I like crafting with things that I already have in my house. Who doesn’t like saving some money, eh? And I love it more when the result is pretty awesome. My latest quirk is collecting toilet paper rolls or paper towels rolls. Always thought the cardboard they use is perfect to make things. I do throw some away, can’t save them all, and I know I’ll have more in no time if by some weird reason I NEED more than I already have, ASAP. Here is what I figured I could do with toilet paper rolls.
1. Fairy houses
Apparently you can make fairy houses out of everything, but this could be cheap too. I found some Felted Fairy Houses on Etsy, and they seem pretty easy if you know how to handle felt. Their base is from a toilet paper roll, in which they cut windows, glued some felt on, and added the conic rooftop, that can easily be made with felt around another roll. Add cute flowers, cut the windows in the felt, and add a door, and there you have it. You can easily just paint on the roll, and you get the much cheaper version of it. I also made a Fairy Well, here is a tutorial on how to make one and how I used the rolls.
2. Toys for children
Or just cute ornaments with different characters that your kid can play with, or trains, or airplanes, basically, you can paint something and add some small features and make your kid happy for a few days. First chance I get I’m going to take my toddler and make us some friends. He’ll enjoy spending time with mommy and making some crafts like mommy does all day. You can find some of these ideas here. They really do seem easy to make and worth it, seeing you don’t waste precious materials, but still end up doing something that looks very cute.
3. Storage units
For small objects, pens, cables, and if you are a handyman, for screws and nails in different sizes and forms. It can’t get easier to find the pen you’re looking for faster if you have them organized in this clever way. Just stack them together, glued or put in a box, painted, or not, decorated or not, it will be an useful tool that will help keep your desk or drawers in order.
Photo credit here
So now, I’m getting all excited to make some of this ideas, I know my toddler will love the funny characters I could make, or a tiny airplane. But I’m still thinking on saving some rolls to make a fairy house, my roof is going to be from a coconut shell, cuz I found so many cool ideas for coconuts in my previous post, here.