Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

One of the easiest toilet paper roll crafts is this Santa Christmas ornament.

This dates back to even before recycling, upcycling and repurposing were the thing to do.

 I made a version of this 40 years ago as a Christmas gift. Oh, there I go again, letting people know that I am from prehistoric times. Forget I said that. I couldn't possibly be THAT old!

Age: 6 and up

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 2 out of 5

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Supplies:

  • Toilet paper tube
  • Red felt (about a 7 inch square) for hat, or substitute red tissue paper or gift wrap
  • small paint brush if using tissue paper or gift wrap for hat
  • White glue
  • Fabric glue or sewing needle and red thread
  • 3-4 large cotton ball pieces from a pill container
  • Scissors
  • Felt pens in black, fleshtone, dark pink and blue
  • metal ornament hook


Draw the beard on to the cardboard tube. Go up at the sides and cut a U shape. At the back cut across, about an inch up from the bottom.

One inch down from the top, draw a circle with a pencil, where the face will be. Draw in the moustache about 1/2 an inch up from the bottom of the circle. Add a bottom lip.

Use a flesh color or light pink felt pen and color in the face. Don't color over where the moustache will go.

Draw in the eyes and nose with black felt pen. Color in the eyes. Use dark pink to color in the bottom lip.

Add eyebrows by using small pieces of cotton ball. Twist and shape. Trim with scissors if necessary.

Gently stretch and shape a piece of cotton for the beard and hair on the Santa. Glue.

The amount you use will depend on how long you want the hair and beard to be. That is all up to you.

Cut a piece of red felt into a square about 6 inches across. Fold over diagonally and use fabric glue or hand sew the edge. Cut across the bottom to square it up. If you have put a lot of hair on your santa you may have to make the hat a little bigger around. Measure to check and see before cutting the felt.

This is one of the toilet paper crafts that doesn't use much for craft supplies. If you don't have red felt on hand, just change it up a little. Substitute the felt for red tissue paper or even wrapping paper. Using paper instead of felt material may also be easier for some children to handle. It can be crumpled and worked with to come up with an interesting look. To add some stiffness to the paper it can be coated with a couple layers of white glue, watered down slightly.

Kids should be encouraged to dig through the recycle bin when they make their toilet paper roll crafts, to see what they can use. It is interesting to see what ideas they can come up with. They can be very resourceful and have a great imagination. These instructions for toilet paper roll crafts are just a general guideline. No need to follow the rules on this one. Just have fun!

When the hat has been constructed and has dried, pull down over the hair slightly and glue in place.

Hook a metal ornament hook through the hat on the Santa. Now he can hang on the Christmas tree.

What other toilet paper roll crafts can you come up with? How about an elf or maybe Mrs. Santa Claus?

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