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Recycled Art Made From Toilet Paper Rolls

Apr 30, 2010

Toilet Paper Roll ArtRecently, I found toilet paper rolls recycled into amazing art! I contacted the artist to find out how she made these beautiful toilet paper roll creations. Her name is Anastassia Elias, a 33 year old woman from Paris, France.

Anastassia Elias is a full-time artist and illustrator. Her preferred medium is paper collages and paintings. She has illustrated two children’s books and exhibited her paintings.

The toilet paper roll sculptures were inspired by the artists’ everyday observations. She cut small paper shapes that she places inside the toilet paper rolls with tweezers. Using paper that is the same color as the roll gives the illusion that the paper figures are part of the toilet paper roll. They have a whimsical quality, capturing moments in time that may otherwise be overlooked or seen as mundane in a busy world.

Toilet Paper Roll Art by Anastassia EliasQ & A with Anastassia Elias:

Q: What was your inspiration for reusing toilet paper rolls for art?

A: I have fun to find what can I do with recuperated materials. And one day I looked at an empty roll and wondered if I can do something with it. And later, with no reason, I had an idea.

Q: How long does it take to make each toilet paper sculpture?

A: I need few hours to make one piece, 2-3 hours on average.

Q: What is special about using a mundane part of every day life to create something beautiful?

A: Every day we take the same road to go working, we make the same gestures to prepare a morning coffee. All these small events of everyday go unnoticed. But it is they who make a life. So I wanted to put these neglected events on a pedestal and to show that everyday life is not boring.

Patron Saint Series Featuring Recycled CDsQ: What other recycled art sculptures (if any) have you made?

A: I used old CDs to make the series “Patron Saints”. Also I made the series “Hunger” by using rusks and different recuperated materials.

See more images from “Patron Saints” and “Hunger” on the Artist’s Blog

See more Toilet Paper Roll Sculptures

Thanks to Anastassia for sharing her work with us at!

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18 Responses to “Recycled Art Made From Toilet Paper Rolls”

  1. Elias Saints - June 28th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Strange things!

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  5. Costas Schuler (The Pen Guy) - September 1st, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Its amazing what you can make. I collect used pens and glue them on my Mercedes pens Art Car covered in over 10,000 pens

  6. Molly - September 16th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Whoa, that’s amazing! Hah, I love it “Mercedes Pens!” I should do that with my old Mercedes.

  7. Party Rental Los Angeles - January 12th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    How do you think she got the cut outs to stand in such a small roll? Maybe it’s just that I have pudgy fingers, but I couldn’t imagine being able to make something stand up like that!

  8. Jaison Cianelli - January 27th, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Well that’s different. I like how the sunlight is shining in on the woman sitting on the rocker, the little scene feels alive.

  9. Richard Wilde - February 5th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    This looks fantastic, some great uses for what people tend to just throw away!

  10. jerry dodson - May 17th, 2011 at 5:11 am

    WOW! It’s amazing..another recycled item..I couldn’t imagine that a toilet paper roll can be recycled.. It helps fight global warming as well.. Very Fantastic!

  11. rocker - July 12th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I need few hours to make one piece, 2-3 hours on average.
    :) No. I need few minutes to make one piece.

  12. Custom Wallpaper - July 15th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    what a great idea !

  13. Jessica Smith - January 6th, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I have always been fascinated with art through recycled materials. When I lived in London I used to go to the year Graduate students exhibit a the Royal College of Art and University of the Arts. Some students came up with amazing ideas. Like growing grass on t-shirts, building lamps out of cardboard, bottling mini wood scenes (with mushrooms and all) in tiny bottles. This work is very inspiring.

  14. seo los angeles - February 6th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I love this! How cool that she is using these toilet paper rolls. Honestly almost every time a roll of tp runs out and I have to throw away the cardboard I wish I had some sort of use for it!

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