Easy Cardboard Tube Robot for Kids

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A super cute toilet roll craft blast from the past! Make a Paper Roll Robot with us!! We made this little guy.. way back when my son was 4yrs old. It was SO FUN to make. Thought you would enjoy cardboard tube robot too.

Cute Toilet Roll Robot Craft for boys & girls!

paper tube craft robot

I am a huge huge HUGE fan of cardboard tube crafts.. mainly because we have them in abundance in our house. This little Toilet Paper Roll Robot is a perfect little Crafts for Boys and Girls of course!

This little guy has once again inspired hours of fun in our house. Which is great for those long long holidays. He also forms part of our home made “puppet theatre”, where we have a range of wonderful characters.

cardboard tube robot

Supplies needed to make your Toilet Paper Roll Robot:

  • The Cardboard Tube Roll – kitchen paper towel roll or toilet paper roll
  • Robot colored paint, we had some metallic blue. But grey or black or silver would work well too. Though of course any colour would be lovely!
  • Silver corrugated card or tin foil
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Paper
  • Googly eyes (though these days I would make my own paper owns and be more eco friendly)
  • Embellishments: pen, sequins or buttons or paper scraps

How to make a Toilet Roll Robot (easy!)

cardboard tube robot

1 Paint the paper roll & paper

Paint the toilet paper roll in robot colors. This will be the robot’s head and body.

Use the same paint to paint some strips of paper in the same color! The strips of paper will be used for the robot’s arms. Ideally, paint them both sides.

I used metallic acrylic paint, but you can replace it with tin foil or wrapping paper or ordinary paint, which you then varnish if you want to!

2 Cut the corrugated card or tin foil

Once paper roll has dried fully, cut out a piece of corrugated card or tin foil to fit around the middle of the paper roll. This is the robot’s body.

Glue it onto the roll.

As mentioned: You could also use some contrasting plain card, tin foil or felt!

3. Robot Arms Witch’s Ladder

Now it is time to make the arms. These are “Witches Ladders” and consist of two strips of paper folded over each other.

Glue them at right angles to begin with and then take turn folding them.

Once ready, glue on arms. I used an elastic band to keep corrugated card and arms in place whilst they were drying on.

easy robot face

4. Add the Robot’s Face

Stick on paper googly eyes, a mouth (white paper & pen drawing).

Of course if you want (and you have some) pipecleaners and pom poms, you can make some robot antennas and stick them to the inside of the head.

robot buttons

5. Robot Details

Finally, add some sequins for buttons. You can draw paper ones if you wish. We had fun by adding one different colored button as the on off switch!

finished paper tube robot

Done! You have one little cardboard tube robot. What do you think?!

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