Toilet Paper Roll Art Actually Worth Keeping
Spring break is approaching, and all the
horrors joys of having the kids home ALL DAY with it. What to do? What to do? Art project!
No, I haven’t lost my mind and I don’t hate you. Trust me. This one is easy and only requires a little bit of advanced prep. I even did this with my son’s Pre-K class – 16 kids at once – and I’m still alive.
Ok, You’ve Convinced Me. Now What?
This is not rocket science. Seriously, this is all stuff I did with the TV on a few days ahead of time. It’s not a high concentration activity, and the kids can help.
Prep this stuff ahead of time:
- toilet paper rolls (remove the toilet paper first) – you’ll use about 2 per kid
- scissors or a paper cutter
- colored paper (mostly green but other leafy colors will work, too)
- white glue
Cut the toilet paper rolls into ½”-¾” sections so you have a bunch of little rings. It’s okay for them to be pointy on the ends; you want them to look like leaves. Just smush the tubes lengthwise and cut. I used a paper cutter, but scissors will work just fine.
Take your little rings and use some plain white glue around the edges to stick them to the colored paper. Let them dry completely. Then cut around each ring, so you now have a bunch of “leaves” with a colored backing. Set these aside for craft day.
Today’s the Day!
Here’s what you’ll need to create your art piece:
- small canvases (I buy the value packs of canvas at Michael’s & it usually works out to be about $1 per canvas). You could also use cardboard, foamcore, wood or any other stiff backing – use whatever floats your boat or whatever is easiest to get ahold of.
- your toilet paper roll leaves
- small sticks – we used sticks we found in the yard, but if you don’t have cooperative trees, pipe cleaners or other stick-like materials will work
hot glue gun to attach the sticks to the canvas – this is the only part the kids can’t do
- white glue
Send the kids outside to gather sticks – one per canvas. Now go have a cup of coffee, they’re going to be a while. Score one for mom!
When the kids return, pick the sticks that will work and hot glue them to the canvas. Then stick the toilet paper roll leaves on around the stick to look like leaves. My method is to pour a little white glue into a shallow dish (a paper plate works well), then take a small paintbrush and brush the paint onto the back of the leaf and stick it to the canvas. Press it down gently and it should stick. Pressing up from the backside of the canvas will help, too.
Once all the leaves you want are attached, let them dry then hang your masterpiece. My sample and the one my son did in Kindergarten hang in our kitchen, and I always get compliments on them when people come over.
If you’re not into leaves, we also made flowers and butterflies in class using pipe cleaners instead of sticks (perhaps some of my lovely readers will share their kid’s masterpiece from class last year – hint, hint!). If it’s fall break instead of spring, try using gold, orange and red paper for your backing. Be creative, and if you do this craft or have other ideas, please share. I’d love to see how yours turn out!
Bonus: these make great homemade gifts. So if your kid was in my kid’s class last year, and you already have one of these in your house, take note! Think grandparents … Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, or whatever occasions you have coming up. Homemade art from the kids is always a hit!