The recycled toilet rolls in our craft bin had been piling up since the twins started toilet training and if I didn’t do something soon, we would be overrun, swimming in a playroom of faintly ocean fresh-scented cardboard rolls. What’s worse is that my mum started to collect hers for me too. What could I do with them all? We needed a project, a BIG toilet roll project.
So, we got one—toilet roll animals.
Over a couple of months, every few days I’d sit down and craft an animal out of toilet rolls.
‘What animal would you like me to make today, Miss Possum?’
And each time she’d reply with a completely different animal from the last.
I’d craft it and she would paint it. Then once it was dry, we’d add a little more detail on each. We used three craft items: toilet rolls, a good craft glue (or super glue for the hard drying parts) and acrylic paint.
Our first creation was a pink pig, which I haven’t added into this top photo simply because it’s been so well-loved that it’s fallen apart now and therefore won’t be showing up in any of the later activities. Here’s a picture of it in its former glory
When I look at them all lined up together below, it really does bring me joy. Joy because Miss Possum and I spent time together, joy because they look amazing and joy because we completed our mission by using well over 25 toilet rolls in the process (although they’re already piling up again!).
Why don’t you try to make your own and recycle those toilet rolls that just keep piling up too?!
Other animals you can make using toilet/cardboard rolls: