Craft a Jungle with Our Cardboard Critters


Ready for a super cute craft for kids? Our cardboard critters are so easy to make, you can craft an entire jungle in a single afternoon

Ready for a super cute craft for kids? Our cardboard critters are so easy to make, you can craft an entire jungle in a single afternoon! Gather up those toilet paper rolls that you’ve been saving for a rainy day craft marathon, pull out the paint and get ready for some fun! The hardest part is deciding which animal pal to make first!

Related Posts: A Little Bird Craft for Kids to Brighten Your Home!

Cardboard Critters Craft for Kids

Cardboard Critters craft for kids

Affiliate links include below.


  • Empty cardboard toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • Paint in various colors (I recommend washable paint, to save you headaches in the laundry room!)
  • Foam paint brushes (easier for little hands to control)
  • Black  marker
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper

How to make:

Paint your cardboard tubes in different “animal” colors. For example, the tiger is orange, the pig is pink and so on. Set them aside and let them dry.

Meanwhile, start working on the ears. Cut the construction paper down into small rectangles and fold in half. Draw the ears, then cut out the shapes, making sure to go through both halves. That way, you have a matching set of ears.

Go back to your now dry tube and use the black marker to draw on any special markings for your animal. Add the stripes for the tiger. If you’re just winging it and letting creativity run wild, let your child go nuts here and make any design they want! Animals in the imagination are sometimes so much cooler than those found in nature.

Glue your googly eyes onto your cardboard animal. Then add the ears! Draw on a mouth, nose and any other embellishments. That’s it! Your cardboard critters craft for kids is done! This is a great craft for parties. Just be sure to start saving up those toilet paper and paper towel rolls a couple of weeks in advance. We save them in a huge bag because you really never know when you’ll need them. Although my supply is low because the PTO recently asked for donations for an upcoming event.

What do you think of this cute cardboard critters craft for kids? What animal would your kids make with it?


Related Posts

30 thoughts on “Craft a Jungle with Our Cardboard Critters

  1. Those are the cutest and really easy to make! I would love to make these animals with my grandsons!

  2. These are really cute. We use to do these when I was little. Haven’t thought about them in years

  3. This is such a cute dea and prett easy to do with the little ones looks like alot of fun

  4. This would be a fun project to do with my 2 year old. He’d love to help with the gluing!

  5. these are cute and super easy to make! Thanks, my kids will enjoy making them

  6. This is cute. My daughter would probably like to make Reindeer for Christmas.

  7. These are so cute! I have some toilet paper rolls saved that I could use to make these with my little guys.

  8. Such a simple and sweet craft! My daughter loves animals and crafting, so this is perfect!

  9. I love this idea. My daughter would want to make a whole herd of cats.

  10. Good use of materials. Will give this idea to my little sister. Thank you!

  11. Lol, these are really cute. They would be great for pre-school crafts!

  12. This is such a creative idea and my son loves playing with toilet paper rolls.

  13. This will be a great spring break project. Its been raining the whole time.

  14. These are a great way to spend time with the kids on a rainy day.

  15. These are so cute and adorable! Love them! Thank you for sharing with us at the Brag About It Link Party!

  16. So cute! I’ll have to pin this for a rainy day with the kids because I KNOW my four year old would love this. She would definitely want to do a doggy one! Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week!

  17. Very cute! Thanks for linking up at Idea Box! Hope you come back next week and show us more of your fun crafts!

Comments are closed.