13 Genius Ways to Save Money and Get Organized With Toilet Paper Rolls

If you’re a seasoned DIYer, then you already know that toilet paper rolls are one of the very best materials to use for upcycling projects! You wouldn’t believe it, but these versatile, cardboard doo-dads can be repurposed into everything from phone holders to ornaments to hair curlers. Who would have thought?!

Here are 13 of our all-time favorite ways toilet paper rolls have saved us money AND gotten us organized. For full tutorials, be sure to click on the links below.

  1. Organize loose cables

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    Toilet paper rolls serve as a perfect home for the most disastrous cable tangles. Simply separate, coil, label, stick each cable in its own cardboard roll, then place inside a box. You’ll never be stuck searching for that elusive HDMI cord again!

  2. Display a festive DIY wreath

    toilet paper wreathCurbly

    Show off your creativity with this one-of-a-kind Christmas craft. The holiday season has never been so shabby-chic!

  3. Keep your gift wrap under control

    toiletpaperwrappingApartment Therapy

    One simple slice can stop a potential gift wrap unspooling disaster in its tracks. Smart!

  4. Light it up

    toiletpaperfirestarterTammilee Tips

    Listen up, campfire enthusiasts. Don’t get caught spending your hard-earned cash on pricey fire starters when you can make your own from 100% upcycled materials!

  5. Craft your own birthday party decorations

    toiletpaperrollbirthdayCreative Jewish Moms

    What better way to dress up your birthday celebration photos than by displaying these adorable crown table toppers? For a unique table seating hack, just add your guests’ names to the bases of the crowns. Cute!

  6. Plant some seeds

    toilet paper roll seedlingsuseful_things via instructables

    It doesn’t get more eco-friendly than these upcycled toilet paper roll seedling pots.

  7. Dress the tree

    toiletrollornamentsiCreative Ideas

    Don’t settle for those impersonal, store-bought bulbs when you can make these distinctive hat ornaments from a repurposed toilet paper roll. Cool!

  8. Give your phone a home

    toilet paper roll phone holderMaison ZiZou

    If you are one of those people who constantly misplaces their phone, then this is the hack for you! A few cuts—and an eye for color—gives you your very own phone holder. Neat, huh?

  9. Feed those birdies

    toiletpaperbirdfeederGo Grow Go

    Coat that toilet paper roll in smooth peanut butter, dip the stickiness in bird seed, and hang on a branch—pretty soon you’ll have fed a host of high-fliers!

  10. Let the kids in on the fun

    toilet paper bracelet cuffHappy Hooligans

    Half of a toilet paper roll and some decorative duct tape make for the chicest of cuff bracelets. Your kids will love ‘em!

  11. Park the toy cars in a garage

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    Because every toy car enthusiast deserves a garage for their precious 4-wheelers!

  12. Ditch those foam rollers

    toilet paper roll hair curlersMakeupWerables Hairstyles

    The secret to full, sexy beach waves? Toilet paper rolls, of course.

  13. Give your wall a makeover

    toilet paper roll mirorabby contrary

    Add some pizzazz to any wall with this ornate DIY mirror. You won’t be able to find anything like it in a store!

Who knew there were so many uses for old toilet paper rolls?! Now that you know how to upcycle them, we’d love to hear from you! Have you attempted any of these DIYs before? If so, do you have any advice on how to best complete them? Do you have any projects you would like to add to the list?