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Recycled Toilet Roll Flowers

Step-by-step on how to make upcycled toilet roll flowers by recycling cardboard, presented by: Crafty Corner

For any questions contact: Winnie

Throwing the cardboard tube from the inside of a toilet roll might seem insignificant, but as a product that everyone uses daily, I wonder just how many cardboard tubes from the inside of toilet rolls ends up on a landfill site everyday?

The figure must be astronomical, I know my house is full of cardboard toilet roll tubes collected over the last year, stashed away waiting for an upcycle idea to give them a new recycled life.

By reducing what we use, reusing what we do need, upcycling, and recycling something once we have no more use for it, we can all make a small difference to the health of our planet Earth.

recycled flower

What you need to make recycled toilet roll flowers:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Paint brush
  • Construction glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Read through all the instructions first before starting this recycling craft.

Step 1

Gently push down on your recycled toilet rolls, and press to flatten them so that they are easier to cut.

flatten cardboard toilet rolls

Step 2

Take your soon to be upcycled toilet rolls, and cut into strips about 1cm wide. If you have a guillotine, this will make it a bit easier, otherwise use a scissors. These rings will be your flower's petals.

cut recycled toilet roll into strips

Step 3

Place a small piece of double-sided tape, about 1cm long, on one side of each petal. Make sure that you stick the tape in the same place on each petal and near the base, where the recycled cardboard is folded.

double side tape put tape on flower petals

Step 4

Peel off the other side of the double-sided tape, and stick two cardboard petals together. Continue sticking your toilet roll petals together to make an upcycled flower.

peel tape back stick petals together using double-sided tape

Step 5

Once you have completed your recycled toilet roll flower, secure each petal with a small dab of construction glue for extra strength.

dab construction glue on recycled cardboard petal

Step 6

Your upcycled toilet roll flower is now complete. You can use construction glue to stick them to your bathroom wall, or just use a piece of Prestik if you don't want them up permanently.

recycled cardboard flower compelted recycled flowers on wall

TIP:As an added idea, make a whole lot of recycled cardboard tube flowers, and then thread them together to make a mobile!

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