DIY: Toilet Paper Roll Scrapbook

Do you want to create a scrapbook for someone, but short on time to decorate and populate a large one? Don’t want to dish out money for a small photo album? Feeling crafty because you have tons of toilet paper, towel paper, or gift wrapping cardboard tubes? Well I got the DIY for you!

I was trying to think of what to give my sister for our sisterly holiday, and then I realized “I wonder if she has any pictures of us when we were kids?” At first I wanted to initially scan some old photos and then put it in an album, but there was too much funny commentary in my head going on that I wanted to share.

All the supplies I needed were:

  • cardboard
  • cardstock
  • 6 toilet paper rolls, flattened (I actually cut up a long gift wrapping paper tube)
  • ribbons
  • scrapbook paper
  • stationary paper
  • old magazines (to cut out letters and decor)
  • stickers
  • glue (I ended up using rubber cement to paste my photos)
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • photos

Here is a nice and short tutorial to give you an idea of how to make one:

Here’s some photos of what I made:

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Figure 1. Cover of my mini scrapbook made with some extra stationary paper I had around the house, cardboard, and binded with a few ribbons.

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Figure 2. First page! Just an extremely simple layout: A photo and a little embellishment with scrapbook paper in the background.

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Figure 3. Back cover where I made a paper pocket to keep notes for my sis.

My TP mini scrapbook album is pretty simple, and I don’t have any cool tools like that double sided tape or cutting machine. However, it was a lot of fun trying out this hobby. You can YouTube for more beautiful and intricate albums, however below is one of my favorites, which is also very simple. It also shows you all the possible space you have for photo mounts on the pages and tabs that are kept within the flatten tubes.

I hope you enjoy this recycling project as much as I did!


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