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Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies

By: Pamela Vanness for FaveCrafts
Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies
Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies
This image courtesy of Pamela Vanness

It's finally time to put all those toilet paper rolls to use! Great for decorating your bathroom or living room, these Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies are a fun and thrifty way to use up those cardboard tubes. Arrange them into butterflies of various sizes and create a stunning wall display that won't cost you more than a few bucks to make! This is a fun way to add dimension, color, and style to any wall in your home, and everyone is sure to be impressed with your amazing artistic talent!

Primary Technique: Green Crafting

Occasion/Theme: Spring





  1. Cut 35 toilet paper rolls into 3rds, approximately 100.
  2. Craft paint desired colors and allow to dry.
  3. Lay out painted rolls into desired shape and hot glue at all touching side of rolls, ( Med Size glue dot ).
  4. In well ventilated area , spray Krylon ColorMaster Acrylic Crystal Clear (Gloss ) Allow to dry at least 10 min.
  5. Cut fuzzy pipe cleaners into desired length for antennas and tail Hot glue into place.



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What a great way to use up all those toilet paper rolls that would otherwise be thrown away and end up in a landfill. I love that you can make a butterfly out of the simple oval shape of the tube when you cut them into pieces. I have seen people who made a gate once from these tubes, it is amazing what you can create with small cardboard ovals.

This is so cute! I love using things around the house to create pretty things like this. I do not have a lot of things on my walls, and I think this would look so cute in my living room. It will take quite a while to save up enough toilet paper rolls to make this. I better get started!

This is such a cute idea for a kids room a fun weekend project that they can display on their walls!

I like the look of this project but cannot envision how to achieve it from the directions. Are the rounds glued together by the edges? How big is the butterfly when it's finished? What are the craft sticks used for? I'd like to see clearer instructions.

The finished project all depends on how many circles you use, the top picture butterfly was approx. 24in by 23in , lay out design and I started with center body, the glue is placed where it will attach the next, halfway down on circle, u can paint in multiple colors before or spray one color,the whole butterfly when finised . If you need more directions...plz respond back....I will help


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