Easy Toilet Paper Roll Owl Gift Box for Valentines

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We have a bit of a thing about Owls! They are such a hoot! And make great little craft for kids all year round. Whether you are looking for Fall Crafts or Valentine’s Day Crafts, switch out the colours to suit the season. Today, we are making little Toilet Paper Roll Owl Gift Boxes, to fill with a sweet treat or candy or small gift.

Making these owl gift boxes is super fun and easy and can be made with kids of all ages. We had a go at yarn wrapping again – as it is such a fun technique for toddlers and preschoolers and great for those fine motor skills. But it also looks lovely and older kids will enjoy making them too.

As we love to be “practical”, these little yarn wrapped owls, are not only cute decorations, but make a great gift box too!

We made ours as a set of Toilet Paper Roll Valentine’s Owls… but of course you can make these cute owls all year round!

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Add a little heart shaped cut out an dyou have a cute Valentine’s Owl Candy Box too!
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Toilet Roll Gift Box – supplies needed:

  • empty toilet paper rolls (one per gift box – or a cardboard tube, such as a paper towel roll cut in half)
  • paint in desired colours
  • paint brush
  • paper scraps for decorative features
  • yarn in fun colours
  • markers/ pens for any features or details on wings etc
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • buttons or googly eyes

What Valentines Gifts can you pop into your Toilet Paper Roll?

As mentioned, these make great gifts for classmates too! If making classroom Valentine’s Day Gifts, here are some ideas of small gifts you can pop inside your DIY Gift Boxes!

You can also add a love note if you wish 🙂

How to make a toilet paper tube gift box step instructions

Making these gift boxes really is super easy and the supplies needed are most basic! We chose to paint our toilet paper tubes, but you can also wrap them in paper and decorate with paper – whatever you find easiest! You can even leave them in the original cardboard tube colour – as the yarn wrapping, paper wings, googly eyes and beaks will add lots of colour to your craft too.

Paint your paper tubes

Paint your toilet rolls
Paint lots of Toilet Paper Rolls or Cardboard Tubes in one go, ready for owl decorating and yarn wrapping.

Choose what colours you would like to make your gift boxes. We went for red, orange, purple and blues. As mentioned you CAN leave your cardboard tubes PLAIN…. but we did choose to paint ours for that extra POP.

Paint your toilet paper tubes.

As mentioned you can wrap them in coloured paper instead if you wish! But we find paint more resourceful and cost effective.

Let dry fully.

Shape your cardboard tubes into a gift box tutorial

Shape the toilet roll
Shape the top end of your cardboard tube. Then repeat for the other side.

This is the “clever” bit. You need to shape the top and bottom of your cardboard tube to allow it close.

Take your toilet paper tube. With your thumb, gently press the centre of the top rim, so it makes a curve.

Repeat on the reverse side.

You should now have a closed end.

Now take the other end of the roll and repeat.

You now have a basic gift box that you can decorate however you wish!

Decorate your the TP Roll gift box and turn them into toilet paper roll owls

Add the owl’s features

Now you owl will need some

  • eyes,
  • a beak,
  • some owl wings/ owl feathers and
  • some owl feet!

You can make these with any materials you have to hand e.g.

  • Construction paper/ bits of scrap paper
  • Craft feathers
  • Felt
  • Fabric scraps
  • buttons/ googly eyes

In short – time to raid your craft box and see what you have to hand already. Avoid making unnecessary purchases, but use up what you have or recycle some old clothes into fabrics and spare buttons!

Yarn wrap the toilet roll

Tie on the yarn for your child – the small hands of preschoolers will find this difficult, so best to do it for them. Big kids can do this themselves and help their younger siblings.

Then wrap. Personally, we like to leave the top third of the toilet roll “free” for the owl’s big eyes and the owl’s beak. But as with all these crafts, it really is a question of personal preference and what the child wants to do.

You don’t need to wrap a lot of yarn for these to look effective. So if your yarn supplies are low, simply use less! Or if making these in the classroom and trying to economise, only a little yarn is necessary to be effective. Especially if you did choose to paint the cardboard tube first!

Adding the owl featurs to your toilet paper roll owl

Prepare all your features – and glue them into place with either normal craft glue for the classroom or a hot glue gun if crafting at home. Eyes go at the top of the roll. Then the beak. Then glue the wings to the side of the owl – I also tucked them under the yarn at the top, but this isn’t strictly speaking necessary!

Isn’t this the perfect craft for Valentine’s Day? Or make a set of Mom on Mother’s day!

These little yarn wrapped owls are great for preschoolers and developing fine motor skills.. as you can help with cutting out the features and the kiddos can focus on painting, wrapping yarn and sticking the features in place. Great to get little hands involved and practicing those fine motor skills.

I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial and our adorable toilet paper roll owl craft and that you give it a go one day! As mentioned they, make great little Mother’s Day Gift Boxes or birthday gift boxes too. Any owl-lover will adore receiving this!

Related Craft Topics and articles that you may enjoy:

  • We have an extensive collection of homemade Gift Boxes – with many variations on the Paper Roll Box idea!
  • Of course, if we are talking OWLS, you simply must check out these adorable DIY Owl Crafts
  • Toilet Paper Rolls are so so sooo fun to work with. They are versatile, plentiful, biodegradable and therefore eco friendly… check out our extensive idea of fun Toilet Roll Crafts for Kids
  • Finally.. I do think these little owls also make a great Valentine’s Owl Gift Box – especially if you switch out the colours and give the owl heart eyes! So you may also enjoy our Valentines Craft Ideas for Kids
  • Read more about Valentine’s Day and its origins here

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