Toilet Paper Roll Race Cars

Create awesome toys out of recycled paper rolls.
My never ending dilemma: to throw or not to throw finished toilet paper rolls has a chance to come to an end finally. Every time I gather few of them and am just about to put it into a recycling bin, thought of reusing them stop me. I have just reused plastic bottles to make Rocket Power Jet Pack so why not starting the next toy project.

At last the foggy idea of D.I.Y. project involving toilet paper tubes became the reality with The Toilet Paper Roll Race Cars with full tutorial here. From now on tons of toilet paper tubes littering our apartment literally would let our girls play in their favourite game “who is the winner” with their favourite Playmobile figures.

These toys are so easy to make that even children would have fun with it. The best moment would be decorating cars with some stickers, paper for decorations, and even brocade to have your own dreamed race car.

Since this great Kifli és levendula blog is in Hungarian we will add some instructions to the photo guide posted there. I think that you would agree that the Toilet Paper Roll Race Cars bring as much fun in making as in playing. If it is so, please DO share it with us!

What you need:


  • Scissors / Craft knife
  • Hole puncher
  • Glue
  • Paint brush

Supplies / ingredients:

  • Toilet paper tube
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cardboard
  • Paper for decorations/stickers (optional)
  • Small prong fasteners/brads

Prepare as many toilet paper tubes as cars you would want to make.

Toilet Paper Roll Race Cars 01


Paint the toilet paper tubes with acrylic paints using a paint brush. While waiting for paint to dry, you can go on to the next step.

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Draw circles on the cardboard – that would be the cars’ wheels, so you need 4 times number of toys you want to make. Don’t forget to draw smaller ones – these would be the steering wheels.
You need to cut them out with scissors and paint as it is shown on the pictures.

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Having all toilet tubes painted and dried you can go on with cutting openings with a craft knife, than fold it over – that would be the front seatback back. You can also paint it and – to hold it in place – use glue dot. Don’t forget to glue on the steering wheel on the opposite side of the opening.

Toilet Paper Roll Race Cars 05


Now all you have to do is fasten wheels using brads, and, the most pleasant part of a job, decorate the cars with stickers/paper for decorations, which make each one unique.

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