Build & Play DIY Stacking Toy Made from Cardboard Rolls

Use leftover empty toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls to make this cardboard roll city making it the most frugal of crafts for home crafting! Building cardboard roll city blocks is the perfect make and play craft with limitless stacking possibilities. This cardboard tube craft is great to promote pretend play and fun for preschoolers, toddlers, and even kindergarteners. This paper roll craft works well at home or in the classroom.

toilet roll crafts - finished paper roll city with blocks painted in white, red and blue and LEGO minifigures exploring the city with clouds in the background
Let’s make this cute paper towel tube craft!

Paper Roll Craft Building Set

I love toilet paper roll and paper towel roll crafts — anything that lets me recycle and reuse is my favorite kind of craft. And this paper roll craft is one of my favorites!

Not only is it fun to make, but it promotes pretend play. Plus you can make this toilet paper roll city as small or as big as you want! Plus, it is an easy craft, as well as a fun craft, that your kids will love. Younger kids may need a little assistance with this craft.

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Need More Paper tubes for Crafting?

Don’t have extra toilet paper tubes? You can easily use wrapping paper tubes and paper towel tubes, just cut the cardboard tubes down. You can even buy craft rolls for crafting on Amazon!

Supplies Needed For This City Toilet Paper Roll Craft

How To Make This Toilet Paper Roll Craft City

This craft is super simple to make!

Step 1

Start by making four slits at each end of the paper rolls. You don’t them about half an inch or so. 

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Step 2

Then paint! Make stripes to make windows or paint the whole toilet paper tube and paint white windows! You can make them realistic or you can paint them any color! This city is yours.

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Step 3

And stack! … in each and every combination you can think of. Make a house, a tower, a building, a skyscraper! This city is yours to mold.

Our Experience Making This Craft Roll City

Why not mix toilet paper rolls and kitchen paper tubes for oodles more building options. Paper towel rolls will be great for skyscrapers and taller buildings.

Get the miniatures out for a world of imaginative play. Don’t have any miniatures? That’s okay! These work the best!

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Toilet Roll Crafts: City Build & Play DIY Stacking Toy

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This Toilet Roll City is the most frugal of crafts for home crafting – the perfect make and play craft, with limitless stacking possibilities.

Materials

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paint

Tools

  • Paint Brushes
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Start by making four slits at each end of the paper rolls. You don’t them about half an inch or so. 
  2. Then paint! Make stripes to make windows or paint the whole toilet paper tube and paint white windows! You can make them realistic or you can paint them any color! This city is yours.
  3. And stack! … in each and every combination you can think of. Make a house, a tower, a building, a skyscraper! This city is yours to mold.

Notes

Why not mix toilet paper rolls and kitchen paper tubes for oodles more building options. Paper towel rolls will be great for skyscrapers and taller buildings.

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You absolutely have no option but to start hoarding toilet paper rolls right now!

Did you try making this toilet paper roll craft? How did it turn out? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.

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