Cardboard Tube Owls

I'm a big fan of using recycled materials for craft projects with kids. It teaches them at a young age to think outside the box and find uses for things that might otherwise simply get discarded.

For this craft, we used toilet paper rolls and various scraps of paper to make owls. The kids had a hoot decorating the owls however they liked. At first I was a little nervous they wouldn't be seen as owls to anyone but our family, but once we put on some googly eyes and orange beaks, each creatures' owl-ness was unmistakable. And I'll even go so far as saying they are really cute...(especially when you consider they are made from trash).

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather empty toilet paper rolls around the house. We have a box where we store our trash-to-treasure supplies, which comes in handy for projects like this.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Fold the top of the toilet paper rolls down toward the middle to form the owls ears.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Cut up various scraps of textured and colored paper, pipe cleaners, and felt scraps to use for the craft. Cut the orange felt into little triangles to use for the beak.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Apply glue to the various textured papers and pipe cleaners. We like to use Q-tips to dip our glue in because it keeps my three-year-old from drenching crafts in glue.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Attach wings, textures, beak, googly eyes, and any other decorations you want to use. I think beads and buttons would be fun too.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Final result!

    Now your little owls are ready to display this fall! My daughter likes to show them off to friends when they come over.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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