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Cardboard Roll Dancing Skeleton

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I am excited to share these with you today because they were such a huge hit with my little girl. We had so much fun making and playing with these adorable dancing skeletons. If you are looking for a cute and funny Halloween craft that your kids will enjoy, look no further. These cardboard roll skeletons are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face.

Cardboard roll dancing skeleton puppets - Halloween arts and crafts for kids. Crafts with cardboard tube recyclables

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Cardboard Pirate’s Sword

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Pretend play is wonderful for building a beautiful imagination. This cardboard pirate’s sword is perfect for the little swashbuckler in your life.

It was pirate week at my daughter’s preschool last week. She came home with an eye patch that they made in her class. For the past week, our home has been filled with “Args and “Aye Mateys”. My stairwell has been turned into a pirate ship and my daughter has turned into an adorable swashbuckler. She made a pink skull and crossbones flag, drew a skull and crossbones on an old cowboy hat and even broke out a pair of snow boots because, well… pirates wear boots. My little girl transformed into a pirate. She explained to me that all she was missing was a parrot and a pirate’s sword. I was up definitely up for the challenge of outfitting my imaginative little pirate. If it is a sword that she needs to battle the high seas, than a sword she will get.

Cardboard pirate's sword for pretend play or costume. Use recyclables to make this cool pirate's sword for the kids

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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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Moana Inspired Maui Fish Hook

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Every Maui fan, needs a magical fish hook. Use recyclables to make this fun Moana inspired craft for pretend play.

Have your kids seen Moana yet? If they haven’t, I definitely recommend watching it. It is a great movie about a headstrong teen that is drawn to the ocean. The music in the movie is beautiful and so catchy. I find myself singing the songs all of the time. If your children have seen it, I am sure that you have heard Maui ‘s ‘You’re Welcome’ sung about a thousand times. Maui is my daughter’s favorite character from the movie. She loves him, but as Maui tells you himself, he is nothing without his fish hook. That is where all his magic is.

Moana inspired paper mache Maui fish hook. Use recyclables for a fun Disney inspired prop for pretend play. Kid's arts and crafts

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Corrugated Cardboard Flag Craft

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If you are looking for a kid’s craft for Memorial Day or The Fourth of July, this corrugated cardboard flag is just the thing you need.

If you are an Amazon addict like I am, you probably are rolling in cardboard boxes. We adore cardboard. It is a great material for arts and crafts. We are especially fond of working with corrugated cardboard. It works wonderfully for printmaking and the texture makes for interesting crafts. The ridges on the cardboard make a perfect template for the stripes on this corrugated cardboard flag.

Peel cardboard for this corrugated American flag craft. This is perfect for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Summer arts and crafts for kids.

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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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