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Paper Towel Roll Sculptures

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Turn your recyclables into a simple art project that you and your kids will love.

My daughter is a big fan of tinkering with our bin full of recyclables. Cardboard rolls are easily her favorite. She loves to paint them and tie them together, poke holes in them and anything else she can imagine. We found ourselves with an over abundance of paper towel rolls this weekend and wanted to play around with them.  What we came up with were these simple paper towel roll sculptures.
Paper towel roll sculptures. Twist bend and fold cardboard tubes to make simple structures and paint. Arts and crafts for kids.

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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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Tie Dye Paper Towel Art

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Tie Dye Paper Towel Art For Kids - A fun arts & craft project

I am looking forward to the nice weather. I can’t wait for the obvious reasons, of course, but I also am excited because I have been itching to make some tie dye. I have plans to make tie dye curtains for our craft room & I wanted to experiment with a few scarves & shirts with some new design ideas. Since it is so messy, I am waiting for the warmer weather to be able to do it outside.

This year, I intend to have my special helper out there dying shirts with me. We may not be able to get outside yet, but we can still dabble in a little bit of tie dying indoors.

All you will need is paper towels, yarn & watered down paints or food coloring. We watered down acrylic paints in rainbow colors.

I showed my daughter how I was wrapping my paper towels with the yarn & let her wrap her own. Make sure that you wrap the yarn snuggly.

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We wrapped our paper towels with very little rhyme or reason. Here is one of the wrapped towels.

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We dipped the paper towels into the watery paint & dripped paint on with brushes.

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When finished, we unraveled the yarn & very carefully opened up the paper towels & laid them out on a piece of cardboard to dry, but I would suggest laying down wax paper. Some of my daughter’s were very wet & stuck a bit to the cardboard.

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Wait until they are completely dry before picking up or they might tear.

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My daughter thought these were very cool & oohed and aahed over the pretty colors. These were so much fun to make.

When we were done, we cut some of them into flower shapes & made a few flowers out of them. Our flower bouquet came out lovely.

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Toilet Paper Tube North Pole Scenes

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toilet paper tube snowman, Santa, penguin at the North Pole. Recyclable cardboard roll arts & crafts for kids for winter and Christmas

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This weekend my husband and I got out for a very rare date night. The movie Elf is a favorite of both of ours. They had a musical version of Elf in the city & we just had to go see it, so we called in Nana for the night and went out for a much needed date.

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The musical was wonderful. The cast did a spectacular job. The songs were cute, catchy and well performed, but I was most impressed with the scenes. Maybe it is the Christmas lover in me, but the North Pole scenes & the Christmas in the city really got me. They also inspired some North Pole craft ideas that I couldn’t wait to do.

What you will need:

Toilet Paper Tubes

Egg Carton

Paper Bowl

Paint

Construction paper or foam

Popsicle stick

Cotton balls

Sharpie

Googly eyes

Glue

Ribbon

Pipe cleaner

Small regular pieces of cardboard

 

I had three North Pole characters in mind, Santa (of course), a snowman & a penguin.  I painted all of the pieces first to allow time for all of them to dry, but here is a break down of each craft.

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Penguin at the North Pole

  1. Paint a toilet paper tube in all black. I realized later that I needed to paint the inside as well. Let the paint dry.
  2. Squeeze glue on about 2/3 of the tube & spread cotton over it in an oval shape.
  3. Cut flippers out of black construction paper or use foam, as it is sturdier. Cut a beak and feet out of orange. Glue them into place & add googly eyes.
  4. Cut a small slit into the side of a paper bowl. Slide a Popsicle stick into it & glue into place. Cut a piece of cardboard into a small rectangle. Write North Pole on the sign & glue it to the top of the Popsicle stick. Glue the penguin to the bowl. Glue stretched out cotton balls all over the bowl & around the penguin and the sign. Add a small line of cotton to the top of the sign.

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toilet paper tube penguin at the North Pole. Recyclable cardboard roll arts & crafts for kids for winter and Christmas

Santa at the North Pole

  1. Paint 3/4 of a toilet paper tube red & the rest in black. Paint the pointy separator of the egg carton red & let all dry.
  2. Glue the egg carton portion to the top of the red end of the tube.
  3. Glue a ring of cotton around the bottom of the egg carton & at the point right above where the red & black meet.
  4. Cut a small oval shape out of flesh-toned paper. Add googly eyes to the oval shape & paint in cheeks a small nose & a mouth. Glue it right under the hat.
  5. Glue stretched out cotton around the outside of his face and between his nose & mouth to form a mustache and beard. Add a small cotton ball to the top of his hat.
  6. Draw in buttons on Santa’s coat.
  7. Follow the steps in step 4 from the penguin craft above to finish off the craft.

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Snowman at the North Pole

  1. Paint a toilet paper tube in white. Paint a piece of egg carton in black. Let them dry.
  2. Draw the snowman’s face in with a Sharpie & paint in the carrot nose with orange paint.
  3. Cut a black circle a bit larger than the egg carton piece out of black construction paper or foam & glue the egg carton to the the center of it. Let dry.
  4. Glue the hat to the top of the snowman.
  5. Cut a piece of ribbon to use as a scarf. Glue it into place.
  6. Glue pipe cleaners in place for the arms.
  7. Follow step #4 from the penguin craft to finish off your craft.

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toilet paper tube snowman at the North Pole. Recyclable cardboard roll arts & crafts for kids for winter and Christmas

These were so much fun & cute to make, I wanted to make more.

toilet paper tube snowman, Santa, penguin at the North Pole. Recyclable cardboard roll arts & crafts for kids for winter and Christmas

 

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Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin & Spider

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Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin Craft

Our house officially went on the market this week. We did a lot of work to get it picture perfect & ready for showings. We have been packing & cleaning around the clock for weeks. With all of the cleaning that we have been doing, I have gone through a lot of paper towels. I mean a lot. This left me with a lot of empty paper towel tubes & some crafting opportunities.

We worked on a couple of crafts this week to use up some of those empty tubes & here they are.

Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin

What you will need:

An empty paper towel tube

An empty toilet paper tube

Orange paint

Green paint

Green pipe cleaners

Green construction paper

Glue

Directions:

Paint an empty paper towel tube on the inside & out using the orange paint & then let it dry.

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Cut a 3″ – 4″ piece of a toilet paper roll. Cut the roll open & paint it green on both ends & let dry.

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Cut around the paper towel roll forming 3/4″ strips about 3/4 of the way down.

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Round fold the strips starting from the cut end & tuck into the opposite end of the tube as shown.

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Roll the green tube up & stick in the opening on top. Add a little extra paint to your pumpkin if needed.

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Cut leaves out of construction paper & glue them to the green roll. Cut a green pipe cleaner in half & roll into spirals. Stick them in the stem to finish off your pumpkin craft.

Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin Craft

But we were not done there. Mai chose to paint her tube black instead of orange. She wanted to cut her tube too. We chose to make a big spider out of the black tube. In fact we ended up making two because Mai wanted her spider to have a friend.

To make the spider, paint & cut the tube the same as above. Bend the strips out & then make bends for knees & feet.

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Push the uncut core down & bend the legs up around it. Add a little glue behind the knees to make the bends stay. Add googly eyes & glue a pipe cleaner to the inside of the tube.

Paper TOwel Roll Spider Craft

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Toilet Paper Roll Grapes

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Toilet Paper Roll Grapes Craft

 

Before we had our daughter we kept a pretty neat home. We had little knick knacks on our coffee table, there weren’t scuffs & marker on our hardwood floor & I used to have a clean & bare refrigerator. I hated having things on my refrigerator. I thought it looked ugly to have shopping lists & magnets hanging off of it. Fast forward to today & things are a bit different. My kitchen is now an art studio. Our kitchen cabinets, our refrigerator & our kitchen windows are covered with all of my daughter’s arts & crafts.

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This would have made the old me cringe, but now it just makes me smile. Since these days our art projects have become part of the decor, I thought at least we could make a craft that matches with our kitchen’s theme. It is Tuscan themed with grapes & vines, so we made a grape craft.

 

Toilet Paper Roll Grape Craft

Gather a few rolls & snip into 1/4″ rings.

 

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Shape & arrange the rings as you go, to make sure that you have enough cut & map out your project.

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Glue each piece into place. Mai helped apply the glue & I put them in place. Let the rings dry.

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Let them paint within the glued shapes to make a pretty picture perfect craft & then let dry.IMG_0550IMG_0551

This will make a great addition to our artastic kitchen.

 

Toilet Paper Roll Grapes Craft

 

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