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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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Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Stamps

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Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Ornament Stamps

Last Christmas, we made Christmas ornament stamps out of potatoes. These were a big hit with my daughter. She loves stamping projects & we are a big fan of potato stamps. I have seen many people using toilet paper rolls as stamps by bending them into various shapes such as leaves, hearts & pumpkins and I thought what a wonderful idea.

We used our tubes to form two different shaped ornaments. I cut one tube and bent it to form the top of the ornament.

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I used a glue gun to glue the tops in place like shown. Make sure the top piece is flush with the tube.

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The ornaments are then ready to stamp with. I cut out a Christmas tree shape for Mai to stamp on, but she was not interested in the tree. She just wanted to stamp on a plain piece of paper.

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Mai did not want to use the tree, but mommy did. I stamped the ornaments on the tree & let the paint dry.

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I used paint & glitter to decorate the ornaments & my daughter chose to use scissors & cut hers out for a project of her own.

Christmas Ornament toilet paper roll stamps

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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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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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