Toilet Paper Roll Aliens
* These craft supplies were provided at no cost from me from www.craftprojectideas.com. All opinions are my own.
We absolutely loved making these toilet paper roll aliens. We love making things out of recycled materials and toilet paper roll crafts are always a hit. What I love most about this craft is that your imagination can build any kind of alien you want. There is no limit to what kind of creative creature you might design. These creatures can have as many arms, legs, eyes, noses or ears as you want. They are colorful and bright and can be made by ages 3 and up.
I was given a wonderful craft packet (pictured above) by Craft Project Ideas, and I was immediately inspired by the fluorescent colors. It was one of those craft packs I received that I immediately connected with and knew what project I would create with the kids. There were a few items I had never seen before. The mini craft stickers were new to me. I was also super excited about the Master of the Arts neon paint sticks. I have found a lot of the products given to me by Craft Project Ideas at Walmart, so that is where I would search in your own neighborhood.
Materials Needed for Toilet Paper Roll Aliens
- Toilet Paper Roll Tubes
- Paint, Markers, Crayons or Paint Sticks
- Glue (I used mostly hot glue and let the kids tell me where to stick things so that they would stay together easily, but you can use white glue too. It just requires more patience in drying time.)
- A variety of Crafting Materials – the possibilities are endless (pom poms, glitter glue, pipe cleaners, google eyes, buttons, craft sticks, stickers, yarn, etc.)
Have you seen these paint sticks before? They were new to me, and I really like them. They look, act and feel a lot like glue sticks. They are easy for little (and big) kids to use. They dry a little waxy and give a crayon like final product look. The kids really enjoyed using them. They dry quickly too, and you can start decorating on top of them immediately with slightly colored fingers that wash easily. The first step was to paint the tubes. You could use crayons, markers or other craft paint too.
Next, the kids just decorate. Their imagination drives the alien design. Glitter glue takes a while to dry, so this was a two day process for us. We painted with the paint sticks and used the glitter glue one day. The next day, we decorated. We glued on pom poms, yarn, google eye, and stuck pipe cleaners through the tube to make arms and legs. We even cut up flower stickers and used those as hands and feet.
The kids have had a lot of fun playing with their aliens, and they line a shelf for decoration when they are not in use. It really was a super fun project for all the kids.