mailing tubes into them to help them hold their shape.
Puppets and More
Stage your own variety show with cardboard tube puppets. Cardboard animals, airplanes or race cars are great crafts to do with your kids.
The possibilities are many with recycled tubes; use your imagination and see how many more items you can create.
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Cardboard Tube Crafts; Free Kids Crafts; Accessed May 4, 2015.