Ok, I am so super excited to share this elephant zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts for kids with you! Elephants are so much fun.. Dumbo, The Jungle Book, the circus (except maybe not anymore), and of course, the zoo! Read on to see how we made this super cute elephant craft and check out other zoo animal crafts for kids too!
Elephant Zoo Animal Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids
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- 1 toilet paper roll
- 1 sheet blue construction paper or cardstock
- 1 blue foam sheet
- 1 pink foam sheet
- 1 white foam sheet
- craft glue
- glue gun and glue
- black sharpie
- 2 googly eyes
How to Make the Elephant Part One:
- In a perfect world, you would be able to find craft rolls at the store that are already rolled in the color you want. However, in my experience, the available colors are rather limited. No worries.. it is surprisingly easy to cover the toilet paper roll in the color of paper you want.
- You don’t want too much excess paper. Line the toilet paper roll up with the bottom edge of the construction paper or cardstock and make a small pencil mark line to denote the length of the toilet paper roll. Move the roll a few inches down the paper and do the same thing. Take a ruler or straight edge and draw a cut line.
- ‘Wrap’ the construction paper around the toilet paper roll to determine how much paper you will need to cover the roll, but not have too much overlap. Again, draw a rough cut line in pencil.
- Cut out the toilet paper roll footprint. It should be a rectangular piece of paper.
- Place the toilet paper roll at the end of the paper. Line it up so that the ends are aligned.
- Apply a thin line of glue on the construction paper directly in front of the toilet paper roll, where the roll touches the paper. Gently ‘roll’ the toilet paper roll onto the glue so that the end if glued on. Then, squeeze glue, covering the rest of the construction paper. Tip: don’t use too much glue. You don’t want glue oozing out the sides and end of the toilet paper roll like a jelly donut. You just want enough glue to ensure the paper sticks to the toilet paper roll.
- ‘Roll’ the rest of the construction paper around the toilet paper roll. Apply another thin layer of glue on the end of the paper in order to ensure the toilet paper roll is completely covered.
- Trim excess paper as needed.
How to Make the Elephant Part Two:
- The elephant head is surprisingly easy to create. First, cut the blue foam sheet in half. Fold one half in half and cut out a butterfly shape for the elephant ears. If your ears are too big, you can easily trim them.
- For the elephant head, you basically need to cut out a small pear shape from the second half of the blue foam sheet. Don’t use the entire half for the head though. After you cut out the head, draw/cut the elephant trunk, and two semi-circles for the hooves, from the remaining piece of blue foam.
- Cut out the inner elephant ears from the pink foam sheet.
- Cut out two thin ‘tusks’ from the white foam sheet.
- Before you glue the elephant head together, I strongly recommend assembling it so that everything looks the way you want it to. Turn the butterfly ears upside down so the wider end is up. Place the pink inner ears on top of the blue butterfly ears. Then position the elephant head by turning the pear shaped cut out upside down. Slide the two tusks underneath the head and then position the trunk on top of the head.
- Once the elephant head looks the way you want it to, you can start gluing. I would highly recommend using a hot glue gun because with all of the parts, it would take forever for the elephant head to dry with craft glue.
- One more tip: glue the googly eyes onto the elephant head before you glue on the trunk and tusks. That way the elephant face will look proportional.
- Hot glue the entire elephant head together first. Then glue the head to the top of the blue toilet paper roll.
- Use the black sharpie three black lines on the two hoof pieces. Glue those pieces to the bottom of the elephant body for the hooves.
That is pretty much it! A super cute elephant zoo animal toilet paper roll craft!
One final note: Even though I wanted to make this craft with my daughter, I ended up making most of it on my own. My daughter is 2 years old and still working on all of her fine motor skills. She will love playing with this elephant, and all the other zoo animals I am making. However, her involvement in the creation of this craft was minimal. If your kids are older, they will easily be able to do more of the craft than my 2 year old did.
Thanks for checking out this super cute zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts for kids series!
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