Artist Anastasia Elias’ Toilet Paper Roll Miniature Scenery

by Sherry Riter in Art  

I love toilet paper rolls. Yes, toilet paper rolls are definitely under appreciated. Each toilet paper roll is the same – they are cylindrical in shape, short and made of thin cardboard. I find them inspirational in a crafty sort of way. Obviously, I’m not the only person who is enthralled with the toilet paper roll.

Anastasia Elias is a French painter and collage artist who uses toilet paper rolls to create a wonderful scene in each one of them. The inside of each toilet paper roll becomes a tiny stage and the art tells a different story.

Inside the toilet paper roll, Anastasia Elias uses shapes made of paper like the toilet paper roll and places them with tweezers inside the hollow opening. Anastasia Elias uses the entire length of the roll to give a three dimensional effect to the scene she creates. The shapes are not that complicated, but when the toilet paper roll is viewed in the right lighting, they take on a totally different appearance. Since the toilet paper rolls only take an hour to create, think how many Anastasia could create in a week!


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias basketball


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias bottling


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias boxing


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias cowboys

Far North, Reindeer

toilet paper roll  anastassia elias far north, reindeer


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias grandmother


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias gymnasts

Hair Salon

toilet paper roll  anastassia elias hair salon


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias holiday


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias jugglers


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias laboratory


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias miners


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias snow


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias swing

Zoo Giraffes

toilet paper roll  anastassia elias zoo giraffes


toilet paper roll  anastassia elias pyramid

Toilet paper roll magic!

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1 Joan Penfold November 19, 2012 at 5:47 am

Those are really cool. How creative. I have been saving mine to cover with peanut butter and roll in seeds and hang in trees for the birds but I might have to try doing this. A Xmas scene would be nice and easy. Thanks for sharing. You find the coolest things!


2 Sherry Riter November 19, 2012 at 8:07 am

I hadn’t ever heard of making bird feeders from the toilet paper rolls. That’s an excellent idea!


3 Skip_D November 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

For many, many years I’ve kept toilet paper rolls & reused them in habitats for small critters… they made excellent small, inexpensive, disposable/replaceable shelters & play pens 🙂

never have seen anything like these amazing creations! Remarkable!


4 Sherry Riter November 20, 2012 at 2:02 am

That’s amazing and quite a creative use of just a plain old toilet paper roll!


5 mom November 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm



6 Joan November 29, 2012 at 5:50 am

WOW, this is so creative and original! I love the pyramid! 🙂


7 Sherry Riter November 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

I love all of them!!!! I love toilet paper rolls LOL


8 jonathan March 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm

My name is jonathan. I am eight going on nine.
How did you make the animals, fences, swings, trees, snowmen, boxing ring, people, twigs, juggling balls, unicycle, basketball hoop….to stay up (he wanted me to type many more;
mom is getting tired)
Thank you, I like them all very much!
wut did you macke them with ?!;,.></:'"


9 Sherry Riter April 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

LOL Too funny!

Thank you for the cute comment!!


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