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Crafting with toilet paper rolls in the summer: 10 simple and fun ideas for children aged 3 years and older

Crafting is fun in every season! If you are looking for a creative activity for your little ones, then you can use simple household materials such as cardboard rolls and conjure up beautiful creations with them. We’ve collected some great summer craft ideas that are sure to go over well with kids between the ages of 3 and 10. Check out our ideas for crafting with toilet paper rolls in the summer!

Crafting with children in summer: cute sea animals

Decorated fishes crafting with toilet rolls in summer

Summer is time for sea and beach. For this reason, sea creatures are always a good idea for crafting in the hot season. But what water creatures can kids make out of toilet rolls? Below you will find a few ideas and tips for crafting.

Making fish out of toilet paper rolls

Toilet paper roll fish cutting instructions

To craft some colorful fish, you should first cut the cardboard rolls into the right shape. First, press the roll flat and cut out a round shape at one end. Then cut out two triangles at the other end to form the tail. Then paint the paper rolls in desired colors and decorate with sequins or small circles of tissue paper to form the fish scales. Glue two wiggle eyes to each side and two cardboard fins to the back and belly. The fish are then ready for fun summer games or a small display.

Crafting a crab from a toilet paper roll

Crab craft from cardboard roll idea for children from 3

You don’t need any special skills or step-by-step instructions to craft with toilet paper rolls. A good idea and a few common materials such as colored paper, pens and scissors are completely enough.

The crab is one of the most interesting sea creatures for kids and makes a great craft idea for summer. Stick red paper on the toilet roll and make the other parts from the same paper. Let the child finish the crab by gluing all the parts in the right place.

Cute octopus craft idea for toddlers

Making octopus from toilet paper roll in summer


The cute octopus is loved by all children! He is currently very popular as a soft toy, but you can also make a cute toy out of a toilet paper roll. To do this, you should simply paint the roll and cut the bottom half into eight parts to create the arms. Finally, paint or glue the dots and paint a cute face.

Craft frog from a toilet roll

Frog craft idea for kids as a game

Whether you want to keep your little ones playful with paper crafts or explore their creative side, this frog craft with toilet paper rolls is just the thing for them!

The best summer days are the ones when our kids are having fun outdoors. And there’s nothing better for fun outdoor adventures than a cute little frog to accompany them!

This craft project is really simple. You can either wrap the paper roll with green construction paper or paint it green. Then use a stapler to staple one end of the toilet paper roll closed to form the frog’s body. Cut a long piece of string and staple it inside the toilet roll. Cut a strip of red paper and glue it to the inside of the roll. Add the frog’s eyes, arms and legs and attach the bow tie.

Turn the toilet paper roll into a mermaid

Mermaid crafting with kids in summer


Among the most popular underwater creatures are mythical mermaids. Every little girl wants to become a mermaid and swim with a mermaid tail. This craft idea will not turn your princess into a mermaid, but will create a beautiful toy for summer games. Make all the parts from colored construction paper and turn the cardboard tube into a pretty mermaid.

Craft bees with toilet paper rolls

Making bees with toilet paper rolls as a fun children's activity in summer

In summer, bees and also other insects are perfect for fun craft projects . You can turn the toilet paper rolls you collect into these cute buzzing bees that have bubble wrap wings. This is a quick and easy summer craft idea for kids. All that’s needed is paint, craft cardstock and bubble wrap – all things you may already have at home.

Cute cacti craft with cardboard rolls

Making cacti from toilet rolls yourself big and small

Cacti and succulents make beautiful, low-maintenance decorations for the home, and these crafts made from loo rolls will certainly brighten up the kids’ room.

Craft the large cactus first by cutting off a cardboard roll and rounding off the top. A kitchen paper roll is more suitable here. Draw 2 arms on the remaining piece and cut them out. Paint all the pieces green and glue the arms in the right places. Make small X marks all over the cactus with white paint and thin brush and glue on wiggle eyes.

For the small cacti, cut the top of a toilet roll so that the front is rounded and there is a small strip at the bottom. This will help the cactus stand upright. Then paint the roll green and paint dots or dashes with white paint. Glue a small pompom to the top and add eyes if desired. Finally, paint cups from the egg carton with light brown paint to look like pots and place the small cacti in the egg cups.

Make summer fruit out of toilet paper rolls

Fruits craft with toilet paper rolls in the summer

If you’re just looking for a fun activity for a rainy afternoon in the summer, you can use acrylic paints to turn toilet paper rolls into seasonal fruits. Use a variety of painting techniques and have fun doing it.

How to make pineapple and watermelon from a cardboard roll

Lemonade jars craft in summer

Summer craft idea for kids lemonade glass from toilet roll

For fun role-playing games, you can also craft these lemonade jars with toilet paper rolls with the kids. For this, you should just paint the rolls and stick inside a straw and a cocktail umbrella. Quick, easy and fun!

Colorful popsicles craft with toilet paper rolls: Video tutorial

In the summer your kids love to eat popsicles? Then take advantage of a hot day to craft the cold treat out of toilet paper rolls. It’s really easy and the finished crafts are perfect for a sales roll game. You can find the instructions in the video above.