By General Crafts Contributor Mina, from the blog Mina’s Journal.
Make these cardboard tube holders for your pens and pencils to organize your craft area or funky up your desk. An easy ‘rainy day’ activity or for when the kids say they are ‘bored’. Most houses will have the basic materials at hand.
These were made with help from a wee guy who just turned four. He had a lot of fun deciding what colors the arms and feet should be, applying the paint with a sponge and loves to stack them like a totem pole. Maybe I’ll make up some tribal tubes for just that purpose. His two year old brother likes to put them in different orders, sometimes color, sometimes according to the shapes on them. (I haven’t quite worked out his logic!)
- cardboard tubes
- card for the arms
- acrylic paints
- thick black marker
- wiggly eyes
- white glue
- craft knife
Base coat the cardboard tubes. I used cut pieces of kitchen sponge. It provides a quick and even coverage.
Decorate the tubes with a marker. Use simple shapes like stars, swirls, dots, stripes.
Glue on the eyes. Add faces. A few well placed lines to show expression is all you need.
Cut out base from card and glue to the bottom of the cardboard tube. You can download some base shapes to use.
Or download plain shapes to use as a template. Resize them if you need to.
Cut a rectangle from matching card for the arms. Make a slot in each side of the Pen Pal with a craft knife to place the arms through. Bend the middle of the arms to the inside of the cardboard tube to make more room inside the tube.
Add pens to your pals, and you’re done.
Easy Craft Ideas
- Further embellish with ribbon or yarn bows for shoe laces
- Use glitter glue to add some sparkle to your drawn designs
- For small children, let them put stickers on the cardboard tubes instead of painting them
- Draw eyes instead
Have fun and Happy Crafting!