Published on November 22nd, 2013 | by Kristen Swain11
Turkey Day Paper Tube Fun
Paper Towel tubes, or Toilet Paper tubes. These darling little tubes make the best creatures and people fun for younger kids. I remember sitting at the kids table on Thanksgiving, being sooo bored while the adults talked and laughed and reminisced. I thought that having these little dolls would make a great distraction for the kids while dinner was going on, keeping them interested enough to sit at the table a bit longer – a little turkey day paper tube fun!
Having the Pilgrims and Indians, along with the thanksgiving turkey should be quite the delight for the kids to have some play time.
You can easily recreate these toilet tube people with just a little paint, some cardstock and glue, markers and punches.
I apologize for the lack of instructional photos, I just created these guys on the fly.
Overall, I painted each tube, one flesh color for the pilgrims, another flesh color for the American Indians, and an orangey color for the turkey. I also squashed the tubes down a bit, so they were wider then round, so I had more surface space to work on for the fronts of the toys.
When creating the faces, I added a circle punch for the back of the eyes, and then a simple hole punch from the office supply store for the eyeballs (white). You can find a smaller hole punch for the black part of the eye, or dot it on with a marker. I added tiny little lashes for the ladies as well. Then I used the hole punch for the nose, and drew on the eyebrows and mouth.
To create the rosy cheeks, I used pink chalk, but an old powder blush will word as well, just apply with a q-tip.
Each outfit and hair was created by wrapping a piece of cardstock around the tube, then cutting where needed. The hair was a 1 inch block cut from the middle of a piece of cardstock. Then the girls got a bit of a wave cut in at the top to make girly hair. The pilgrims had V’s cut to make their white drape. And for each arm, I rolled a tube, cut it to size, flattened them and glued them to the sides. With an oval hand. Buckles are a square punched and black square punched, but again, you can just draw the inside square with a black marker.
For the turkey, I cut a pear shape in brown cardstock, and two hearts for his feet. Each feather is a sharp oval that I just cut the edges to create a feather. I also cut a heart for his tummy. I punched the eyes, and added a rounded edge triangle and his wattle is fairly easy to cut.
The Indians have more feathers on their headbands, which are simple straight pieces that I drew designs on. I cut a v shaped piece for the girl, then fringed her top and bottom. Feet are just ovals. I simple cut the bottom fringe for the man.
The male Pilgrim’s hat was just a rounded piece, with an extra strip for the band. Feet are both ovals with another square buckle. The lady’s headwrap is a piece wrapped around her head, then cut strips around her face.
I hope you will try these fun play toys, they would be great for kids to create on their own, if mom is feeling like the kids need a little art project to keep them occupied while everyone is off from school!.