We LOVE Toilet Paper Rolls – they are a plenty and surprisingly versatile. As we love this craft material so much – especially for younger children, who can craft all day long and use up HUGE amounts of craft supplies in a short period of time – my lovely friend Amanda at Crafts by Amanda and I, challenged ourselves to bring you an ABC of Toilet Paper Roll Crafts.. not any old TP Roll Crafts mind you, but ANIMAL TP ROLLS!! Hooray. I confess.. our journey through the ABC is NOT in order.. but we will bring them all together for you in one place at the end. I recently shared D for Dragon Fly Craft.. today we have an adorable TP Roll Koala Craft.
Crafting with Toilet Paper Rolls
The key thing to remember when craft with TP Rolls, is that there are lots of different ways to use it. You can stick things on, you can cut things out and use them as flaps, you can stick tip rolls together or you can cut them up into little pieces and then stick them back together again. You can add sticks as legs or have animals with “no legs” that still look cute. You can connect to marionettes, or keep them simple as one tp roll wonders. We hope that this series doesn’t only inspire you to make some super fun ABC Animals, but also gets you to look at a toilet paper roll in a whole new way – and see the wide and varied potential.
The other thing to note – is though we frequently use paint in our animal crafts – you can leave your tp rolls plain – often has a great rustic looking effect, or you can replace paint with paper/ gift wrap/ tissue paper or felt – whatever craft medium takes your fancy and suits your needs. This applies to these us extras such as googly eyes – stick them on, or don’t and you will have a different “final” effect animal. We also like using masking tape (vs ordinary tape), as you can easily paint over masking tape with most paints.
TP Roll Koala Bear
The TP Roll Koala Bear is an example of where you shape the toilet roll without the need for cutting it. It is also an example of how an animal craft can look finished, even though you haven’t added all the details – in this case the arms and legs.
Materials per TP Roll Koala:
- 1 TP Roll
- A little grey and black felt (though cardboard, or another painted TP Roll cut apart can be used)
- Clothes pegs
To Make your TP Roll Koala:
First paint your TP Roll grey to give you that lovely Koala grey. If you are not using felt, you may choose to paint a second TP Roll in a light grey and a bit of black for cutting apart in the next step. Let your Toilet Paper roll(s) dry fully and then move on to the next step. If you don#t want to use paint (which I totally understand!), experiment with wrapping the TP roll in grey paper or light grey material to create the body of your TP Roll Koala??
Now that your grey tp roll is dry, you can cut out some felt ears, a tummy and big black nose. As mentioned, you can use the 2nd TP roll cardboard for this too.
As per the photo above squeeze the top of your TP Roll together and push the sides in at the same time. This will shape your TP Roll Koala’s head.
Insert the felt ears, into the sides that you pushed in. Apply lots of glues to ears and the top of the head and secure with clothes pegs whilst it dries. You will have to be a little patient and wait for this stage to dry. Alternatively you can use a hot glue gun, which does speed up this step in the making of your toilet paper roll koala!
Whilst the ears dry, you can already glue on your tummy and nose and add some beady eyes in black pen to your Koala Craft.
Your Toilet Paper Roll Koala is DONE!!!
As you know we are a GREAT fan of Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids – and have MANY MORE easy TP Roll crafts and ideas for you here – grouped into handy categories for easy browsing!