Sara from Sunshine Whispers is guest posting today and has put together this wonderful toilet paper craft for you! A zoo is a popular outing for the summertime. You can do this craft to build excitement for your zoo trip, after you have been to the zoo, or to make your own “zoo” at home!
My daughter loves going to the zoo. We are fortunate enough to live in close proximity to two fantastic zoos, so at she has had many opportunities to see zoo animals up close and personal. Recently, I decided to bring the fun home and create a zoo animal play scene with her! Read on to see how we made this tiger zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts for kids and check out these other fantastic crafts for kids ideas as well!
Tiger Zoo Animal Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids
- 1 toilet paper roll
- 1 sheet orange construction paper or cardstock
- 1 orange foam sheet
- craft glue
- glue gun and glue
- black sharpie
- hole punch
- 1 orange pipe cleaner
- white sharpie paint marker
- dog paw stamp
- black stamping ink
- 2 googly eyes
- pink marker
How to Make Tiger Part One:
- In a perfect world, you would be able to find craft rolls at the store that are already rolled in the color you want. However, in my experience, the available colors are rather limited. No worries.. it is surprisingly easy to cover the toilet paper roll in the color of paper you want.
- You don’t want too much excess paper. Line the toilet paper roll up with the bottom edge of the construction paper or cardstock and make a small pencil mark line to denote the length of the toilet paper roll. Move the roll a few inches down the paper and do the same thing. Take a ruler or straight edge and draw a cut line.
- ‘Wrap’ the construction paper around the toilet paper roll to determine how much paper you will need to cover the roll, but not have too much overlap. Again, draw a rough cut line in pencil.
- Cut out the toilet paper roll footprint. It should be a rectangular piece of paper.
- Place the toilet paper roll at the end of the paper. Line it up so that the ends are aligned.
- Apply a thin line of glue on the construction paper directly in front of the toilet paper roll, where the roll touches the paper. Gently ‘roll’ the toilet paper roll onto the glue so that the end if glued on. Then, squeeze glue, covering the rest of the construction paper. Tip: don’t use too much glue. You don’t want glue oozing out the sides and end of the toilet paper roll like a jelly donut. You just want enough glue to ensure the paper sticks to the toilet paper roll.
- ‘Roll’ the rest of the construction paper around the toilet paper roll. Apply another thin layer of glue on the end of the paper in order to ensure the toilet paper roll is completely covered.
- Trim excess paper as needed.
How to Make Tiger Part Two:
- Trace the tiger head on the back side of the orange foam. The easiest way to do this is to trace a wide circle (part oval, part circle). The add the ears (half circles) to the top of the wide circle. Remember.. it doesn’t really matter if there are tracing marks on the back of the tiger head. If you are concerned about not being able to see the trace marks, use pencil and then erase the marks after you cut out the head.
- Cut out the tiger head.
- Stamp two dog paws onto the orange foam. Use black permanent stamping ink and a dog paw stamp. (Mine is from Stampin’ Up, but paw stamps are very common). Cut the two paws out, close to the paw outline. Try to cut the paws in a half circle, so that there is a straight line at the bottom of the paw.
- To make the tiger stripes, start with black. Free hand draw stripes on the toilet paper roll craft with the black sharpie marker. Tip: Use the seam of the construction paper glued to the toilet paper roll as the back seam of the tiger. This means that when you draw the tiger stripes, you want to leave an orange space in front, directly across from that back seam. I found it helpful to trace the outline of the black stripes for each side of the tiger, and then color them in. I drew four stripes per side. Additionally, I drew the tiger stripes all the way to that back seam. That way the tiger appears to have stripes from all angles.
- For the tiger head stripes, I drew two larger face stripes, a small accent stripe just under the ear, and two mini stripes coming down from the head.
- To add a cute flourish, use a white sharpie paint marker to draw/paint white stripes in between each of the black stripes.
- Use the black sharpie to draw on the nose, mouth, and ears. If you want a pink tongue, draw one with the pink marker.
- Glue the googly eyes on with either craft glue or the glue gun. Note: My daughter did help with the googly eyes, but the eyes proved to be a little small for her to manipulate, so she lost interest quickly.
- Use a glue gun to affix the tiger head to the front of the toilet paper roll, and use the glue fun gun to affix the paws to the body of the toilet paper roll.
- For the tail, use the hole punch to punch a small hole about 1-2″ above the bottom back of the toilet paper roll. Note: you will have to squeeze very hard.
- Cut the orange pipe cleaner in half and feed one end through the hole so that the short end is inside the toilet paper roll. Tie a knot and not glue the knotted in to the inside of the toilet paper roll. This will anchor the tail. Cut the remaining pipe cleaner to suit your taste and twist the pipe cleaner around a pen or pencil to mimic a swooshing tail.
There you have it! A tiger zoo animal toilet paper roll craft!
One final note: Even though I wanted to make this craft with my daughter, I ended up making most of it on my own. My daughter is 2 years old and still working on all of her fine motor skills. She will love playing with this tiger, and all the other zoo animals I am making. However, her involvement in the creation of this craft was minimal. If your kids are older, they will easily be able to do more of the craft than my 2 year old did.
Thanks for checking out this craft. I hope you have fun making zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts with your kids too!
Finally, thanks to Tammy for giving me the opportunity to guest post on her fantastic blog!
Sara is a mom who loves God, loves her family and friends, and loves to have fun! She is seeking the ever elusive work-life balance and having a blast keeping up with a beautifully spirited little girl!
You can find Sara at her blog, Sunshine Whispers.