Toilet Paper Tube Snowflake Ornaments

I love a free project – especially one that saves something from a landfill and adds some sparkle to my home! These snowflakes are made with old toilet paper tubes and are simple to make.  So simple, in fact, that a group of my students were able to easily make them, and give them as gifts to their parents for the holiday and Christmas season.

This would be a great project to have students make as a gift for their parents for Christmas. You could even glue a photo of the child to the inside!

Supplies Needed

  • toliet paper or paper towel tubes
  • school glue
  • tacky glue or hot glue
  • glitter

First, collect up some empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes.  One toilet paper tube will make one snowflake.

Next, crease the tube down flat, and cut it into 6 strips about 1/2 inch thick.

Use quick-drying tacky glue, or hot glue, to glue the points of the tube to one another, forming the snowflake shape.  (Because tacky glue takes a bit to dry, I’d recommend completing this step, and then letting it dry before assembling the other pieces.  Hot glue will allow the pieces to stick together right away, which will speed up the crafting process!)

Use the leftover amount of tube to cut 6 thin strips, about 1/4 inch thick, and fold each of those pieces in half.

This is totally a holiday craft that kids could make, and even give as gifts. Such a great way to reuse old toilet paper tubes! DIY snowflake ornaments using old cardboard tubes via Refresh Living

Use school glue to paint some glue on the outside edge of the pieces.  You’ll do the same for the large snowflake as well.

This is totally a holiday craft that kids could make, and even give as gifts. Such a great way to reuse old toilet paper tubes! DIY snowflake ornaments using old cardboard tubes via Refresh Living

Dump glitter over the areas with glue and let it dry.

This is totally a holiday craft that kids could make, and even give as gifts. Such a great way to reuse old toilet paper tubes! DIY snowflake ornaments using old cardboard tubes via Refresh Living

Who would have thought cardboard tubes could look so pretty!  I’ve only made this design, but you could get creative on the types of snowflakes you make.

Wouldn’t this be a great craft project to have older kids make in their classroom as a gift for their parents?  I made them with a group of 6th graders and they had a lot of fun with it.  Having taught 5th grade, too, makes me think that they’d be successful with creating them as well.  You could even have the students glue a picture to the center of the snowflake to personalize it!

This is totally a holiday craft that kids could make, and even give as gifts. Such a great way to reuse old toilet paper tubes! DIY snowflake ornaments using old cardboard tubes via Refresh Living

You could use these as DIY ornaments, make a garland out of them, hang them in your windows, or use them as little stocking ornaments.  Plus, I’m sure all you creative folks out there can think of a ton of other ways to use these to decorate for the holidays!

This is totally a holiday craft that kids could make, and even give as gifts. Such a great way to reuse old toilet paper tubes! DIY snowflake ornaments using old cardboard tubes via Refresh Living

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This is totally a holiday craft that kids could make, and even give as gifts. Such a great way to reuse old toilet paper tubes! DIY snowflake ornaments using old cardboard tubes via Refresh Living

 

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16 thoughts on “Toilet Paper Tube Snowflake Ornaments

  1. I made this and they are very adorable. One suggestion though. Try putting a little bell in the center. Fills in that hole and really sets the whole thing off.

  2. Just found this upcycle craft and love it. Started to make it and just wonder about the bigger snowflake. It reads “next, crease the tube down flat, and cut 6 strips about half and inch thick.” Okay, I have to ask, this does mean 1 1/2″ thick, correct? It seemed rather big to me for the base of the snowflake and just want to confirm. Looking forward to making these, thank you!

    1. Hi! Thanks for the question, and it made me notice that I typed that instruction incorrectly. It should say to cut the strips about a half (1/2) inch thick. Yes, I think 1 1/2 would be a little too thick too! Thanks for the question – I’m off to change that in the post now.

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