Cardboard Roll Album

by Areli Johnson

Upcycle cardboard rolls into this cute mini album.


  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Bone folder
  • Adhesive (double sided tape, tape runner and glue dots used here)
  • Acrylic paint (Craft Smart Espresso used here)
  • Foam brush
  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso used here)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Crop-A-Dile
  • Eyelets
  • Binder ring - 1 1/2”
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stamps for background stamping (Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Basics Stamp Set used here); ink pads (Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso and So Saffron used here); embellishments (flowers and leaves cut from Stampin Up’s Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and adhesive pearls used here); sponge; corner punch (Stampin’ Up! Curvy Corner Trio punch used here)


  1. Step 1

    Use a bone folder to flatten the cardboard roll.

  2. Step 2

    Use 2” of double sided tape to close one end of the roll.

  3. Step 3

    Use a foam brush to apply acrylic paint to the outside of the roll. Set aside to dry.

  4. Step 4

    Use a paper trimmer to cut two pieces of cardstock measuring 4” x 2 1/2 ‘’.

  5. Stamp and embellish the pieces as desired.

  6. Step 5

    Adhere the cardstock pieces to the toilet paper roll, one on each side.

  7. Step 6

    Use a Crop-A-Dile or other heavy duty punch to punch a hole and set an eyelet on the closed end of the toilet paper roll.

  8. Add die cuts or other embellishments as desired.

  9. Step 7

    To make an insert, cut a piece of cardstock measuring 4” x 2 1/2”.

  10. Layer and embellish the tag as desired.

  11. Step 8

    Insert tag into the open end of the cardboard roll.

  12. Step 9

    Repeat these directions for each cardboard roll that you wish to include in your mini album.

  13. Step 10

    Bind the rolls together with a binder ring.

  14. Step 11

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Cardboard Roll Album. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Gorgeous mini album - thanks so much for sharing!
Jemima Saunders  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 3:25 AM
What a wonderful project! My boys and I will be making these for teacher gifts!
Kelly Sullivan  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 5:51 AM
What a lovely little mini album. I had forgotten about this technique! Just ask my hubby ... I had hoards of toilet rolls collected to share with friends and for classes. lol Beautiful work and great video! Thanks!
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 6:49 AM
Cute! cute! Cute! Who woulda thought! Thank you!
Cathy  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 6:56 AM
I totally love this!
Susan Myrick  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 7:03 AM
Another good reason to save those toilet paper rolls. What a cute gift this would be to cheer someone up.
Elaine Fitchpatrick  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 7:31 AM
What a great idea! Intend to use it as a "gift card" for grandson's birthday -- he'll love it!
Barb Canfield  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 7:53 AM
Where is the tutorial? All I see are the comments
Karen  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 7:59 AM
No tutorial found. Only the comments section.
Kathy  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 8:09 AM
if you go to the home page it is in the banner, it is very cute!
Cathy4  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 8:13 AM
I only saved one roll last week! It will be enough to get me started but I will have to see if family has any extras! LOL
muscrat  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 8:16 AM
Love this! I may have to use this idea for an upcoming class. Totally awesome way to recycle!
zipperc98  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 9:42 AM
This would make a great gift card holder!
Cindy Barnett  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 2:25 PM
You've really this look so easy. I'm happy to see that TP rolls can be up-cycled into something quite pretty. Loved all your instructions and tips. Thanks!
Martie Rollin  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Areli--the best fun of this project is telling people it was made from a TP roll! smile Cute project and thanks for sharing it with all of us at SCS! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 9:26 PM
that is beautiful could put small photos of my grandchildren in it to take with me.
Lee Gysberts  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 11:14 PM
This would be a great graduation money/gift card
holder! thanks!
Andrea Hurlbert  |  Thu Apr 28, 2016 at 7:51 AM
Hello everyone-

I am so glad everyone is enjoying my tutorial. This really is a great technique for up-cycling those empty tp rolls so get your family and friends involved and get them started collecting them for you. There are so many things you can create with them. Yes, even a lovely gift card holder. I will upload samples of some gift card holders that I have created to the gallery. You can also see them in the photos section of my facebook page Thank you so much.
Areli Johnson  |  Thu Apr 28, 2016 at 10:38 AM
I plan to make more....just need to empty more rolls! LOL
muscrat  |  Sun May 1, 2016 at 5:14 PM
A great way to "upcycle" something that usually gets thrown away. What a sweet token of love or thanks to someone.
Melanie  |  Tue May 3, 2016 at 5:34 AM

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