Household uses for toilet paper rolls

Lifehacker recently posted a fun article that included a tangle-free cord container made from a toilet paper roll. You just bundle up your cords in neat loops and stuff them into paper towel or toilet paper tubes. What else can you do with toilet paper rolls? I found craft ideas galore and seed-starting pots at Mother Earth News. Cut toilet paper tubes in half and put a cluster of them on a tray. Fill the tubes with dirt, seeds, water, love, and patience. Plant them in the earth when the seedlings are ready.

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cordtube_smLifehacker recently posted a fun article that included a tangle-free cord container made from a toilet paper roll. You just bundle up your cords in neat loops and stuff them into toilet paper tubes. I like the idea of reusing toilet paper rolls. I always have a few rolls lying around and I happened to inherit a pile of cords. Who knew that toilet paper rolls could help me tame my spaghetti cords?

 tangle

While I’m showing my dirty laundry (the cord pile), I should probably come clean and admit that while I’m computer savvy, I’m not cord savvy. I didn’t take Cords 101 in college. I don’t know what most of these cords are for.

My just in case mentality keeps me from donating these cords. Because you just never know when you might need a cord. However, the next time I encounter a ‘cord expert,’ I hope to get their help with labeling and purging this pile. “And what’s this one for? And this one.” I should be able to purge a few of these lovelies.

In the meantime, I was able to clean up some of the small thin cords. Some of the thicker, bulkier cords simply wouldn’t fit inside the tube – despite my best efforts.

tidy 

seedstarting

What else can you do with toilet paper rolls? I found seed-starting pots at Mother Earth News. Cut toilet paper tubes in half and put a cluster of them on a tray. Fill the tubes with dirt, seeds, water, love, and patience. Then plant them in the earth when the seedlings are ready. Here’s a more detailed guide.

And finally, there are many kid’s craft ideas online. Or keep things simple. Save a bunch of tubes and maybe a couple small cardboard boxes. Now kick back and let your kids dream up something cool.

What do you do with your toilet paper rolls? Please post a Comment.

Author: Kate

I'm a writer interested in photography, philosophy, bikes and simplicity.

One thought on “Household uses for toilet paper rolls”

  1. Ingenious! I have never once done anything with a toilet paper roll, or ever even thought about it.

    I’m sure kids could think of a lot of things.

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