I cannot resist a good challenge and we recently tried making something square out of something round!
This is a recycled craft you won’t forget: We made blocks out of TP Rolls!
Please note: This post was originally created for PBS Parents Crafts for Kids and the instructions are no longer available on their website. I’m including directions here now
- Cardboard Tube
- Clear Tape
- Duct Tape
- Washi Tape (optional)
Tube Block Instructions
Time needed: 20 minutes.
- Flatten & fold tubes
Flatten a tube then fold in half and crease along edge.
Repeat with a second tube.
- Mark tubes
Turn one tube 90 degrees and align with edge of second tube. Trace a line along rotated tube. Repeat marks with first tube then make marks on second tube.
- Trim tubes
Cut along the lines. Each tube should now be cut in three equal sections.
- Trim folded edges
Trim three of the sections along one folded edge.
- Make the cube
To make a cube, open up the section of tube to form a square. Now wrap the open-ended section around the first square to cover the open ends. Tape in place.
Decorate with duct tape and washi tape as desired.
- Older kids can make the entire craft from start to finish. Younger kids can help decorate the cubes with tape and the youngest of kids can play with the blocks!
- To trim duct tape for the cubes try this trick: Cut a long section of duct tape. Affix one end to a table edge. Cut a ½” slit in the end of the duct tape. Now pull along the slit and the tape will split into two.
My son is particularly fond of these blocks! They are soft and lightweight and perfect for little ones.
Jeanette Nyberg says
Okay, first of all, this is the best use of toilet paper rolls EVER. Second of all, I want to squishy hug your little guy. That is the cutest photo I’ve ever seen.
this is such a rad idea – the simple ones are always the best <3
Ana Dziengel says