It’s time to get crafting for Christmas. I just can’t help myself when it comes to crafting. It puts a big smile on my face when my kids ask me if we can craft. If they get any inkling at all that I’m about to make something, they are right there with me ready to try out my new ideas.
Rainy days, snowy days, when the kids are bored, or just on a whim are all great times to create. This week was my first experience with icy days, so we stayed in and crafted. The kids took turns coming and going from the table to make something. The little one created her own masterpieces and the rest of us made up or replicated Christmas crafts we’d found. There’s a lot of good crafty mamas on Instagram to get you started with ideas. I usually take a look to get my ideas going or make my own version of what I see. I like to have some crafty supplies on hand so when we feel like crafting we have a few simple things available.
My usual stash of crafty items:
- Googly eyeballs
- Ribbon or String
- Colored Construction Paper
- Cardboard boxes, and Amazon boxes are great
- Anything else from leftover projects like buttons, pom-poms, etc.
Other items I keep handy:
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Sponge paint brushes
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with saving toilet paper rolls just in case the right craft comes along. I’ve come across a lot of fun ideas and a few of my own. So why not share the fun with you? Maybe you’ll start saving toilet paper rolls just for the heck of it too. Here are 7 toilet paper roll crafts that we enjoyed making. There are so many more out there, but we decided to give these ones a try.
All you really need is paint, glue, pipe cleaner, and pom poms. Some of the extras I used were the eyes, little buttons, and fake snow. You can add whatever embellishments you want to your craft depending on what you have. And if you don’t have any of the extras, makers, paper, and a little glue will work just as well as anything. You can see we used a combination of different materials on each one.
7 Easy Toilet Roll Crafts and A Cute Gnome
Christmas Tree Card
We made this card by painting a toilet roll and cutting it into strips. Then I folded it to make tree branches. I hot-glued the pieces and added a sticker for the star and fake snow under the tree. The white circles are from white hole-punched paper.
Santa going down the chimney
This one was super easy. All we did was wrap the tube with red construction paper and cut out Santa’s pants and glued them on the inside. We used a black sharpie to draw the lines for the chimney and added a sparkly pom-pom on his boots.
You can either choose to wrap the tube with white paper or paint it white. My daughter wanted to paint, so she painted it white. Besides paper and marker, we used hot glue to add the pipe cleaner and pom-poms for ear muffs. Oh and I can’t forget the mini buttons I had leftover from a project a few years ago.
This is one of the simplest of toilet roll crafts. All you need is googly eyes (or you can draw them yourself, a red pom-pom for the nose, and pipe cleaner for the antlers. I poked a hole on each side and put the pipe cleaner through it to keep it in place.
Toilet Roll Crafts that Involve Cutting
These toilet crafts are a bit more challenging and would be better for older kids. You could also do the cutting and leave the decorating up to the little ones.
This guy takes a bit of skilled paper cutting. I cut around the tube freehand and used mini buttons, markers, and googly eyes to finish it off. You can always draw lines to guide kids on where to cut.
Outline and cut the shape of the head of the penguin. Then use black and white paint for the head and body. Then finish it off by adding the eyes and beak however you choose. I used googly eyes and paper.
Ornament or Bauble (Round ornament)
This one was purely trial and error. I started by poking a hole on the side I wanted to make the back about ½ an inch from the bottom. From there I cut all the way up. Then where I made the cut at the bottom, I cut around each side equidistant enough so I could fan out the sides, but not too much so I could leave some remaining in the front for the ornament to stand up. Then I rounded the sides to make a circle. We painted it, and added ribbon and a little glitter at the top where the ornament would hang.
Pine Cone Gnome
The gnome isn’t made out of toilet paper roll but it is so cute. I couldn’t help but show you this one. I had fun making it. On one of the walks that we take nearby our house has trees that always drop pine cones and chestnuts. My little one loves to collect them in her pockets. I figured why not look for crafts that will use these items instead of them collecting dust on the countertops or wherever they land after our walk. It’s really easy to make and you only need a pine cone and a piece of an egg carton.
You’ll need to cut out the piece of the egg carton that sits in between the eggs to separate them. Once you cut that out, and cut it in half. You can decorate or paint as you wish and then glue it to your pine cone. I happened to find a bead in my stash of stuff to glue on as a nose. I saw that done while scrolling through looking at crafts. And that’s it! Cutest little craft ever!
Well, I hope you get to get your crafting on over the holidays. If you’ve read this blog post I assume you or your kids love to craft like me.