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DIY Upcycled Train

This week’s upcycled item was toilet paper rolls. We have been using these paper rolls for ages in various crafts so I decided to step it up a bit and make something a little different. This cute little upcycled train was the hardest thing we have made during this challenge.

When I was looking for things to make this train looked pretty simple. Paint the rolls, stick some wheels on, tie them all together and voila. Those were the steps but it assembly got a little tricky. When you do this with your kids, you are going to have to do it with them. It also took a lot longer than I had assumed it would because you have to wait for the paint to dry and then the glue on the wheels. and chimney. Work this into your planning.

I am not doing a very good job of selling this craft am I? It is actually a very cool craft to do and we had a lot of fun doing it. We didn’t have blue paint left when we did this so I used some chalk paint which worked a lot better than the poster paints we were using. It dried quickly and looked a lot better than the other paints.

What you will need

5 toilet rolls (or more depending how long yo want your train)

4 different colour paints

String

Bottle caps

Liquid craft glue

What to do

  1. Take one toilet roll and cut it into two parts – not equal parts as these will form the two chimneys.
  2. Take another toilet roll and cut out two circles.
  3. Paint each toilet roll a different colour. Let them dry completely. Paint the two parts you have cut as as well.
  4. Stick two bottle tops on each side. Using the flat side is easier than trying to get the opposite side to stick. Leave them to dry completely.
  5. Poke two holes into the end of each toilet roll and thread the string through each one so that each toilet roll is joined.
  6. When the train is assembled push the two pieces into the holes you cut. Do this right at the end otherwise it will keep falling off.

We have a big box that we throw toilet rolls into, they are great for raining day activities because you can do so many prep free things with them.

  • You could use them as ten pin pins and let the kids play ten pin bowling.
  • Use sticky tape to attach two rolls together and make binoculars.
  • Let your kids see who can build the tallest tower using toilet rolls.
  • They make for cute tunnels for little cars.

Don’t forget to check out what the other three ladies came up with for this week’s challenge. Candice has a cute Mother’s Day craft, Marcia has a pretty easy idea, perfect to set up for kids to do on their own and Rebecca and the boys created the cutest little ninjas.

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  1. 25 March, 2019 / 3:46 pm

    It’s a super cute craft! I will try this with my little boys at home.

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