Halloween toilet roll crafts

If you’re anything like me then you will have a bag full of loo roll tubes and all sorts of cardboard which is a handy rainy day stash. They certainly came in handy for our mammoth Halloween craft session!

You will need:

  • Loo roll tubes
  • Paper plates
  • PVA glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Paint
  • Brushes and spreaders
  • Scissors
  • Plus your Craft supplies – tissue, pom-poms, sequins and pipe cleaners plus anything else you have to hand.
  • These are activities you can keep coming back to and really involve little ones in the process. Arlo loves it when we get to the end of a loo roll and we have a permanent bowl of resources on the table so we can glue and stick whenever the mood arises.

    Our first make was a series of spiders which involved slices of tube being cut and pipe cleaners poked through holes. I cut the holes once the paint was dry.

    We used four pipe cleaners and this was a fab fine motor skill, the concentration required to thread the pipe cleaners kept him busy for a while and then he went to town with the Googly eyes.

    For our bat, cat and owl, life started in a similar way – squishing the tube down at one end as pictured to make ear shapes. I did this before we started with the paint and it helped Arlo imagine the animal and decide on his colours.

    Our cat was completed with a pipe cleaner tail and whiskers plus a pom Pom nose and the obligatory googly eyes.

    For our owl we made his wings using a half paper plate and feathers seemed like the best idea to Arlo…. and he also required some sequins to bring this creature to life.

    Our bat also utilised paper plate wings, I cut little half moons out of the plate to get the shape right.

    Our squashed frog was a later addition to the party – adding in cut paper for legs and squishing the tube in a different way – painting the mouth pink – and Arlo found in hilarious to hide spiders in his mouth and count them in and out all month.

    The monster here was a leftover after another play project – I originally cut some tubes to use as stampers with paint to make spiders and it only seemed right to add to our expanding brood of creatures.

    Frank completed our family – some how Arlo has become obsessed with Frankenstein and even persuaded me to get him his own little mask, and this bought us up to the end of October and so now it’s time to begin saving the loo roll tubes for Christmas craft projects.

    Toilet Roll Airplane Craft

    Our little spitfires were made during our busy VE Day celebrations, using toilet rolls and a bit of scrap cardboard.

    You will need:

    • One loo roll
    • Cardboard
    • Paper fastener
    • Masking tape
    • Scissors or scalpel
    • Paint

    First things first you need to cut your wing, propellor and fail shapes out of some scrap card. I used a template to do this.

    Then score some horizontal lines in to your roll to slot the wings and tail in. I checked everything fit together at this stage, the marked the spot for the tail piece to slot in vertically before making another small cut.

    I used a paper fastener to secure the propellor to the circular piece of card and then used masking tape to attach this circle piece to the loo roll, making sure that everything rotated well.

    I gave Arlo all the pieces and a selection of green and brown colour paints to go wild. He really nailed the camouflage print without me even helping!

    We went off out for a walk leaving everything to dry before coming home to assemble all the bits.

    It’s as simple as that! Here’s a little 15 second video tutorial: