Making More Monsters

The other day, I realized that it’s been awhile since I posted a good kids’ craft!  I’ve been so busy getting the holiday series up and running that I haven’t showed you what Little Crafter’s been up to lately {and trust me, he’s always up to something!}.  So, today, I thought I’d give you a glimpse at our latest craft playdate with our buddies the M Family.
We got together the day after Halloween and I pulled out a variety of craft supplies for the kids to choose from.  The first thing they wanted to do was paint these little trains.  It just cracks me up how serious they get when they “work.”
Then, since everyone loves a silly monster, we decided to make some even though Halloween was over.  Hey, who says you can’t have a monster buddy all year long?
Here’s how we made them and you can too!


toilet paper rolls
construction paper
craft glue
googly eyes
pipe cleaners
 foam shapes
any other ‘accessories’ you want to use

First, we cut the construction paper to size.  Then, we adhered it to the rolls using scrapbooking adhesive.  Next, each person decorated his or her monster using the various accessories {provided by!} to give it personality!  I originally saw this idea on Pinterest; they painted their rolls, but we found that the construction paper meant we didn’t have to wait for them to dry before we added the faces.  Here’s a pic of our inspiration.
Pinned Image
 And here’s our version.  From left-right these were made by Ms. Brandee, E-girl, Little Crafter, me, and Mr. O…and of course, there are the trains they painted too.
 These monsters meet all my requirements for kid crafting: fun, easy, and best of all…FREE!  We already had all the stuff here at the house, and hey, it’s upcycling something that would be trash, right?  Hope you enjoy the idea!  Happy crafting!
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20 comments on Making More Monsters

  1. I am LOVD
    November 8, 2011 at 4:02 PM (4 years ago)

    You had me at googley eyes!!!!!

  2. MiMi
    November 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM (4 years ago)

    Aw, those are CUTE!

  3. D @ The Shady Porch
    November 10, 2011 at 6:24 AM (4 years ago)

    How fun! I love anything deemed as refuse, that is made useful, even if only for awhile…like tp roll art, crafts, whatever! I’m still looking for cool ways to use them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear
    November 11, 2011 at 5:49 PM (4 years ago)

    Love free projects! These little guys are great! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  5. Carrie
    November 12, 2011 at 11:04 PM (4 years ago)

    So cute! Thank you so much for sharing at Crafty Moms Share!

  6. Erin
    November 13, 2011 at 3:57 PM (4 years ago)

    Totally adorable!!!

  7. Cheryl @ Sew Can Do
    November 14, 2011 at 1:12 AM (4 years ago)

    Great idea that’s easy to do any time too. I’ve featured it as the Kids Can Craft “pick of the Week” at the newest Craftastic party. Thanks for linking up at Sew Can Do:)

  8. Amy Bowman
    November 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM (4 years ago)

    You are featured at Anti-Procrastination Tuesday tomorrow! Thanks for linking up!

  9. Liberty
    November 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM (4 years ago)

    These turned out soooo stinkin’ cute!! Love them!

  10. andie jaye
    November 15, 2011 at 6:01 AM (4 years ago)

    i saw those ones with folded tops done up as owls! they’re so fun! thanks for linking this up to last week’s tip-toe thru tuesday party! i hope to see you again this week!

    andie @ crayonfreckles

  11. Laura @Art For Little Hands
    November 19, 2011 at 3:05 AM (4 years ago)

    Monsters are good any time of the year. Yours all turned out so cute. My kids would love playing with them more than making them in many ways. Thanks for sharing with us at Monday Madness on


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