That's the Whole Point-settia Posted on 24 Dec 16:05

After seeing this crafty idea floating around Pinterest for a couple of years, it was finally time to give it a try. Toilet paper roll ornaments and gift tags sound rudimentary I know, but that means it's an easy holiday craft the kids will likely enjoy creating. The real question for me became will I even like the finished product? Will it just look like painted cardboard in the end?


Here's what you’ll need:

  • Depending on how many projects you plan to do, save a couple of toilet paper roll tubes or even paper towel roll tubes
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Glue, I used a hot glue gun
  • Glitter
  • 2 paper bowls
  • Ribbon to hang ornament or to attach it to a gift


First measure, mark and cut toilet paper tubes into sections. It is easier to cut the cardboard after you flatten the tube.

Toilet Paper Roll

Toilet Paper Roll

Next paint the inside and outside of the the cut sections. We decided to make a snowflake and a poinsettia flower. Because this craft is kid-friendly, we asked a Jonah, age 6, to come in and help.

Toilet Paper Roll

Toilet Paper Roll

Time for glitter! We put a 50/50 white all purpose glue and water mixture into one bowl, and then some glitter options in the other bowls. This way you could just dip pieces, instead of having to paint them with glue.


Once the pieces dry, arrange them into the shape you want and glue them together.

Toilet Paper Roll

Toilet Paper Roll


After the designs dry, add some ribbon to hang them from the tree or to attach them to a gift.


I didn't love the snowflake because it did, in fact, remind me of painted toilet paper rolls, but I adore the poinsettia!  I've seen some very detailed snowflakes online that do look pretty amazing, so I'm guessing that more time and effort would produce more unique and detailed results. Jonah had a lot of fun with this project; he could have kept glitter-dipping all day, a boy after my own heart!