Paper tubes are a staple item for multiple kids crafts or homemade instrument projects. Though paper tubes are available in the form of toilet paper rolls, paper towels and gift wraps, sometimes more tubes are needed than you can possibly save. Also, depending on the activity, you might need different size and strength paper tubes for your projects. In these cases, you can make your own paper tubes.
Things You'll Need
- Sheets of cardboard
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Paper clips
- Close pins
Select the right material, considering length and strength, for your paper tube. Paper, newspaper and construction paper tubes will be weaker and smaller. Newspaper paper tubes will yield longer rolls. Cardboard will yield stronger paper tubes and is only limited by the size of your cardboard sheets.
Decide if you will be rolling diagonal paper tubes or horizontal or vertical paper tubes. This will depend on your project's needs.
Roll the paper tube and attach its ends together with craft glue, hot glue, tape or a combination of materials. If you are using glue that takes some time to dry, secure your paper tube with paper clips or clothespins holding the ends together, or uses rubberbands on the body to hold its shape. Hot glue from a glue gun is helpful because it will provide an instant hold while the craft glue is drying.
Remove the paperclips, clothespins or rubberbands from your paper tubes. Use scissors to trim your paper tubes to the exact size you need.
How to Make a Paper Palm Tree
Paper palm trees are perfect for decorating a tropical themed party or classroom event. They’re fun to make, and a good project...
How to Make a Rocket Out of a Paper Towel Tube
Rockets have exerted a fascination on earthbound individuals for centuries, but particularly in the past few decades when interstellar space travel has...
How to Make a Free Cat Toy from a Toilet Paper Tube
There are tons of simple toys your cat will love to play with, right in your home. There's no need to pay...
How to Make a Cylinder Out of a Sheet of Paper
Knowing that a cylinder is a three-dimensional geometric figure with same-sized, parallel bases might not be necessary in your day-to-day life. However,...
Make a Kazoo with Toilet Paper Tubes
Learn how to make a kazoo out of used toilet paper tubes! Get expert tips on making musical instruments with your child...