Squid Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 5 and up, with some adult assistance required for younger children

Things you’ll need:
Upcycled toilet paper roll
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
Cardstock in a color close to the acrylic paint shade
Googly eyes
Hole punch, awl, or anything else to punch holes

Things to do:

  1. Protect your work surface, then paint the toilet paper roll with two coats of acrylic paint.
  2. While the toilet paper roll dries, cut eight 10″-long strands of yarn.
  3. Create a triangle hat by first measuring the distance across the center of the toilet paper roll, adding about 1″. Using a pencil, draw a straight line across the cardstock that is the length of that measurement.
  4. Next make a mark at the top center of the triangle about 2″ from the bottom.
  5. Draw a line that’s 3/4 ” high from the bottom of the triangle up. [squid-5]
  6. Draw a diagonal line that connects the top of the 3/4 ” line and the center top of the triangle.
  7. Repeat the diagonal line on the other side of the triangle.
  8. Cut out the triangle.
  9. When the paint is dry, cut two slits into the toilet paper roll straight across from each other.
  10. Insert the triangle by pushing it into the slits. If your triangle wiggles out, you can add an optional dot of glue on each side to hold it in place.
  11. Punch a hole at the bottom of the toilet paper roll, about 1/4 ” from the bottom. You can use a hole punch, or you can use a needle or other sharp tool. Insert the yarn through the hole halfway. Note that if you used a hole punch, you can probably slide the yarn through the hole without any problems.
  12. Tie the yarn in a double knot at the bottom of the toilet paper roll.
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 around the bottom of the toilet paper roll, spacing eight holes evenly. If you’d like you can add more or less holes.
  14. Add two sticky googly eyes to the toilet paper roll, centering them with the triangle top as best you can.

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