Toilet Paper Tube Caroler

Fabric craft

This is an easy project to do with bits and scraps on hand. No glue required!

1. Place your selected fabric under the tube. Fold over about an inch of the fabric from both the top and bottom edges so that the fabric is the exact height of the tube. 

 Toilet paper tube caroler craft

 2. Folding gives a neat, hem-like finish to the top and bottom edges of the fabric. The fabric should be long enough to wrap all the way around the tube with about an inch of overlap.

Toilet paper tube caroler craft

3. Make the face with a piece of card stock or thin cardboard. The width of the face should be slightly less than the width of the tube. 

 

 

Toilet paper tube caroler craft

4. Add facial features. Copy the expression I used or invent your own! Consider making a template so you'll have consistent face sizes if you make multiple carolers.

Toilet paper tube caroler craft

5. Wrap the fabric around the tube, then fold the face tab over the edge of the tube. Make sure the face is on the opposite side of the tube from where the fabric overlaps.

Toilet paper tube caroler craft

6. Tie a scarf around the tube to hold the face and fabric in place. Try using a pretty ribbon, fabric scrap, felt, or any other material that seems suitable.

 

Toilet paper tube caroler craft

7. Add a hat. I used a baby sock turned inside out with the toe area tucked into the sock, secured with a thin silver cord. You could also use a fabric scrap or felt, embellished in all sorts of ways. If the hat droops, try stuffing a few cotton balls inside.

Toilet paper tube caroler craft

8. Mittens. Again, make a template for consistency. If you use paper that is patterned on only one side, you'll need to distinguish between the right and left hands to ensure that the pattern faces outward.

 

Toilet paper tube caroler craft

9. Attach the mittens by carefully sliding them under the scarf. If the scarf is on tightly and you've made your mittens with long enough arms, everything will stay securely in place. Almost done!

 

Toilet paper tube caroler craft

 

10. Make a tiny book. I made mine by stacking a few pages, folding the set in half, and stapling along the crease to form a binding. You could decorate the cover with designs or words that make it look like a song book.

 

Toilet paper tube caroler craft

 

 11. Place the book in the mittens by cutting small slits at an angle in each mitten. Use your mitten template to cut out some mittens and experiment to get the correct angle and length.

12. Make more choir people for a caroling party. Cut some toilet paper tubes to half or three-quarters height to make children and use various lengths of paper towel tubes to create taller folks. 

It's especially fun to produce a whole toilet paper tube caroling party with a group of kids at school or Girl Scouts/Girl Guides. Encourage the kids to draw unique facial expressions and decorate the covers of the song books. Have fun!


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