Wow what a year it has been, living through a pandemic. For many, it put us in a bubble making us only able to socialize or spend time with our immediate families and people we live with. Many families have been forced to homeschool and work from home. I’m sure many took a hit financially too. Parents were expected to think out of the box when it came to remote learning and finding patience and ideas to keep their children engaged and interactive with learning. And what about that toilet paper issue? Did you run out? Did you stock up? What did you do with all of those toilet paper rolls? Did you save them, reuse, recycle, repurpose?
Well let me tell you, I think my son was ready to call the psych ward on me! I hung a reusable bag on the back of the bathroom door and insisted he deposited every used toilet paper roll into this bag, and this went for paper towel rolls too. I found myself huffing and puffing if I found a paper roll in the trash. I actually pulled them out and put them in their proper place in the bag on the back of the door.
Why might you ask was this lady so crazed about saving these toilet paper rolls? Well, of course we live in a time of intense recycle, reuse, repurpose, save the earth, help the planet……
But my purpose was one word CRAFTS!
If you have ever spent time in a kindergarten class you would understand the value of these simple little cardboard tubes. Kids are enthralled by them. They look through the tube like a pirate stalking his landlubbers, they roll them around like odd shaped balls, and they even use them to make adorable simple gifts for special people in their lives during the holidays.
So next time you’re ending a roll and onto the next, take a second and save the tube. Don’t throw it into the trash to be disintegrated at the landfill. Put a little bag somewhere discreet and collect the tubes. You’ll be amazed at how fast they accumulate.
While you’re sitting there on the throne with your phone, thinking about these cardboard creative pieces, take a second and do a little online search. You will be amazed at all of the ideas out there using these often discarded little tubes. I’ve seen all types of animals, wall flower hangings, desktop pencil holders and even tiny twinkle lanterns!
These are simple, low cost creative crafts you can do with your kiddos with supplies you most likely already have in your home. So next time you find yourself at the end of your roll SAVE THE ROLL!