Have you seen those cardboard tubes, complete with fitted lid, they sell at the post office and mailing supply places? They’re handy for mailing posters, photos and more but they have even more uses. A cardboard tube with a lid is ideal for making a carryall for a child, an emergency kit and many other things. When you’re traveling the cardboard tube kit you make can be very handy, indeed!
No matter what type of kit you’re making it’s nice to have a handle by which to carry the tube. Remove the lid and easily make one by using a ribbon, piece of twine or similar item. Hold a pair of pliers with a pot holder and hold a nail with the pliers. Heat the nail and push it through the lid, twice. Make the holes with a space between them, and center them in the middle of the lid. Place one end of the handle in one hole and the other end in the opposite hole. Tie a knot at the end of each ribbon or rope piece to secure.
Decorate the cardboard tube with decorative paper, gift wrap, fabric or other material. If you’re using paper to decorate you can laminate it first, if you want. After the can is embellished the way you want you can then assemble the particular kit you want to make.
For a child fill the tube with art supplies. Roll up paper and slide it into the tube. Drop in markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers and other art supplies. Or, put in some of your child’s favorite novelty pets, blocks or other toys. Kids love carrying the cardboard tube with them when the family travels.
Make an emergency travel kit by placing useful items inside. A small list of things you might want to pack inside the tube includes bathroom tissue off the roll, band-aids, change or cash, hand sanitzer, cotton swabs, small sewing kit, small tool kit and similar things.
You can even make fabulous gifts for nearly anyone by starting with the cardboard tube. Fill it with individual bags of candy, chips, cookies, craft supplies, hot cocoa or other goodies. Give them away for holidays or as “thank-you” gifts for friends. It’s a new and fun way to use those cardboard mailing tubes!