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Cardboard Tube Bud Vase

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Mother’s day is a month away. If you are looking for a cute gift idea for mom or grandma, these simple cardboard tube vases might be just what you are looking for.

My daughter loves to run around the yard and pick flowers for me. It is the sweetest thing. We will usually put the flowers in a Dixie cup and save them, but we thought that it would be nice to make and design our own bud vases. These cardboard tube vases are perfect for the spring and would make an adorable Mother’s Day gift. You can choose to make a tapered vase, as we did or keep it even simpler and keep the tube as is and glue it to a base.

Cardboard tube flower bud vase. This is a great idea for Mother's Day or Valentine's. Recyclable arts and crafts for kids.

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Yarn Wrapped Cat in the Hat Hat

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If you are a Dr. Seuss fan like we are, you may be looking for a fun and easy craft to celebrate his upcoming birthday. When you think of Dr. Seuss, what is the first thing that you usually think of. I almost always immediately think of the Cat in the Hat.

 Toilet paper tube Dr. Seuss headband hat. Recycle cardboard rolls wrap with yarn for an easy Cat in the Hat inspired arts and craft project for the kids. A great fine motor activity as well.

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My daughter loves that mischievous cat and all thing Dr. Seuss, so I thought that this simple yarn wrapped Cat in the Hat inspired hat would be perfect.

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Cardboard Tube Lanterns

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The Lunar New Year is just a couple of weeks away. Last week, we shared with you our paper plate hand fans. If you enjoyed those, you might want to try this simple idea as well.   If you have an old cardboard tube and some paint kicking around, you can make one today to welcome in the Year of the Rooster.

Toilet paper roll Chinese Lanterns for the Lunar New Year or Tet. USe recyclable cardboard tubes for this pretty arts and crafts project for kids.

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Cut an old paper towel tube into thirds or use a single toilet paper tube. Paint the inside of the tube and the outside in the color or colors of your choice and let dry. Paint or use markers to make a design for your lantern. We used Sharpies to draw simple branches with flowers. Let the paint and/or markers dry completely before going to the next step.

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Cardboard Tube Haunted House

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Paper towel roll and toilet paper tube haunted house craft. Cardboard tubes arts & crafts - spooky Halloween project for kids.

Recyclables make perfect craft materials. For one, they are free and you just cannot beat that. The other thing is that they are always readily available. I have a huge bin filled with egg cartons and assorted cardboard tubes that I save. I had collected so many tubes, that I had to make something with them.

With Halloween nearing, I had just the haunting craft in mind.

For this craft you will need:

A paper towel roll

Two toilet paper rolls

Black acrylic paint

Yellow acrylic paint

Black heavy stock paper

Gold or silver marker

White yarn

Tacky glue or a low temp glue gun (Always use caution when operating a glue gun.)

 

Cut the top of the paper towel roll to form a peak. Cut out a door flap and windows throughout. Cut the toilet paper rolls at a slight slant. The slants will be at the bottom so that the toilet paper tubes will slant away from the paper towel roll when placed around it.

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Paint the outside of the tubes in black and then paint the inside in yellow. Let the paint dry.

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Glue the two toilet paper tubes to the sides of the paper towel roll.

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Cut two triangles & two rectangles out of the black paper. Use a marker to make roof shingles on each paper. Glue the two triangles together at the top of the paper towel roll and then add the rectangles.

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Cut a small piece of white yarn and unravel it. Pull the threads from the yarn and string along the roof tops to make cobwebs.

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My daughter loved her new haunted house and used it as a play area for her Shopkins.

Paper towel roll and toilet paper tube haunted house craft. Cardboard tubes made this spooky Halloween project for kids.

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Toilet Paper Tube Scarecrows

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We began a little fall decorating this weekend. We bought a bale of hay to use both for a fun sensory bin for my daughter & to pretty up our front yard for the season.

Toilet Paper / paper towel roll scarecrows - the tubes make great finger puppets for a fun craft or pretend play. autumn & Halloween arts & crafts for kids

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We placed our hay in our front yard in anticipation of going to a local farm over the weekend for scarecrow making & pumpkin and gourd picking. I told my daughter that we were going to place scarecrows on our bale of hay. She told me that she wanted to make a girl scarecrow and a mama scarecrow. All of the scarecrow talk had me inspired to start making some scarecrows right now.

Cardboard Tube Scarecrows

What you will need:

Cardboard Tube

Acrylic Paint

Egg Carton Sections

Jumbo Craft Sticks

Foam Sheets

Yarn

Buttons

Markers

Low Temp Glue Gun (Use caution when operating any glue gun.)

 

Directions:

Poke a slit on either end of your cardboard roll about 1/3 of the way down. Make it large enough so that the craft stick can slide through.

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Take the stick back out & paint the stick in whatever color you will want your scarecrow’s shirt to be.  Paint about a 1/4 of the tube in a flesh tone. Then paint half of the remainder in the shirt color & then the other half in the pant color. Let the paint dry.

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Paint an egg carton section in whatever color that you want the hat to be & then cut out a wavy circle. Let the paint dry.

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Glue the egg carton piece to the center of the foam shape.

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Crumple up the foam a little so that it has a more natural hat feel.

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Glue strands of yarn to the ends of the craft stick.

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Glue a few strands of yarn over the top of the flesh toned area on the tube & then glue the hat on.

Glue more strands under the head & then glue on buttons. Draw a face on the scarecrow with magic markers.

The tubes fit perfectly over a couple of fingers to make fun puppets.

Toilet Paper / paper towel roll scarecrows - the tubes make great finger puppets for a fun craft or pretend play. autumn & Halloween arts & crafts for kids

We made a mama scarecrow & a little girl one just as my daughter wanted. She had a ton of fun playing with these. These made a wonderful addition to her already amazing imagination for pretend play.

Toilet Paper / paper towel roll scarecrows - the tubes make great finger puppets for a fun craft or pretend play. autumn & Halloween arts & crafts for kids

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Corrugated Cardboard Printmaking

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Every Wednesday I take my daughter to the library. Our local library offers wonderful story times, yoga for kids and Lego workshops. corrugated cardboard printing with a pumpkin for fall autumn or halloween arts crafts kids activities and painting

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We go to take advantage of these great offerings and also to trade out our books & search for new and exciting reads for our week. On our way to the children’s section, I saw a book that caught my eye, ‘Art Lab For Kids’. I started flipping through and was excited at what I saw.

The book has a lot of fantastic ideas for drawing, painting, mixed media art & print making.  There was a chapter on printmaking and I saw an interesting idea using cardboard. Since we have a ton of cardboard, this seemed like a perfect idea. This project was inspired by this idea.

We deviated from the directions a bit & just worked with items that we had readily available.

What you will need:

Cardboard

Acrylic Paint

Small Paint Roller

Glue

White Paper

corrugated cardboard printing - paint stamping and printing project for kids

We cut the cardboard into random shapes & peeled away layers of the cardboard in spots to reveal the ridges beneath the cardboard.

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We glued the shapes onto another piece of rigid cardboard.

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We squeezed paint onto a paper plate & then rolled the roller into the paint and then pressed the cardboard onto a piece of white paper. My daughter loves painting with a paint roller, so I new this would be fun for her. We tried it with all black & we tried it with color. The color looked nice, but quickly turned to muddy colors from the mixing, so for multiple prints one solid color is recommended.

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Once the shapes are covered, press your cardboard onto a piece of paper, making sure to press firmly all around.

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Peel off your cardboard carefully to reveal your print.

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corrugated cardboard printing - paint stamping and printing project for kids

Since the fall is nearing, we used this idea to make print pumpkins as well.  We used the same technique as above.

We drew out the pumpkin’s shape & then cut it out. We peeled all of the top layer off of the cardboard to make ridges throughout the whole pumpkin & then glued it to another piece of cardboard. We used solid orange paint on the pumpkins and pressed them onto a piece of paper.

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Try doing this in different fall colors & stamping side by side for a cute piece of autumn pop art. This is a fun one to experiment. Try different shapes or peel more or less paper to create different print templates.

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Glittery Cardboard & Watercolor Flowers

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I adore my daughter’s creativity. We have been doing arts and crafts together for a very long time & I have watched her creativity soar. This next craft was all a product of my little girl’s crafty little mind. I loved it so much that I had to share.

Glittery cardboard flower over watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids.

We use a lot of cardboard for arts & crafts projects and have tons of scrap pieces. She grabbed one of the pieces of cardboard and drew a flower on it. She asked me if I could cut it out for her. I cut it out and she quickly ran & got a glue stick and a piece of paper. She glued her cardboard flower to the paper. She grabbed a bottle of squeeze glue and glitter and spread the glue & glitter over her flower.

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She painted her paper in watercolors & explained to me that it was a magical fairy flower.

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She added some more glue & glitter.

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I loved her finished project. It really did look magical.

Glittery cardboard flower on watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for the kids

She inspired me to make one of my own.

Glittery cardboard flower on watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids

Glittery cardboard flower over watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids..

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