If you ask me, sometimes the classic kids’ crafts that every child learns how to do in preschool are the absolute most fun to make! Toilet paper roll projects are the perfect example of what we mean. There’s just something so simple, nostalgic, and fun about making them, especially now that I have kids of my own. They actually fell completely in love with the whole basic concept of toilet paper roll crafts after the first few we made together, so now I’m always trying to think of new shapes, themes, and ideas, since doing something as simple as upcycling our empty rolls instead of throwing the out makes crafting with my kids a lot more convenient affordable. We already have almost everything I need to help them get creative!
My most recent idea for keeping the idea of making things from toilet paper rolls interesting for my kids was to make an adorable bumble bee. Just in case you’d like to try that out too, here are all of the steps we took to make it happen! You’ll also find a full video tutorial at the end of this post, for those who prefer to follow along visually.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Toilet roll
- Blue and yellow paper
- Googly eyes
- Glue stick
- Black and pink markers
- Black pipe cleaner
Gather your materials!
Measure the height of your toilet paper roll onto your yellow page in order to make it easier to cover. Set your paper down flat horizontally and then lay your roll down on the page so its bottom edge lines up flush with the bottom edge of the paper. Make a fold where the top edge of the roll meets the page. You’ll use this mark as a guide to get the right height all the way across the page.
Make a proper fold all the way across the page to mark where the proper height of your roll falls. Feel free to use a ruler and a pencil to get a very straight line if you’re not feeling quite confident enough to eyeball it based on your initial fold mark alone. Crease the page over along that long, open it out again, and cut the top portion of extra paper off.