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Cardboard Tube Crafts – 6 Clever Ways to Reuse Vinyl Cardboard Tubes

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If you have tons of leftover cardboard tubes in your craft room like me then you will love these six brilliant cardboard tube crafts!

I’ve seen so many crafters ask for ideas to repurpose their cardboard tubes leftover from empty craft vinyl rolls – some of you have bins full of them (guilty as charged). Today I am sharing my ideas to recycle the tubes into something fabulous!

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6 Crafts to Reuse Cardboard Tubes

Cardboard tube crafts - If you have tons of leftover cardboard tubes in your craft room like me you might be wondering how to repurpose them! Check out these 6 clever ideas to repurpose left over cardboard tubes for organization, decor and gifts!

1. DIY Craft Vinyl Holder

Cardboard vinyl tube crafts.

This idea, a vinyl roll holder from your empty vinyl rolls, is my favorite because it’s kinda like the chicken and the egg theory, where one comes from the other. Easily reuse any vinyl rolls to hold existing vinyl! I like to cut my cardboard tubes in half with a xacto knife and then cover them in pretty scrapbooking paper.

To finish off, hot glue the tubes together and add some baker’s twine to hang up in your craft space! See how I do it here in the video!

DIY vinyl roll holder with cardboard tubes.

2. Cord Keeper

Cord keeper with cardboard tubes

In my craft room, I have an entire drawer of unorganized cords that get tangled all the time. Using cardboard tubes cut in half as a cord keeper really saves the hassle of messy drawer wires. I used washi tape to decorate and make them colorful of course! See how I decorate the cord keepers in my video here.

3. Desk/Pen Organizer

Desk and pen organizer from cardboard tubes.

Who couldn’t use a pen, scissor and pencil organizers?! I used the cardboard tubes to craft a pen holder for my desk and covered each tube with scrapbooking paper. The base is a circle of chipboard and paper to decorate. See how I make it here in my video.

4. Hair Bow Organizer

Hair bow and accessories holder made from cardboard tubes.

This idea is the cutest one of all! My daughter has A LOT of hair bows and scrunchies so I thought how about a hair accessory holder? I used five cardboard tubes, faux glitter leather, beads, and bakers twine to create this. See how I did it here in the video at the end!

5. DIY Napkin Rings

Napkin rings are a super-easy way to dress up a table at a special event or holiday. Usually, I cannot easily find what I am looking for, and if I do they are quite expensive. I decided to cut my cardboard tubes down to about 1.5 inches thick and cover them in pretty fabric. I also add some decorative iron-on vinyl as well with my Easypress Mini to make them pop! See how to make these napkin rings in my video here.

6. Christmas Candy Gift Holder

Lastly, cardboard tubes can be easily used as a means of gifting candy or other small items at Christmas time! I like to fill mine with candy, wrap them in tissue paper, then tie the ends off with ribbons – voila perfect stocking stuffers! Check out how I keep the candy inside by watching the video.

I’d love to see your ideas for repurposing cardboard tubes into crafts or organizational items, so be sure to join my community here and show off your talent!

If you have any questions after watching the video please leave me a comment below!

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