Cardboard Tubes

What can I do with cardboard tubes? Anybody have ideas? I'm focusing on different ways to strengthen the tubes and angling them for a project and need a little bit of help brainstorming

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Gorfram7 years ago

If you really want to do a lot of angled cutting, you could build a geodesic dome (or sphere).

Somewhat less ambitiously, glue them together into "honeycombed" hexagonal groups of of seven (six + one in the middle), and you can probably build anything you want out of those.
ymliman9017 years ago
if you have relatives into halo yu could build a spnkr rocket launcher. the website is
Ever seen the "The Science of Sleep?"
Those look almost like egg cartons :-)
Goodhart10 years ago
My wife would use them for Guinea Pig playhouses LOL
Goodhart Goodhart10 years ago
I take this back, they wouldn't be quite big enough around for Cavies. Hamsters, mice and some rats maybe ;-)
Kiteman10 years ago
How big are the tubes, and how many have you got?
wesasaur (author)  Kiteman10 years ago
They're about five feet in length with just about three inches diameter, and I have access to as many of them as I need
Thats a good one.. I saw giant panpipes made with cardboard tubes played by slapping the top of each pipe with the sole of a rubber flip-flop
CameronSS10 years ago
Our church recently did a fundraising concert to raise money for Iraqi refugee relief... One of the sections was played entirely on BMG-type homemade instruments, one of which was a collection of cardboard tubes. The different-sized tubes were whacked on the musician's forehead to produce a deep, resonating tone. The wide diameter tubes (3"-4") with thin, rigid walls work best.
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