Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer

Make a Christmas reindeer using a toilet paper tube and cardboard.
Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer craft


  • Toilet paper tube
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • White glue
  • Poster paint or acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Red pompom
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Keep the craft knife out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 1. Draw a pair of lines spanning half of a toilet paper tube's circumference near both its edges.
Step 2 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer Ask for an adult's help.2. Make a slit following each line you drew.
Step 3 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 3. Create a pair of legs following these steps:

(1.) Make a circle by tracing the base of the toilet paper tube onto cardboard.
(2.) Define the length of the legs by drawing a horizontal line below the circle. Draw a pair of vertical lines to mark the outer edges of the legs.
(3.) Draw another pair of lines between the first pair to define the inner edges of the legs.
(4.) Cut out the entire piece.
Step 4 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 4. Create an identical piece to make a second pair of legs.
Step 5 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 5. Apply glue along the top curved portion of each pair of cardboard legs before inserting them into a slit on the toilet paper tube. Push the piece gently until its curved edges are touching the inner walls of the paper tube.
Step 6 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 6. After positioning both pairs of cardboard legs, your toilet paper tube should be able to stand well. You may also notice that the cardboard leg pieces cover the openings on both ends of the toilet paper tube.
Step 7 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 7. Draw a reindeer head onto cardboard or construction paper. Start out with a basic shape like an oval or a trapezoid, and then draw a pair of ears as well as a pair of branching antlers.
Step 8 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 8. Cut out the reindeer head and glue it along the top portion of a toilet paper tube edge. Use white glue for a construction paper head but you will need a stronger adhesive such as hot glue gun or tacky glue for a heavier cardboard head.
Step 9 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 9. Draw and cut a tail from cardboard or construction paper. Fold a small portion of its base to make a bottom tab. Glue the tail by its tab from the inner portion of the paper tube edge opposite the head.
Step 10 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 10. Once the glue has dried, paint the entire reindeer with poster paint or acrylic paint. Remember to paint on hooves and use a different shade of brown for the antlers.
Step 11 Toilet Paper Tube Reindeer 11. Complete your reindeer by gluing on a pair of wiggle eyes and a fluffy pompom nose. You may also make a scarf for your reindeer by tying a fabric ribbon around its neck.

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