Cardboard Roll Flowers

Since I’ve had kids, I have been collecting empty toilet rolls as if my life depended on them. My life didn’t depend on them but I assumed my sanity would because one day they would be used for craft. We’ve made many toilet roll crafts over the years and if you search on Pinterest, you will find hundreds of ways to turn the humble empty toilet roll into a work of art.

Being school holidays, and having an accumulated collection of empty toilet rolls that needed to be used up, I got the girls to work in creating these fabulous Toilet Roll Flowers. This activity kept my three year old and five year old entertained for a couple of hours in the morning. They decorated the flowers two ways: with washi tape and paint. Adult help was needed to puncture the skewer through the toilet roll for the stem, and cutting the petals, but the decorating was all up to my kids. It was a lovely morning working together to create blooms for the house.

What You’ll Need

  • Scissors
  • Toilet Rolls
  • Washi Tape
  • Paint brush and paint
  • Wooden Skewers

toilet roll craft materials


  1. Cut equal strips into the end of the toilet roll approximately 3 cm deep and keep each cut relatively the same length.

toilet roll flowers craft

2. Fold back each cut piece to create the petals for the flower.

toilet roll flower craft

3. Turn the roll with the petals facing outward ready to be decorated.

toilet roll flower

4. Use washi tape to tape over each petal.

toilet roll craft washi tape

5. Choose different patterned washi tapes to create a visually appealing flower.

toilet roll craft washi tape


toilet roll flower

6. Once the petals have been covered with tape, get an adult to poke a wooden skewer through the bottom of the toilet roll. You may like to place some glue tack at the top of the skewer so if fastens neatly into the top of the inner edge of the toilet roll.

toilet roll flower

7. Make a few flowers to create a bouquet.

toilet roll flowers

8. Place your toilet roll flowers in a vase or milk bottle to put on display.

toilet roll flowers craft

If you don’t have washi tape, get the kids to paint the petals instead.

toilet roll flower paint


toilet roll flower


toilet roll flower


toilet roll flowers


toilet roll flowers

These flowers make a great decoration around the house and can be used as a Mother’s Day craft to decorate the dining table.


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  • Reply
    April 5, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Great idea!!! I used to collect our toilet rolls for the junk craft box at my kids school- only to be told they aren’t allowed to use them anymore! I love the idea of making these- might get my kids to make some ready for Mothers Day next month!

  • Reply
    April 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    What a great idea to use up all the toilet roll my daughter has collected, I am not allowed to throw them away and the cupboard is full of them! It also includes her love of sticky tape and painting, she’ll totally love this activity! I think the Nannies will love a bunch of these for Mother’s Day.

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