Thursday, 11 May 2017

Tubescapes - TP roll craft for kids

toilet paper roll craft

This craft is all about the tubes! 
Really easy to make and a fun little homemade gift to give someone. We've got a few different ideas here, but there are all kinds of other scenes you could try if you want to have a go at your own tubescape.

All you need is:
Toilet paper or kitchen paper tube
Kids' craft scissors
craft glue or glue stick
Coloured or plain paper
Fine black felt-tip or gel pen
Hole punch (optional)

1. The cityscapes were the first ones we tried. Flatten your cardboard tube (shorten to about 10cm/4in. if you're using a kitchen paper one). Draw a pencil line across your tube, a few cms (about 1in.) up from the bottom edge. This will be the road. Use a ruler and pencil to draw high-rise buildings - make them different sizes.

2. Cut down the creases, either side to the top of a building. To make it easier to cut around the outline, cut down to the other top corner of the building, bend this flap of card out and cut it off.

3. For the daytime cityscape, paint the background blue, the road dark grey and the buildings a lighter grey.

4. Once that's dry, add short downward strokes, or dots with the fine black pen for the windows - this takes a bit of time, but it's worth it! Then add any detail you want with paint and a fine brush. We added a sun, trees and little cars ( just a dab of coloured paint for the cars. When dry, draw on wheels with the black pen), but it's really up to you. You could cut out a yellow circle for the sun, as we did for the desert island scene.

5. For the night cityscape - follow the same instructions, but paint the whole of the front part yellow and the background black.

6. Once the paint's dry, use a black pen (and a ruler if you want) to colour in the high-rise buildings leaving little rectangles of yellow. (again, time-consuming, but worth it). Colour some windows in though, so it doesn't look like all the lights are on... 
On the road, for headlight beams, you could draw triangles on their sides, then colour around them with the black pen. Cut a moon out of plain paper and if you have a metallic pen, dot on stars.

toilet paper tube craft

7. For the desert island, flatten the tube and draw a line across, about half way up. Draw your island on this. Cut down the creases to the line and cut around the outline of your island. Draw and cut a small palm tree from the leftover card.

toilet paper roll craft

8. Paint the sky, sea, island and palm tree. Once dry you could paint on the sun, but we cut ours out of yellow paper and drew an orange spiral on it with a felt tip pen. Add some white foam to your sea to make it look more wavy if you want. We also drew a shark's fin with the black pen and added birds. Glue or use sticky tape to attach the palm tree to the back of the island.

toilet paper tube craft

9. For a pretty meadow scene - paint your tube green. While it's drying, draw simple shaped butterflies or bugs on coloured paper and cut them out (or draw them on plain paper and colour-in or paint before cutting out). Add any detail with the black pen. 
For the daisies - cut a thin strip of plain paper and cut four similar lengths from it (all about 2cm/3/4in. long). Cross them over each other to make a daisy shape, and use a glue stick to glue them together in the middle. For the centre, either use a hole punch to punch circles from a piece of yellow paper and glue in place - or paint the centres with yellow paint.

10. When the tube is dry, cut zig-zaggy grass - make the strands different heights and widths and keep them lower at one side, so you can see through to the back.

Love to hear your tubescape ideas!


  1. I love these, they are so sweet! I always have a stash of toilet roll tubes on standby, this will be a nice project for the weekend!

    1. that's lovely to hear! Thank you :)

  2. I love these. With the cityscape it would be really effective if you poked little holes through some of the windows and put one of those little battery operated tea-light candles in the bottom! :)