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I use the empty tubes from inside toilet paper rolls to keep my money in so it won't fall out every time I open my wallet. Also, you can put your important paperwork inside the larger ones that come in paper towels, then mark them accordingly, flatten them, and keep them in a drawer or file cabinet.
By patricia from Philadelphia, PA
Store taper candles inside empty paper towel tubes.
When traveling, store pantyhose in an empty paper towel tube to keep them from snagging.
You can also store hair ties around empty cardboard toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes, and store small barrettes on the inside of the tube. Place tape over the end to keep them secure.
Paper Towel tubes can also be used to store crochet hooks, knitting needles, and started small projects so they don't unravel, cross-stitch projects, craft instructions, paint brushes, etc.
By Ron from Cortez, CO
I've always had a problem with critters eating my sunflowers (and other young flowers) after I plant the seedlings out into the garden. This year I'm protecting them with paper towel tubes or even wrapping paper tubes for taller seedlings and TP tubes for smaller ones.
Upcycle a cardboard tube into one of these handy yarn organizers. You can use a different one for different colors of yarn to keep everything convenient for the project at hand.
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We just went through getting painted (what a job) three bedrooms, two and one half baths, kitchen, etc. We used an enormous amount of Bounty towels in the clean-up process. For some reason I saved all the tubes off the towels, why I don't know.
But I knew if I asked my Thrifty Fun friends, I would get some good ideas as to what they can be used for. I hate to throw things out, part of my problem. Thanks for any and all suggestions. Take good care.
By LINDA from New York City
What about filling them with the plastic bags from the grocer and stashing them in the car and in with gardening supplies. (07/02/2009)
I thought this was a cool project using paper towel tubes:
They are good for storing your necklaces when you travel, or just at home if you don't have anywhere else to put them. Just thread one end of the necklace through, and clasp it shut. You can also cut them in half and do the same with bracelets as well. (07/03/2009)
Some ways I use them are; slice a line through one side and cap over wire clothes hangers to help slacks not get creases. Fill them with lint from your dryer for easy fire starters when camping. All of those rubber bands can go around them. Roll up your favorite magazine and slide inside to be able to store easier when your in your car waiting or doctors office etc. 2 taped together make cute play binoculars for kids.
Give them to a daycare. The teachers are always needing paper towel rolls for crafts. (07/05/2009)
By Teresa Tart
How about using them as a place to store electrical cords like extension cords and laptop computer cords, etc.? (07/05/2009)
By Barbara Pope
I slice down the side and then slip them over rolls of wrapping paper so I don't have to use tape to keep the paper from unrolling and getting messed up. (07/06/2009)
And if none of those ideas suit you, you can always compost them. (07/06/2009)
Paper towel tubes work very well to extend the reach of your vacuum: one end in the vacuum, the other probing into those hard-to-reach places.
You can also use them to store fabric, if you're a seamstress or tailor.
If you can't think of anything to do with your paper towel tubes, though, you can always Freecycle them. (07/09/2009)
You can always donate them to a daycare or school for art projects. I always gave my empty powdered formula cans to my sons school and they appreciated it. (07/10/2009)
I use mine for stuffing the rag dolls I make. Simply insert the tube into the opening and put the stuffing through the tube. It helps in those hard to get places such as the legs and the arms. (07/30/2010)
By Sue Hinely
I reuse paper towels, but not usually with another food product. Great for spills and other accidents.
They can also be used:
By Dianna M.
Wow! I never gave thought to all of these uses. I especially like putting them on hangers for pants and over the wrapping paper roll.
Great tips! (07/30/2010)
When I change out silk flower arrangements around the house, I fasten a vase worth ends with a rubber band or twister and then insert into the towel tube, which then can be stored upright in a box with the rest. You pull out the tube of flowers you want to use and all stays neat and uncrushed. (07/30/2010)
By Grandma J
I have a big mug that I use for a pencil holder on my desk. I cut a paper towel tube into short sections and put as many sections as possible into the mug to keep the pencils standing upright. It seems like more pencils fit in the mug and I can separate the pens from the pencils and the "etc." that end up in it. (07/30/2010)