Over Thanksgiving break, my Sister-in-law worked with the kids to decorate super cute foam masks with stickers. She was joking with everyone that I would probably make the masks from toilet paper rolls somehow! And, she’s right! I have a strange affinity for crafting with kids and toilet paper rolls. So, I just *had* to come up with a quick TP roll craft for this time of year. The ornaments we made are great for fine motor development and we did it two different ways. This post is for my sister-in-law: Toilet roll lacing ornaments! 🙂
- Toilet paper roll – cut a 1/2 inch or so circle off the end
- Hole Punch
- Thread (or, yarn for younger kids!)
- Pony Beads
- Darning needle or tape the end to help children thread
Start by cutting holes around the toilet roll. I attached some friendship thread by lacing it through one hole and tying it off. We received an amazing box of free craft supplies from Craft Project Ideas! The friendship thread that they provided comes in so many colors – it’s all so gorgeous! While they provided the fantastic craft materials, the ideas and opinions on this post are all my own. I LOVE their craft supplies and so does my daughter! She picked pink and yellow thread and began lacing.
She was able to thread the string without anything help, but I generally use tape wrapped around the end to help children thread (you could also use a darning needle or thicker yarn to help younger children). She called this her spider web and we put it on the tree to see what it looked like.
This is the bulb version! Great fine motor work and super cute. My daughter was so proud! But, as we both looked at it, and we thought that we could make it into a dream-catcher (they have several hanging inside Disneyland’s, “It’s a Small World,” which is my daughter’s favorite ride!). The idea helped to extend the activity and it added a little more detail to the ornament. All you need is three extra pieces of thread and a few beads.
L thread and sorted the beads by color (her decision, not mine!). We used the free pony beads that we received from Craft Project Ideas! Then, we tied the three strands of beads to the bottom of the ornament.
Here’s the dream-catcher version! Great for older kids or for children who would like to continue working on the ornament. My daughter it so proud of this ornament! I bet that most people wouldn’t guess that it is made from my favorite craft material: Toilet rolls! Can you keep the secret??
Do you make homemade ornaments?