13 Creative Uses for Used Toilet Paper Rolls

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Toilet paper rolls are as useful as the paper that comes on them. You can make everything with toilet paper rolls from seed pots and compost to bird feeders and even pet toys. Check out these clever uses for toilet paper rolls. Then, invent your own.

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    Seed Pots

    Cut down on your seed-starting costs by making your seed pots out of toilet paper rolls. It's easy and environmentally friendly, too.

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    Protect Seedlings from Cutworms

    Fight cutworms the nonchemical way. A simple collar cut out of a toilet paper roll and tucked around the base of your seedlings will keep cutworms from munching on your young plants.

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    Compost

    Tear toilet paper rolls up into smaller pieces, and add them to your compost pile. In the world of compost, they count as a brown.

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    Bird Feeder

    Coat a toilet paper roll in peanut butter, roll it in birdseed, and you have a classic bird feeder.

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    Tame Cords

    Keep extension cords, Christmas lights, and electronic adapters tidy and tangle-free when they're not in use by winding them up and slipping them inside of a toilet paper roll. You can even make a note on the roll to remind you what the wire is for.

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    Organize Hair Elastics

    Keep your bathroom vanity neat, and your hair elastics easy to find, by slipping them over a toilet paper roll.

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    Store Wrapping Paper

    Tired of having to wind up your wrapping paper again and again? Just cut a slit all the way up one side of a toilet paper roll, and slide the resulting cuff over your wrapping paper to end the problem permanently.

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    Store Kids Artwork

    Roll up any of your kids' art projects that you want to keep, and slip a toilet paper roll over each one. Then, store all of those precious creations upright in a clean wastebasket. Write your child's name and the date on the toilet paper roll, so you won't have to rely on your memory years from now.

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    Fire Starters

    Stuff a toilet paper roll with dryer lint, and you have the perfect fire starter without any cash outlay.

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    Pet Toy

    Skip the pricey pet toys. Hamsters, gerbils, and rabbits all enjoy playing with (and munching on) empty toilet paper rolls. If you don't have any small pets, many animal shelters will accept toilet paper rolls.

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    Gift Wrap

    Use a toilet paper roll to create the perfect box for a small gift. Then, decorate it any way you'd like. You can even create beautiful gift boxes out of toilet paper rolls. In just a few minutes you can make a pillbox, an excellent way to wrap a small item, be it a piece of jewelry, a pin, or money, out of a toilet paper roll.

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    Christmas Crackers

    Have a party coming up? Skip the junky store-bought party favors, and make Christmas crackers, aka party poppers, instead. You can fill them with home-baked treats or trinkets of your choosing.

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    Craft Supplies

    Save your toilet paper rolls, and use them in a craft project. You can transform them into an ​advent calendar, puppets, and so many other fun things.