Recycle the fun this holiday season

Imagine how many empty toilet paper rolls are tossed after we’re done with them. The life of a toilet paper roll doesn’t have to end when all the toilet paper is used — the possibilities can be endless. This holiday season, grab the kiddos and start bringing those possibilities to life.

Not only are these toilet paper roll kids crafts a fun way to celebrate the holidays, but they’re a great lesson for kids on the importance of recycling.

Once you’ve made your snowflakes from the video tutorial above, try your hand at these other fun kids crafts, all made with the leftover cardboard you otherwise would have just tossed. Who knew toilet paper could be so crafty?

Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin


  • Toilet paper roll
  • Orange tissue paper
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Pen or pencil
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors

1. Cut your cardboard tube into smaller segments.

2. Cut out a circle from the orange tissue paper and place the cardboard tube in the center.

3. Fold up all the sides of the tissue paper around the cardboard tube.

4. Twist the tissue paper at the top to secure it. This becomes the stem for the pumpkin.

5. Twist a green pipe cleaner around the stem. Use a pencil or thin marker to make spirals with the pipe cleaner.

6. Glue eyes on your pumpkin.

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey


  • Toilet paper roll
  • Red, yellow, and orange construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue 
  • Scissors

1. Cut feather shapes out of construction paper. You'll need 2-3 feathers of each color.

2. Cut a small triangle out of orange construction paper for a beak.

3. Cut a small peanut shape out of red construction paper for a waddle.

4. Cut two feet out of orange construction paper.

5. Glue the feathers onto the back of the toilet paper roll.

6. Glue the eyes, beak, waddle, and feet to the front of the toilet paper roll.

Toilet Paper Roll Snowman


  • Toilet paper roll
  • White paint
  • Red pipe cleaner
  • Pom poms or cotton balls
  • Orange construction paper
  • Red ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Googly eyes

1. Paint the toilet paper roll white.

2. Make the earmuffs by gluing the pipe cleaner over the top. Glue two medium sized white pom poms or cotton balls to the side.

3. Cut out a carrot nose from orange paper and glue down.

4. Cut out a strip for the scarf and then wrap around the paper roll and glue down.

5. Glue on two black buttons and googly eyes.

SAWS knows a thing about recycling

Just like you recycle cardboard, paper, plastic, and other materials, SAWS recycles water. At the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, SAWS takes our used water and treats it, so it’s safe to use as recycled water across the city at places like golf courses, parks, and the River Walk. This innovative method helps us save more drinking water for the generations to come.