If you ask me, toilet paper rolls are a total kids’ crafting classic. They’re right up there with nostalgic but timeless childhood DIY supplies like popsicle sticks and paper plates. They’re also all awesome opportunities for upcycling. That’s why I use them so often with my kids! This week, we decided to make toilet paper scarecrows because the snow hasn’t quite stuck around where we live yet and, even thought the cold of winter is coming, there are still some very fall-like scarecrows dotted around our neighbourhood that our kids can’t get enough of. They had so much fun making these that I couldn’t resist doing up one more after so I could show off the steps we took to make them happen.
Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- An empty toilet paper roll
- A glue stick
- Two googly eyes
- A black marker
- Crepe paper (yellow)
- Paper (orange, light pink, and purple)
Gather your materials!
Use your scissors to cut a two inch wide piece from your crepe paper that’s the entire length of the rolled sheet. Fold it in half so it is only an inch wide doubled over but just as long. Along the side where the folded edges meet (opposite the side with the crease), make a series of small cut all the way up the length from one end to the other to create a layered fringe effect.
Cut a very small square from the corner of your orange paper, about half an inch by half an inch. Then cut the small square in half diagonally, from corner to corner, so you have two small triangles of the same size. Cut one of these even smaller so it creates an even more narrow triangle. This will become your scarecrow’s patched nose. Set it aside. Holding the rest of your orange paper horizontally or landscape, so its longest side makes up its width, cut a rectangular piece about three inches wide and the full length. Set this piece aside for later.
Hold your light pink paper portrait or upright vertically and cut a rectangular piece about two inches wide and the full length of the page. You can use your toilet paper roll to measure your piece if you like, lining its top edge up with the top edge of the paper and marking a place on the page about halfway down the roll. Once you’ve cut the strip, set it aside.