You can do so much with what’s left from the toilet paper roll! Well, you can use the carton cylinder left from the paper for your crafts. Our elementary school teachers are always sending requests to bring those empty rolls to school for their creative projects.
We decided to share with you one of the most affordable, yet sophisticated enough craft that you can proudly display and share and even gift. Depending on the occasion, you can find many uses for this easy and colorful project. And your ideas can expand the spectrum of what can be done with it.
Take it away into your craft room or kitchen table and get kids crafting alongside with you!
Toilet Paper Roll Painted Chickadees Are Awaiting You!
All you need are a few toilet paper rolls – or what’s left of the full toilet paper roll – a pencil, paints, a template that is downloadable from this post and your imagination! Take a look how easily it is done!
Easy-Peasy Steps for Your Chickadees Flock
Have Your Kids Trace, Cut & Color the Birds
The Results Are Fun and Cute and Stunning!
Here’s a Stand – Sit Alone – Chickadee!
- 1 or more TP rolls
- 1 sheet of tracing paper
- The TP Roll Chickadee Template provided (Insert link)
- Pencil and eraser
- A pair of scissors
- Acrylic paints in several colors. I used white, green, black, and pale orange, pale pink and pale yellow.
- 2 small paint brushes. One of these should have a fine tip for outlining.
- A paint tray. Use an old plate if you don’t have a tray.
- A painting surface. I used an old cereal box.
- STEP 1: Print out the TP Roll Chickadee Template. (Insert link here). Trace a chickadee on each bottom corner of the tracing paper. Line up the dotted lines under the feet and at the tail with the corner of the tracing paper.
- STEP 2: To turn my tracing paper into transfer paper, I simply use a soft pencil and scribble on the back of my tracing.
- STEP 3: Grab a TP roll. Smoosh it down flat.
- STEP 4: Place your tracing paper onto your flattened TP roll. Line up the bottom of the bird’s feet, tail and belly with the edges of the TP roll. Using a sharpened pencil, trace your bird.
- STEP 5: Turn your TP roll upside down and trace a second bird on the opposite end of the TP roll. Bonus: Each TP roll makes two birds! Now flip the TP roll over and trace birds on the other side too ensuring that beaks, tails and bellies line up.
- STEP 6: Keeping the TP roll flat and cutting through both layers, cut along the top edge of each chickadee. Now cut away the small half circle under each beak. Two chickadees, baby!
- STEP 7: It’s time to paint your birdies! Starting with the lighter colors, I painted the area under the birds light green mixed with yellow to vaguely mimic shrubbery. And then I painted the wings in some other light color: pale orange, pale yellow, or pale pink.
- STEP 8: Now for the finishing touches! Get out your fine tipped paint brush and outline your chickadees in black. On top of that, you’ll want to paint the crown (the top of the head), throat, and feet in black. A small dot of white in the eye makes it stand out nicely.
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