Toilet Paper Roll Craft Activity

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Updated on Dec 5, 2012

Save up your paper rolls to help your child create an upcycled craft that looks just like iron work! Easy to make, light as a feather and lovely to display, this eco-friendly project is the perfect activity for kids looking for a simple way to spruce up their room.

What You Need:

  • Box lid
  • Scissors
  • Several toilet paper tubes
  • Glue
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Newspaper

What You Do:

  1. Help your child cut away the center of the box lid so all that is left is the frame. 
  2. Have her cut the toilet paper rolls into loops the same depth as the frame. For example, f the lid is a ½ inch tall, the loops should also be a ½ inch tall. 
  3. She shouldn’t worry about crushing the rolls as she cuts. She'll reshape the rolls once she finishes. Possible shapes include round loops, oblong cat’s eyes and straight strips made when she snips the loops open.
  4. Have her cover her work area with a sheet of newspaper.
  5. Help her start fitting her paper roll shapes into the lid frame.  Her design can be as simple or complicated as she likes. Allow her time to play around with her designs.
  6. When she's happy with her design, she needs to glue everything into place.  Starting at one side of the frame, she should remove one loop at a time and glue it to his neighboring loops.
  7. After the glue has dried, have her paint both the frame and the paper rolls black.  Make sure she rotates the piece occasionally so that she can see spots she may have missed.
  8. Once the piece is dry, she's ready to hang it up in her room or her locker.