Painting is fun and while we usually use paintbrushes, it's nice to mix it up once in a while and use something different. We reused plastic forks to create a distinct texture for this lion craft.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Plastic Fork
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock or Colored Paper
  • Pencil
  • Circular Object to Trace, optional
  • 1 inch and Single Hole Paper Punch, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Draw or trace a circle in the center of a cardboard square.

Step 2: Place yellow paint around the circle on the piece of cardboard.

Step 3: Using the fork, paint strokes away from the center of the circle to create the lion's mane.

Step 4: Place dots of orange paint around the inside of the mane.

Step 5: Again, use the fork to paint outward from the center, adding to the lion mane.

Step 6: Cut a nose and ears from cardstock and glue to the center of the circle for the lion's face.

Step 7: Use the paper hole punches or cut eyes from cardstock and add to the lion's face.

Step 8: To finish the lion, cut a mouth from cardstock and add just below the lion's nose.

Whether you are working on letter L, studying lions or just looking for a new project, this one is fun and you likely have all the materials on hand already!


I've seen so many fun characters and animals made from paper rolls but believe it or not, I don't think we've ever made animals from paper rolls! I decided to change that with a fun family craft afternoon. To prep these simple to make paper roll koalas, I painted the rolls and let them dry ahead of time.

Start with:

  • Toilet or Paper Towel Rolls
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock - gray, white, black and any colors for accessories

Create it!

Step 1: Paint the toilet or paper towel rolls and allow them to dry.


Step 2: If using paper towel rolls, cut them in half or thirds to make a smaller size.

Step 3; From cardstock, cut ears and glue them to each side of the top of the paper roll.

Step 4: Cut an oval from cardstock for the koala stomach and glue it to the lower center of the paper roll.

Step 5: Cut an oval or teardrop shape from black cardstock for the nose and glue to the paper roll.

Step 6: Cut eyes from cardstock and glue to the paper roll.

Step 7: Add any details you'd like to finish your kola.

Super easy to set up and so fun to see how everyone in the family makes their koala unique!


Mythical creatures are always interesting and we used a recycled paper towel roll to make this fun one!

Start with:

  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • Plastic Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a paper towel roll and some extra cardboard. Allow them to dry.

Step 2: Cut halfway through the paper towel roll until reaching the last 3 inches or so. These need to remain uncut for the dragon's head.

Step 3: Gently bend between each of the cuts to bend the tube into an arch shape.

Step 4: Add eyes to the uncut portion of the paper towel roll.

Step 5: Cut strips of colored cardstock. Roll the ends by wrapping around a finger or pencil.

Step 6: Glue the colored cardstock to the dragon's mouth for flames.

Step 7: Cut wings from painted cardboard.

Step 8: Glue the wings onto the dragon's body.

Step 9: Cut a tail from painted cardboard. We added an upside down heart shape to the end of the tail.

Step 10: Glue the tail to the end of the tube.

So fun to use recycled materials and turn them into something new!




We really enjoy using items from the recycle bin to create something fun and new. Some paper towel rolls and a box make the perfect base for this little ice castle!

Start with:

  • Small Box (we used a cracker box)
  • Paper Towel or TP Rolls
  • Extra Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Egg Carton

Create it!

Step 1: Glue paper rolls to either side of a small cardboard box.

Step 2: Cut the rounded portions from an egg carton and glue to the top of each of the paper rolls.

Step 3: Paint the castle and allow it to dry.

Step 4: From cardboard, cut windows and a door. Paint them and allow them to dry.

Step 5: Glue the door and windows to the castle.

Step 6: Add pipe cleaners to the castle for ice - hanging off the towers, around the door, etc.

We also made a little pipe cleaner and pom pom crown for the tiny figure we used for the princess of this tiny ice castle. With additional paper rolls and boxes, made additions to the castle or other buildings for a town!