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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!

 

If you've been following along with our #ArtTheAlphabet challenge on Instagram, we are on Letter C week.  Our Cardboard Cactus Crown is such a fun one to make!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock
  • Stapler
  • 1 Inch Paper Punch
  • Single Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a strip of cardboard for the crown band, Staple the ends together.

Step 2: Cut cactus shapes from cardboard. Paint the shapes green and allow them to dry.

Step 3: Decorate cactus shapes using white paint to make dots and lines. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 4: Glue the cardboard cactus shapes to the crown band.

Step 5: From cardstock, use the paper punches (or cut with scissors) to make flowers by gluing the single paper punch piece on top of a circle from the 1 inch paper punch.

Step 6: Cut around the edges of the flower to create a fringe for flower petals.

Step 7: Glue the flowers to the cacti on the crown.

For a birthday or just for fun - make your own cardboard cactus crown! 

Sharing how to make a snowman from a paper bag over at the Red Ted Art blog! Click here for full tutorial.