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Toilet Paper Cylinder Wind Socks

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Teachers are always looking for ways to save money. Few teachers have enough money to buy essential materials and supplies, especially with tight budgets and so many classroom needs. Using inexpensive or recycled materials helps teachers save money for special items and spend less money out-of-pocket.

Children will have a blast using recycled toilet paper cylinders to create wind socks in this thrifty activity from Sanity Savers: 200 Quick Fixes for Everything from Big Messes to Small Budgets. Toilet paper cylinders are a very easy material to acquire, and you can always ask children’s families to contribute as well. Get Sanity Savers for more resourceful solutions for teachers including minimizing interruptions, saving money, storage ideas, clean-up tip, transitions and more!


  • Toilet Paper Cylinders
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole Punch
  • Yarn or string

What to Do

  1. Cut 1–11⁄2” x 12” streamers from tissue paper, or buy rolls of decorative streamers.
  2. Glue the streamers around the circumference of one end of the cylinder and let the streamers hang off the other end.
  3. Use a hole punch to make two holes in opposite sides of the top, tie a 24” length of string through both holes, and tie the string ends together.
  4. Hang the windsock from a tree, and watch the wind blow!

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