Picture of Carpet Tube Lincoln Log style log fort or house
When the school I teach at finished a new campus and moved into it, I saved as many of the large cardboard tubes from flooring that I could. I'm an art teacher and I always try to save good junk, even if I don't know what I'll use it for. The last time our school moved, more than ten years ago, I saved some of the carpet tubes and made a jungle in one of the hallways. I had similar plans for these tubes, but my wife intervened. She is the principal of our Early Childhood Center (age 3 through kindergarten) and wanted a set of giant Lincoln Logs for the kids to build with. After spending some time searching online for a free plan or tutorial on how to make them and not finding one, I sat down and figured it out myself, first with paper towel tubes and then with the flooring tubes. The tubes I used mostly came from a linoleum-type flooring, but any large tubes would work, I think, probably even PVC pipes. PVC pipes would be good for an outdoor fort, whereas carpet tubes would obviously last longer indoors than out. Fortunately, this project was designed to be used in an indoor playroom.
I am a teacher, and my job is to share knowledge and teach skills to others. I get annoyed when others won't freely do that also, and so I am now going to freely share with you what I have learned the long way. I hope it will save you some time and that you'll have fun with this project.
carolannec16 months ago

i have just aquired a 3 ft linoneum tube, and would like to make toys and hideys for my parrots, trouble id i dont know what theyre composed of ,is there glue involved in the making of them?

tjbanjo (author)  carolannec16 months ago
I don't know if there's glue involved, but there must be some kind of binding agent to keep the paper together. Whether that's glue or something else, I don't know.
Sorry I can't help you more than that.
Good luck with your project.
tjbanjo (author)  Loganator123451 year ago
Thanks! I love it when I make something and somebody else wants to make it, too. That's when I know it really was a good idea.
That is just epic
Lori2161 year ago
I love this! I bet the carpet and linoleum people never thought about this happening with the tubes. Great job and free materials, too!
tjbanjo (author)  Lori2161 year ago
Thanks! I keep lots of junk and reuse it later. I just wish I had a lot more space to store more valuable junk!
tjbanjo (author) 1 year ago
Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone.
I think I know what you (ksdtoday) mean with the cup holders. That would look good.
velorna1 year ago
Awesome!!!! The kids must love it.... I would have, still do lol
ksdtoday2 years ago
cup holders from starbucks for a roof
HoneyBaer2 years ago
I love that you let the kids help/use power tools. Great job, dad!
The Rambler2 years ago
This. Is. Awesome. Now I want a gazillion carpet tubes so I can make a monstrous fort!
bob30302 years ago
Great job. I always like recycling/repurpose projects. Well done.
ajensen192 years ago
Awesome. You should build towers of those things and have castle wars.
That is the most awesome thing I've ever seen! Do I need to have kids in order to build this?
tjbanjo (author)  GhettoEngineer2 years ago
I don't think you need kids in order to build it, just use more tubes and make it taller. :D
safay2 years ago
Wow! This is great!
darman122 years ago
Awesome, I love playing with Lincoln logs!
This is so fantastic. :D What a great use of those tubes!