Upcycled Toilet Roll DIY Valentine’s Day Craft #CollectiveBias

Valentine's Day Toilet Paper Owl

Last year for the kids DIY Valentine’s Day Craft we made super cute personalized cards to give to their classmates, and ever since realizing that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, they’ve been chomping at the bit to get started on a craft project for this year. My apparently crafty son has been saving the toilet paper rolls, stacking them on the bathroom window sill, for what seems like forever, insisting that we can make something fun with them. In the interest of cute valentines day crafts, and de-cluttering my bathroom, we’ve settled on toilet paper Valentine’s owls!

Craft suppliesThe fantastic part about this craft is that you likely have all the required supplies at home already, however if you don’t a quick trip to Michaels, Walmart, or even your local Dollar Store will inexpensively yield you all that you need for this fun project.

We opted to cover our toilet rolls with Valentine’s themed craft paper, however the versatility of this craft allows the toilet rolls to be painted, colored with markers, or even wrapped with fabric or bits of scrap paper for a fun and textured look!

Supplies Required

Supplies Required:

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Scrapbook paper (thinner gauge paper works best I used 6″ x 6″ sheets)
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Googly eyes
  • Felt tipped pen
  • Candies

To get started, you want to plug your glue gun in and get it warmed up. Next, measure your toilet paper rolls to see how much scrapbook paper you need to cover (make sure you have a little overlap). Mine worked out to be 4″ x 6″ which was great as I just had to cut a 2″ strip off which I later used for the owl’s wings.

Using your glue stick, glue the entire back of the scrapbook paper and then carefully line it up with the edge of the toilet roll. Make sure you hold the seam down for a few extra seconds to ensure that it is fully secure. I taped a few of them down, but found it to be unnecessary.

Once your bodies are glued, use the 2″ strip to make the owls wings. Fold the strip in half, and then cut it at the half way point. You will now have two small squares, and one wider square folded in half. Cut the folded piece and then you will have 4 squares to make 2 sets of wings. Cut a leaf type shape out of the pieces to make your wing.

Owl wing cut outUsing your glue stick, glue contrasting/coordinating wing pieces on either side of the owl, keeping the seam to the back of your owl. Hold the sides down to ensure they’re stuck on good.

Next, cut a small kite shape out of yellow card stock or the beak. Gently fold the beak in half at the points so that it has some definition and is almost 3D. Glue the beak on using your glue stick. Now’s the time to pull out that hot glue gun and get to the real business. This is also the part where the adults need to step in. Using the hot glue, add the googly eyes to the top of the beak.

Finally, hot glue the base to the owl, I used foamy hearts from the Dollar Store. They came in red, white, and pink and were guaranteed to coordinate with our owls, plus, the bumps of the heart resembled feet on our finished owls! You can use cardstock, or even a couple strips of tape.

Finally, stuff the completed owls with candy, and fold down the tops to make the ears. Add a to: and from: spot on the back (we just did a from: spot as there wasn’t a ton of room left), and you’re done!

completed owl craft
Their only complaint is that Valentine’s Day isn’t tomorrow!

What kind of Valentine’s Day craft/card are your kids giving out this year?


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