These little guys were based off this site: Card a la Carte - Owls

I did not have the fancy “paper cutting machine” mentioned in the blog, so I pinned the site on Pinterest to work on it another day.  Just looking at the cute little owl made me want to attempt to make one, and after looking around the net a little bit, it turns out that toilet paper rolls can be made into the “pillboxes” that the original website called out for.

The rest’ they say, ‘is history’ as shown in this instructable.

These little guys took me and my children a good three-hours total – at the end of the day after work, waiting for paint to dry during dinner, me punching out hearts and circles and waiting for the glue to dry.  They were also free-to-me as I had all the materials and tools shown in my craft stash.
I did a total of five, and I’m sure many more could be done in two solid hours with this tutorial.

I also wanted to do these with my children, ages 6, 2-1/2 and just over one year old.  There were some hiccups along the way, but for the most part, this project can be done with children.

I could see these being made for treat containers at a birthday party, for Halloween, for Christmas Ornaments, added to lunch boxes with treats and notes – the ideas are numerous.

I hope you let me know what you’ve made them for!

Materials & Tools:
Painting Supplies -
  • Toilet Paper (TP) roll(s)
  • Acrylic paint(s)
  • Sponge brush(es)
  • Paper or newspaper to cover your work space
  • Bowls or plates to place the paint in
  • Smock or other coverings if you are working with children
Paper Crafting Supplies:
  • Coordinating Colors of printed paper that goes with the paint color of your choice
  • Black, white, and either orange or yellow colored paper
  • Heart punches, 1-1/4” and 1-1/2” sizes – mine is an old one made by Creative Memories
  • Circle punches, 1-1/4” and 1-1/2” sizes– mine is made by Creative Memories
  • Side note: I think smaller sized punches would also work.  This is just what I had on hand.
  • Glue – we used stick glue, but I got frustrated with waiting for it to dry on the painted surface.  It still worked, it just took a while holding the paper to the painted roll for it to dry.
  • Optional: Glitter Paint or sticky white raised dot for the sparkle in the eye.
I put the photos of the materials and tools used sprinkled throughout the steps of this instructable.

Step 1: Use a Clean TP Roll

Clean the toilet paper roll of any excess or left over paper.  The glue residue will be covered by the paint.

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