Cardboard tubes are so easy to come by and make a great material for kids to craft with. They can be used to make cars, butterflies, puppets any many, many more things. Your imagination is your only limitation when it comes to the humble cardboard tube.

The thing I love most about cardboard roll craft is that it’s really simple for small children to work with. Painting the tubes is simple, sometimes a little messy, but in a fun way! And decorating and drawing on the tubes is really easy for little hands too. And kids just love how they suddenly come alive when you add the googley eyes!

I’ve turned my attention to Halloween and so I’m crafting a super-easy to make Frankenstein. AARRGGHHHH….. !!!

Cardboard Tube Craft – Frankenstein

You will need
Cardboard tube
Resene test pot in Dizzy Lizzy
Googly eyes
Black Sharpie or a paint pen
A sheet of black paper
Glue (any glue works fine, I just use a hot glue gun because there’s no drying wait time)

What to do
1. Paint your tube in Dizzy Lizzy and let it dry. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the process.
TP roll frankenstein resene Dizzy Lizzy
2. While it’s drying, cut out a strip of black paper that will fit around the top of your tube. Then cut zigzags onto one side for the hair.
TP roll frankenstein 2
3. Using the black paper cut out a fat, small, ‘T’ shape for the bolts, and fold a little tab for gluing to the cardboard tube. Have a look at the picture below for detail.

4. Now glue on the hair, 2 eyes and the T-shaped bolts onto your tube.
TP roll frankenstein 4
5. Finally, use a Sharpie or paint pen to draw on the mouth and stitches.
TP roll frankenstein 5

Be sure to check out our other crafts for all different ages, and hundreds more art and craft ideas for toddlers too.

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Alayna lives in the Horowhenua with her husband and two beautiful children, where she runs Laynescreative.com. She's a qualified primary school teacher with a passion for visual arts. Alayna's work has featured in print and online publications, you can check out her work on her website.

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