toilet paper tubes

Toilet Paper Tube Rainbow

It has been quite a few months since I have last posted. My daughter has been keeping me busy with sports and all of her extra-curricular activities, but with the current state of the world right now, we are at home as many of you are. We hope that all are safe and healthy. I know many are looking for easy activities to do with their kiddos right now. I will try to post as many easy arts & crafts projects with easily accessible items. This toilet paper tube rainbow is simple to make to ring in the spring. Paper towel rolls will work as well. We love our recyclables.

Toilet Paper Tube Rainbow spring craft for the kids.
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20 Character Inspired Kid’s Crafts

20 Character Inspired Kid's Crafts Inspired by Disney, Pixar, Dr. Suess & more...

A few weeks ago we took our daughter to the movies to see ‘Inside Out’. I cried, my daughter laughed & we all left the movie happy. After the movie, my daughter insisted that we all call her Joy after the main character.  She wanted to wear green every day & asked people what they thought of her blue hair. This is a common occurrence in our house. Her character changes from week to week. She has been Hello Kitty, Elsa & other assorted characters and animals. Not only does she enjoy pretending to be them, she loves making crafts that are inspired by them. We have made many crafts over the years & have stumbled across quite a few amazing ones as well. Here are some of our favorites.

Cardboard Tube Olaf Craft by Crafts By Amanda


Lego Baymax Building Instructions from Frugal Fun For Boys


‘Inside Out’ Paper Plate Masks by The Pinterested Parent


‘Finding Nemo’ Nemo & Dory Hand Print Crafts by A Little Pinch Of Perfect

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Paper Plate Eeyore Craft by Crafty Morning


Little Einstein’s Felt Hand Puppets by The Pinterested Parent


Popsicle Stick Minions Craft by Glued To My Crafts Blog



Spiderman Super Hero Hand Print Craft by Messy Little Monster

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Hello Kitty Paper Plate Mask by The Pinterested Parent


‘Monster’s Inc.’ Inspired Potato Stamps by I Heart Arts N Crafts


Paper Plate Octonauts by 3 Kids And A Gluestick


Egg Carton Kermit Craft by The Pinterested Parent


16 Disney Inspired Footprint Crafts by The Keeper Of The Cheerios


Easy Muppet Craft Rocks by Sandy Toes And Popsicles


Pasta Mike Wazowski from ‘Monster’s Inc.’ by The Pinterested Parent


Handprint Thing 1 Craft by This Girl’s Life Blog


Cardboard Tube Superman Craft by Crafts By Amanda


Despicable Me’ Shadow Puppets by The Pinterested Parent


Dusty Crop Hopper & Skipper inspired from ‘Planes’ by Pink Stripey Socks

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Styrofoam Peppa Pig Craft by The Pinterested Parent

Peppa Pig Craft made out of styrofoam ball & recyclables.

Who are some of your children’s favorite character’s?

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Toilet Paper Tube Waving Flag

There are 2 weeks left until the 4th of July and we are already enjoying the sounds of the holiday. I can hear the fireworks going off nearby & it makes me smile. We have two more weeks of fireworks popping at night, two more weeks of everything red, white and blue and two more weeks of 4th of July crafting. This is simple cardboard tube craft looks like a flag waving in the wind.

Create a waving flag for the 4th of July out of cardboard paper tubes. Kid's crafts and activities

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Toilet Paper Roll Teddy Bears

Toilet Paper Roll Teddy Bears


This weekend we went to a birthday party for one of Mai’s friends. She played outside with her friends & ate cupcakes and had a great time. It also got her talking to me about her next birthday party. Last year we had a Play-Doh themed birthday party.


This year she told me that she would like a Teddy Bear party. Since her birthday is 7 months away, I have a lot of time to think up some ideas & plan for it, providing she doesn’t change her mind from now until then. All weekend she talked to me about her teddy bear party. “I really like Teddy Bears, mama.” She was so wide-eyed and excited that we had to have a little bit of Teddy fun now.

Toilet Paper Tube Teddy Bears


What you will need:

Toilet paper tubes


Construction paper


Magic markers




Paint the toilet paper rolls in your Teddy Bear colors & let them dry. My girly girl of course wanted pink.


While the tubes dried, we cut shapes out of two different shades of construction paper for our bear parts.


Using a glue stick we glued the white shapes into the brown as shown.


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I glued the parts onto the tubes for Mai & I.


We drew in the bear’s paws & mouth with magic marker.

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Mai was right, she really does love Teddy Bears.


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Paper Towel Roll Crafting

Papertoweltubecrafting.jpg For the past few months now I have been hoarding away empty paper towel rolls. I had built up quite the collection and the sight of the rolls piled up on top of my kitchen cabinet was starting to give me hives. It was finally time to put them to some use. Mai and I have been on a craft frenzy this week. We made a mess, had a few tantrums & a few laughs and smiles too. Each of these crafts that we made uses one of our paper towel tube.

Paper Mache Maracas

What you will need:

Plastic Easter eggs (1 for each maraca made)

An empty paper towel roll cut in half or two toilet paper rolls

Uncooked chickpeas or dried beans




Masking tape



Fill each Easter egg with chickpeas or beans


Use one or two full pages of newspaper & wrap in around the chickpea filled Easter egg. Form it into a ball shape.


Tape the edges in place to hold the shape tightly.



Enlist the help of your favorite little crafter to tear up strips of newspaper for you.



In a bowl, mix 3/4 glue and 1/4 water to form your paper mache adhesive.



Dip a strip of the paper into your glue mixture.


Wrap your strip of paper around your ball shape smoothing it out carefully as you work it around.


After you receive a desired shape, allow it to dry & then place your ball on top of the paper towel tube halve.


Adhere the ball to the tube using masking tape & then cover the tape with more newspaper strips.


Continue to wrap your project with the paper strips and glue until you reach the desired shape. Make sure that all areas are smooth and that edges are not sticking up. Let it dry.


Paint the handles of your maracas first in the color of your choice and allow to dry.


Once dry, continue to paint the rest. You may now use the handle to hold on to while you paint.



Make beautiful music.


Mai thought these were rattles. As she was shaking them, she kept saying “Ooooooh, I’m a baby..so cute.”


Paper Towel Kaleidoscope

What you will need:

An empty paper towel roll

Colored beads

Thin plastic (I used old plastic packaging)

Heavy duty aluminum foil

Glue gun

Craft paper



Cut out two pieces of plastic small enough to fit snuggly inside of the paper towel tube.


As deep in the tube as you can, use your glue gun and squeeze out a line of glue rotating until it meets the starting end.


Give it a few seconds to cool slightly and then press your plastic disk into the glue.


Pour the beads on top of the disk, leaving enough room for the beads to move around. Add hot glue to the top edge of tube over the beads and place the other disk in place.


Fold a piece of tin foil into a triangle. Push your triangle into the open end of the tube. Trim the end as needed. Make sure to reform the shape. It will work best if the triangle has crisp, hard edges.


Cut out another disk using cardboard or thick scrapbook paper. Poke a hole through the middle of it & glue it to the tin foil end.


I wrapped my kaleidoscope in craft paper, but you can decorate however you like, paint, crayon, beads, ribbon.










Not quite like the real thing, but it still is fun to play with.


Butterfly Craft

What you will need:

An empty paper towel tube

Foam sheets

Scrap book paper

Pipe cleaners

Craft pom poms

Glue gun

Elmer’s Glue


This was a pretty simple one. You could also do this on a smaller scale with a toilet paper roll.

Cut out foam pieces in the shape of the wings.


Using different colored scrap strips, wrap around the tube and glue using the hot glue gun.




Run the glue gun along the edge of the wing where they should meet with the paper towel tube.


Pour some glue into a paper bowl and let your munchkin dip the pom poms in and glue to the butterfly.


Mai decides it is way more fun to stuff the pom poms in the tube than to decorate with them.


Glue one large pom pom to the top for your head & use pipe cleaners to make antennas. Let dry and your craft is done.