How can I reuse or recycle a big cardboard tube and some plastic?

A cardboard tube and some plastic from some new carpetFriday is usually dilemma-day but anyway…

A suggestion from my dad:


The new bathroom carpet arrived, wrapped around a big cardboard tube and covered in a sheet of plastic. As soon as I saw it, I thought “how can I recycle this?” : )

The tube is about 6ft long and about 4″ in diameter. The plastic is quite tough and about 6ft square.

So then?

Garden uses would probably be best but I’m sure he’ll consider anything. And he’s promised to take photos of anything he does with them : )

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6 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle a big cardboard tube and some plastic?”

  1. bev says:

    You could use the plastic to make mini polytunnels in the garden.

    I can’t think of anything for the tube though – all my garden ideas involve water and that would probably ruin the tube…

  2. john says:

    you could cut the tube into rings to protect seedlings with

  3. Lisa says:

    Small rodents like sections of these cardboard tubes to run through/ chew – so maybe a local animal shelter would take it off your hands.

  4. Tamara says:

    cut it into a few pieces so that it’s short enough for kids to lean it against something, then they can use it as “ramps” for their matchbox cars. my brother and i did this all the time when we were children.

  5. mormonsim says:

    if they are strong enough, cut them to make the legs for a small childs chair . then take a small pillow and glue it to thick cardboard for the seat.

  6. Truvian says:

    Make kaleidoscope.
    Cut into short sections an plant seeds.

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