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!


Gather some cardboard and a few additional materials to get  set up for some family craft night fun with these Haunted Houses!

Start with: 

  • Cardboard
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock
  • Paper Straws
  • Plastic Eyes
  • Pom Poms

Create it!

Step 1: Cut out squares/rectangles from cardboard and triangles from textured cardboard.

Step 2: Glue the triangle roof to the rectangle to form the house.

Step 3: Paint the houses and allow them to dry.

Step 4: Decorate the houses with cardstock, paper straws, pom poms, plastic eyes and other odds and ends to create your own unique haunted houses.

Choose a night this month, set up the materials and enjoy some family crafting time!

This turkey badge is both festive and fun - the perfect accessory for Thanksgiving gatherings!

Start with:

  • Colored Cardstock
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Safety Pin
  • String
  • Paper Punch (optional)

Create It!

Step 1: From textured cardboard, cut half circle - approximately 5 in. across. (Trace from small bowl or large mug.) This will be the turkey's body. Also, cut approximately 2 in. circle for the turkey's head.

Step 2: From colored cardstock, cut shape of feathers, 3-4 inches tall.

Step 3: Cut fringe along feather shapes on both sides for texture.

Step 4: Glue feathers to cardboard half circle.

Step 5: Cut two white circles for eyes (1 in. hole punch or freehand), two black pupils (single hole punch or freehand), orange triangle for beak and red wattle.

Step 6: Glue eyes, beak and wattle to 2 in. circle to create turkey face.

Step 7: Cut small strip of cardboard. Place approximately 4 inch string underneath and glue cardboard strip on top. Tie string around safety pin.

Step 8: Glue face to body.

Pre-cut the parts and offer as a fun activity for kids (or young at heart) pre or post Thanksgiving dinner!

Robots and upcycled crafts are two of our favorites around here so we combined them for these fun robot marionettes! Robots are so great for using creativity since they can be made from so many loose parts. The recycled items listed below in the materials are just a suggestion - so many objects could be used to create unique robots!

Start with: 

  • Recycled material such as toilet paper tube, small box, etc.
  • 2 frozen treat sticks
  • Cardstock, multiple colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String
  • Single Hole Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Cover paper tube and box with cardstock and embellish with facial features and robot details.

Step 2: Create arms, legs and neck by folding strips of cardstock. Use two sets for arms, two sets for legs with space between them for gluing together to aid movement.

Step 3: Glue pieces together to form robot body.

Step 4: Punch holes between two pieces that make up arms, between two pieces that make up each leg and one in back of head.

Step 5: Tie strings to holes and attach to two frozen treat sticks.

Fun to make, fun to play with! Makes such a fun family art project too!  Encourage your artists to make a small skit featuring the robot marionette and let their creativity shine!