When the school I teach at finished a new campus and moved into it, I saved as many of the large cardboard tubes from flooring that I could. I'm an art teacher and I always try to save good junk, even if I don't know what I'll use it for. The last time our school moved, more than ten years ago, I saved some of the carpet tubes and made a jungle in one of the hallways. I had similar plans for these tubes, but my wife intervened. She is the principal of our Early Childhood Center (age 3 through kindergarten) and wanted a set of giant Lincoln Logs for the kids to build with. After spending some time searching online for a free plan or tutorial on how to make them and not finding one, I sat down and figured it out myself, first with paper towel tubes and then with the flooring tubes. The tubes I used mostly came from a linoleum-type flooring, but any large tubes would work, I think, probably even PVC pipes. PVC pipes would be good for an outdoor fort, whereas carpet tubes would obviously last longer indoors than out. Fortunately, this project was designed to be used in an indoor playroom.
I am a teacher, and my job is to share knowledge and teach skills to others. I get annoyed when others won't freely do that also, and so I am now going to freely share with you what I have learned the long way. I hope it will save you some time and that you'll have fun with this project.

Step 1: Make a Model to Get the Idea

Before cutting up any of my limited number of large tubes, I first sat down with some paper towel tubes and figured out how to go about it. I would recommend doing this step if you're the type of person that needs to try something with your own hands in order to get your head around it. I am. I will explain in the following steps how to do it but my pictures will be mixed because I've had to go back and recreate some of the steps that I didn't originally take photos of; some will be of paper towel tubes, some will be of the full-size tubes, so just do the same thing with the paper towel tubes if you want to make the model for practice. Measurements don't matter, the process is the same no matter what size tubes you use.
<p>i have just aquired a 3 ft linoneum tube, and would like to make toys and hideys for my parrots, trouble id i dont know what theyre composed of ,is there glue involved in the making of them? </p>
Hi,<br>I don't know if there's glue involved, but there must be some kind of binding agent to keep the paper together. Whether that's glue or something else, I don't know.<br>Sorry I can't help you more than that.<br>Good luck with your project.<br>Bob
Thanks! I love it when I make something and somebody else wants to make it, too. That's when I know it really was a good idea.
That is just epic
I love this! I bet the carpet and linoleum people never thought about this happening with the tubes. Great job and free materials, too!
Thanks! I keep lots of junk and reuse it later. I just wish I had a lot more space to store more valuable junk!
Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone. <br>I think I know what you (ksdtoday) mean with the cup holders. That would look good.
Awesome!!!! The kids must love it.... I would have, still do lol
cup holders from starbucks for a roof
I love that you let the kids help/use power tools. Great job, dad! <br>
This. Is. Awesome. Now I want a gazillion carpet tubes so I can make a monstrous fort!
Great job. I always like recycling/repurpose projects. Well done.
Awesome. You should build towers of those things and have castle wars.
That is the most awesome thing I've ever seen! Do I need to have kids in order to build this?
I don't think you need kids in order to build it, just use more tubes and make it taller. :D
Wow! This is great!
Awesome, I love playing with Lincoln logs!
This is so fantastic. :D What a great use of those tubes!

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Bio: Art teacher and jack of all trades, master of none.
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