The recycled toilet rolls in our craft bin had been piling up. The twins had just started toilet training and if I didn’t do something soon, we would be overrun, swimming in a playroom filled with 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.
Toilet Roll Animals
Pig Toilet Roll Craft
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
Gorilla Toilet Roll Craft
Move on a month later and I’m sitting at the table wondering how on earth I’m going to craft a gorilla—a gorilla for heaven’s sake! I did it. I don’t know how I did it, but I did.
Elephant toilet roll craft
We tried to use one whole toilet roll for the body each time. Other toilet rolls were used to make heads, trunks, feet and other extremities. I found the elephant trunk quite challenging but I like a challenge!
Cheetah Toilet Roll Craft
The cheetah was a lot of fun. We especially enjoyed painting this one!
Squirrel Toilet Roll Craft
Miss Poss had never seen a squirrel, so I’m not sure where this request came from but I like squirrels despite the fact that I’ve never seen on. I hope all you US readers think I’ve done an okay job!
Koala Toilet Roll Craft
I was thrilled when a koala craft was put forward. I know them well, they are simply adorable and I didn’t have any problem with motivation to make this one.
Horse Toilet Roll Craft
Horse. I was dreading having to make the horse. I had NO IDEA how I was going to make the neck. Turns out my fears were warranted because I really struggled with making this toilet roll animal craft!
Frog Toilet Roll Craft
I love frogs. I enjoyed this one!
Cockatoo Toilet Roll animals
We have a few activities planned for the animals, and I’ll do a follow-up post on that later down the track.
Why don’t you try to make your own toilet roll animals and recycle those cardboard rolls that just keep piling up too?!
Other animals you can make using toilet/cardboard rolls:
- Beautiful butterflies
- The cutest octopus
- Ten toilet roll snake!
- Little owls
kirri @ kirri white coaching says
I won”t be making any toilet roll animals – It would most likely take me the rest of the year to create something that mildly resembles any of the creatures you have crafted!
I will sit and admire your exquisite work though – pretty amazing 🙂
Naw, thanks Kirri. I dunno, I must have got my crafty fingers from my Aunty Di!
THESE ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank so much for popping over Kell and thanks for making me smile!
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WOW… Penny these are amazing!! xoxo P
Why thanks Mrs P. It wasn’t all me… mostly me, but not all me. Miss Poss did a fantastic job painting them. 🙂
Mud Hut Mama says
These are really incredible -I wish I had half of your artistic talent. I especially love that gorilla!
You do! Remember those awesome turtle costumes, or the funky Gruffalo Piñata! You have the talent. 😉
Mud Hut Mama says
Thank you – I may be a little bit crafty but you have real artistic talent! I love all the details on these.
Looks like some times gone into these, they’re so cool!
I just love the gorilla 😀
Thanks Renee, it took a few months. We only did it when we felt crafty and when Miss Poss really wanted me to make another one for her to paint. We both did enjoy spending the time together.
amber whitehead says
Wow are these ever creative I love the elephant.
Thanks so much Amber. I think that’s one of my favourites. So is the koala. 😉
Wow, these are amazing!!
Thanks so much Kelly 🙂
[email protected] Little Bookcase says
The detail is amazing.
Your blog is looking fantastic by the way.
Thanks Jackie. We enjoyed making them.
Do you think we’ll ever be happy with our website design. I wish I could just accept it all and be done with rethinking it. I’ll get there one day but I’m so glad you’ve noticed the changes and like them 🙂
Sam @ Thrive 360 Living says
Oh how I love these and I definitely will have to try and make them but there’s no way I could make them as cute as yours. I can’t even pick a favorite because I love them all!
JDaniel4's Mom says
These are really amazing! Each one is cooler than the next.