Making crafts out of empty toilet paper rolls is an economical way to provide materials for art projects. Using the empty tubes helps teach children the importance of recycling. Making the toilet paper roll the basis of the craft is an inexpensive way to turn trash into treasures by incorporating a bit of creativity.
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Put together Mexican bracelets made of toilet paper rolls for an innovative way to teach schoolchildren about art, recycling and Mexican jewellery. Paint some dried beans -- pinto, white or kidney -- with a turquoise acrylic paint. These will represent decorative turquoise stones on the bracelets. Glue some aluminium foil around an empty toilet paper roll or paint it silver. Allow the glue or paint to dry. Cut the toilet paper roll down one long side with a pair of scissors. Cut the roll again -- this time across the width -- depending on how wide you want your bracelets. Each roll can make two or three bracelets. Glue the painted beans onto the bracelets and sequins to decorate the Mexican jewellery.
Making a snake craft out of toilet paper rolls is an interesting projects when students are studying amphibians or nature. Cut three empty toilet paper rolls in half in the middle so that you have a total of six tubes. Paint the toilet paper rolls with light green, dark green and black acrylic paints. Use the paintbrush to form rings around the snake craft, make stripes or even add polka dots with the paint. Allow the paint to dry. Make a hole near the edge of each tube with a hole punch. Connect the snake's body together with paper clips, or tie the tubes together with short pieces of black yarn. Cut a red tongue shape out of construction paper and glue it into one end for the mouth. Glue a pair of googly eyes to the head. Allow the snake craft to dry. Attach a piece of yarn in a hole punched in the mouth area. This allows you to pull the snake toy behind you.
Make beautiful faux candles to decorate during the holidays or any time of the year. Collect three empty toilet paper rolls. Trim the ends of the rolls with scissors so that your "candles" will all be different heights. Grab a bottle of regular school glue and drip it around the outside edge of the tubes. Stand them up on a paper plate to dry. The dripping glue gives the appearance of melted candle wax. Once the glue is clear and dry, paint the tubes with acrylic paint in your choice of colours. Red is an attractive colour for the Christmas holidays. While the paint is drying, cut oval or teardrop shapes out of gold wrapping foil to form the flames of your candles. Glue the bottom of the flames to the inside of the toilet paper rolls. You can display your candles singly or add a drop of glue in between them to hold them together as a larger display.
Children can make their own musical kazoo for a rainy day. They can even have a parade and serenade their stuffed animals and toys. Use either a sharpened pencil or a holepunch to poke three holes into each empty toilet paper roll. Tell the children to decorate the tubes with acrylic paints, coloured markers or glitter glue and allow the artwork to dry. Cover one end of each tube with a circle or square of waxed paper. Secure it in place with a rubber band. Instruct the children to hum on the other end of the kazoo. They can use the finger holes to change the pitch of the music.
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