AHOY Landlubbers! Check out the instructions below for these easy to make – and super-fun – toilet paper pirates! Your kiddo will LOVE making and decorating his/her own little pirate, or whatever other kind of person. Think: princess, super-hero, ballet dancer, construction worker, or even a miniature of themselves or family members!
You will need:
- glue gun
- toilet paper tubes
- small styrofoam balls
- paint or markers (acrylic paints work best and paint markers are great for details!)
- fuzzy yarn in a colour that looks like hair
Optional: sparkly fun foam, pipe cleaners, material, felt, sequins etc. for decorating
Make Your Own Paper Roll Pirate
At one end of the tube, cut out legs. On each side of the tube, cut out an arm and give it a bend for the elbow. The arms are a bit tricky to get right. Make sure to use sharp scissors to get started, and have the hand drop down below the crotch (did I really say that?)
If your kiddo wants to make a hook hand, cut out the arms with a rounded hand, then after the arm is cut out – cut out the hook.
At the head end of the tube, cut out a collar or neckline. Think V-neck, scallops, scoops and shirt collars.
Paint the tube white to prepare for decorating. Acrylic paint works great as a base.
Using a glue gun, put glue on inside of “collar” and stick in the styrofoam ball. Children as young as 7-8 can learn to use glue guns safely, but I would still strongly recommend you stay with them the whole time they are using this tool!
Glue on small pieces of yarn for hair. When glueing on hair, a glue gun works best. Work in small sections and glue the yarn on in little “U” loops to make it look more realistic.
This part is best done by an adult, but if you use longer pieces of yarn, your kiddo can give the doll a haircut to make it look just the way he or she wants. So much fun! Add a hat, or scarf too.
Let your child decorate the miniature person however they like! Older kids may want to paint on clothes, or glue on clothes made out of scrap materials. Younger children can decorate their people with markers. I used pictures of pirates from the internet as inspiration for clothing!
Add the face with permanent marker. Keep it simple, and add expression with the eyebrows and mouths! Have your child practise on paper first so they’re confident they’ll like what they do!
Onetime absolutely LOVES these dolls – and not because they’re all dressed up. When I first made a few little people with just arms, legs, and heads – he enjoyed playing around with them for a while – creating little conversations between them!
This says a lot, because my son, Onetime (two and a half years old), has never been interested in dolls at all, regardless of us trying to be gender neutral with our toy-buying! They are just so cute – with their huge heads and bendable arms!
Last notes: Obviously, I did the decorating on the dolls in the picture, because I wanted to show you different things that could be done with older children. But kids as young as 2 can enjoy decorating their own doll if you’re willing to prep it for them. So many possibilities! A great creative craft for a rainy day!
Hope you give it a try and have fun!
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