Young kids don’t need toys to keep them entertained, as you probably learned after your first Christmas when you purchased hundred of dollars of toys, only to have them be happy with the torn up wrapping paper and boxes. Now that you know how easy (and inexpensive) it can really be to entertain your kids, you can put that knowledge to good use by crafting with something you probably have lying around your house already: cardboard paper rolls. You know, the ones you find in the middle of your toilet paper and paper towels? Those are the ones! We’ve collected a bunch of crafts that you can use to keep your kiddos happy and crafty, as well as recycling those cardboard tubes! And good news, we’ve found just as many kid crafts as adult ones, so there’s a little something for everyone.



1. Bird Feeder

I just love the idea of using your paper rolls for the good of cute birdies outside your home. This is a great craft that young children can participate in and be able to see the results as they watch birds come for a snack. All you need are toilet paper rolls, peanut butter and bird seed. Cover the roll in peanut butter then sprinkle the bird seed on, and then hang outside your window. Then just sit back and enjoy the show!

Check out for the full tutorial on making your own bird feeder and tons of other DIY crafts and recipes.



2. Flying Fish

Even though your paper rolls aren’t very pleasing to the eye, you can easily dress them up for a bright pop of outdoor decoration for your patio. These flying carp are gorgeous, and you’d never think there were cardboard tubes hiding under there. You will need several paper rolls, tissue paper, a marker, scissors, white paper and some thread or yarn for hanging. This is probably a craft for an older child, or a very patient one, but it’s worth it!

Head over to for the entire tutorial! She also has more DIY projects and tons of printable!



3. Pillow Box

This is a great craft for kids or even mamas. These pillow boxes are great to store little treasures inside, or for wrapping up a gift card with a little pizazz. All you need are empty toilet paper rolls, a little craft paper and a glue stick. You can tie it all together with some thread and you’ve got a cute little box to store whatever your heart desires. has the complete how-to for this easy craft, along with TONS of other cleaning, holiday and gardening tips and ideas.

Karly Wood

Karly Wood

Editor at Red Tricycle
I'm a born and bred Southern California native and currently the editor of Life As Mama and a writer for Red Tricycle . I get to share my life with my husband of 13 years and our beautiful, 5-year old daughter. In my free time you'll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV!

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