Friday family fun day paper craft project- TP crafts


Whoops, forgot to post this Friday for you all. It is my husband’s birthday this weekend and we were out having our own fun. Guess life just got too busy for a post. Anyway, better late then never like they say. So lets rename this post Sunday Fun day. Hope you all are have a beautiful Sunday morning. Have fun with this little craft project where ever you are out there in the world.


Now that summer is here and the kiddos are out I figure some of you might need some fun projects to keep them busy. I kind of got off track there with my craft post for kids and that was a major goal of mine to share with all of you when I first started blogging. I started out with a lot of kids craft projects in my early blog post but you will have to go way back to check those out.


For the next couple of months, every other week, I will have a Friday paper craft to share with you guys. Kind of make it into a Friday family fun day. To encourage everyone to get off those electronic devices and sit together either outside or inside making beautiful art and memories together.

It is so important to spend quality time with your children, all ages, all levels and just create things with them. Those memories you make together will be the best gifts that you can give them. So put those phones and Ipads down and lets do some fun crafts together.


Supplies needed:


Paper TP roll. If you use an empty paper towel roll or wrapping paper roll, just cut up into smaller pieces.

Twine, yarn or colorful strings

Tacky glue or Elmers glue (any generic school glue is fine)

Glue gun (optional)

Buttons, faux flowers, beads, embellishments to decorate with.

Ribbon (any color)

Spanish moss


This is not one of my original ideas, what I am about to share with you guys. It was years ago that I saw this craft somewhere and thought it would be perfect for a craft class. Sometimes up north I will teach arts and crafts to the children in that small town where Our Little Red House is.


In the city there are all kinds of programs for kids to sign up for that cost money of course. But up in those small mountain towns where ranchers live, those children don’t have programs like that.


That is when I decided to bring my own supplies and create art with them. I try to keep the cost down because supplying everything for everyone can get expensive if you aren’t careful. TP roll crafts are an inexpensive way to create art with.


First step is to glue the bottoms of your TP roll. Just add some glue inside and pinch to close.


Hold in place with a clothespin.


Once that is dry, start wrapping twine or yarn around your TP roll. I used a dab of low temp glue to start the wrapping process. I used tacky glue every now and then while wrapping the rest of the way.


You can use yarn, twine, colorful embroidery threads. The creative world is yours…create away.


Let that dry, then add a ribbon to the inside of your roll. This will be used to hang your roll up.


Fill the inside of your TP roll with moss, flowers, prizes and whatever you want. They make great little treat bags to hang on doors as a surprise gift for people. Or they just look pretty hanging in your homes.


I filled one of my rolls with this tiny teddy I made from an old coat. It is string jointed, so it’s arms and legs move. It fit perfectly inside with a bunch of flowers from my garden.


You can leave the outer area plain.


Or you can decorate it by adding flowers, buttons or ribbons.


This is a fun project to do for Christmas as well. I might try to do this as a Christmas in July project if I am up north. Think the kids up there would love a little holiday cheer during the summer.

DSC_6294.JPGThink how adorable these would be filled with mini bottle top trees, chocolate covered foil treats, and a pretty little handmade ornament.


Special note- Children with Autism Spectrum disorders, depending on their sensory issues, should be okay with this craft project. This is not a messy craft, although the glue might bother some and it takes some fine motor skills to wrap the TP roll. Even if you have to hand over hand this with your little ones that’s okay because you are working together to create something pretty. Use whatever they love in their lives, their obsessions, to fill their TP rolls with. It could be their favorite super heroes. There are stickers everywhere for that. Or maybe they have a special treat they love eating. Hang this on their door and every now and then put one of those treats in it. If wrapping twine or ribbon around the roll is a little hard for their level then have them paint theirs. Turn this craft into a speech lesson on prepositions. Remember, whatever level, everyone should have the opportunity to learn and create.


Happy Crafting everyone.DSC_6297.JPG

Next paper craft will be a star banner…this is a fun one to do together as well. With all my paper craft projects I will include something from nature, either being in it or using something from it. It is not only fun creating together but also exploring out there in nature.

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. ekurie says:

    Very sweet & innovative craft idea, thank you.

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    1. You’re very welcome.

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  2. Liz says:

    Beautiful and cheap to make, yet the quality is brilliant. A lovely item to make.

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  3. ruthsoaper says:

    So cute. I had to bookmark this.

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    1. Awww…thanks. I like the fact that this is a frugal craft and easy too.

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  4. krc says:

    supercute TP roll craft! very pretty decor pieces!

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    1. Thank you. That little deer with the big eyes and grin was given to me years ago. I just think it is so adorable. I use it in my photos now and then to pass on smiles. It makes me smile every time I pull it out which is usually for holiday decor. It gets around a lot. Have a Happy Sunday.

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      1. krc says:

        awesome deer gift!
        cool how it can be used year-round!

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  5. kat says:

    This is so cute, and so timely! I’ve been trying to come up with fun crafts for my kids to keep them busy and teach my oldest some crafty skills he’ll need for Kindergarten, and it’s been a bit frustrating. This is perfect! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be posting next!

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    1. Thanks Kat, all these crafts I am sharing I did with my own kids when they were little. Keeps them occupied that’s for sure. Favorite part for me was that you can take these projects (well most) anywhere with you to do. I always had paper and crayons in my purse when they were little for those moments where we had to wait for something. You know, like doctor visits, restaurants, even movies. Kids get bored so easily.

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  6. Heheh you say any age, any level. I can see us doing a project and you telling me that your kids did better when they were toddlers hehehe 🙂 That Alley did better that me hehe 🙂

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    1. I know, so funny. Some of us are blessed with that artistic ability to do just about anything while others struggle no matter what age. No matter how much my aunt tries to teach me to crochet I just can’t do it. Instead I try to get my aunt who is in her 70’s to color with me…she just gives me a look and smiles. Coloring is calming I tell her. It is all fun though even if it turns out silly. I love laughing at my crazy mistake.

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      1. I know and I still try. Some things turn out fine, others I blame on hubby 🙂

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  7. Dandelion B says:

    I cant wait to have my nieces with me on summer holidays, we love creating all summer long, This mama of mostly adult kids needs kid craft time! lol. these are adorable, I wonder if one could pre glue a bunch with hot glue then the kids can do the twine. I’m thinking these would make cute xmas tree ornaments!

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    1. Oh yeah, you can use glue guns and make a bunch to have the kids decorate. I ended up doing about 2 dozen pre-made ones for a craft class. I always suggest tacky glue when it’s a kids craft so as not to hurt their little fingers. I was suppose to head up north last year for a holiday craft event in that small town but then the snow storms hit them hard and the road was closed down into town. Perfect for Christmas ornaments because you can tuck in little gifts and put their names on the fronts.


  8. Chandra Lynn says:

    This is sooo cute! I might try this one!

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    1. Thank you, And everyone has TP rolls around, might as well put them to use. You could probably even put a tiny succulent in them to pass out as gifts to adults. They would look so pretty hanging from a decorated chair at a wedding party. Each guest would get one to take home.

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      1. Chandra Lynn says:

        Wow! That is a great idea. I’m going to start saving those TP rolls again!

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  9. Camie says:

    I like your Friday family fun day! This is a great craft. I like t.p. crafts.

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    1. Me too, I used to make these cute little horses with T.p rolls. Unicorns are all the rage right now, bet that would be a cute project to do as well.

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  10. These are so cute!!! Oh my goodness – just adorable.

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  11. This is awesome!! I love these type of crafts 💗

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    1. Thank you Lisa. Paper crafts are always a ton of fun. I always have a fresh box of crayons and a whole pile of construction paper in my house for anyone that gets the urge to create.

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  12. This is so cute! What a great idea!

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  13. This is so adorable! I loved the teddy bear you sewed!

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    1. So sweet, thanks Renee. You know, Teddy bears just aren’t as popular as they used to be. I still love them, they always put a smile on my face.

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      1. I know it’s sad! My youngest daughter had one she would not go to sleep at night if she didn’t have it! We even took family portraits with it in her hands one time! 🙂 I love teddy bears that have the antique look!

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      2. They are the perfect snuggle toys for children who hate going to bed alone at night. I also love the old fashioned mohair teddies from long ago.


  14. Oh my! So so cute! And happy birthday to your husband 🎉🎊😊🌸


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