Cardboard Tube Children & Snowmen

Cardboard Tube Children & Snowmen

Cardboard tubes are one of my favorite mediums. They are definitely readily available and I always have some in my supply stash. They are easy to transform into fun little characters, and that’s exactly what I was thinking when I came up with this little snow scene. Do you remember building snowmen with your friends? Going sledding? Having a snowball fight? I do. Fondly. :) And so the cardboard tube children and their snowmen were born.

Cardboard Tube Children & SnowmenI’ve always loved crafting. Creating something from nothing is so relaxing to me. This particular project literally brought a smile to my face. While I was painting faces and cutting out mittens, I couldn’t help but smile as they all came to life.

Cardboard Tube Children & SnowmenAfter all, they were all the center of a roll of toilet paper in a former life. What better reincarnation than as a happy child playing in the snow?

Cardboard Tube Children & SnowmenIf you just want to make some with your kids you can simplify a bit, like I originally intended to do with these. But my creativity got the better of me and I found myself happily embellishing their little construction paper clothes.

Cardboard Tube Children & SnowmenWho knew toilet paper could eventually bring me such happiness??

Cardboard Tube Children & SnowmenThe tree line in the back is very simply green construction paper cones on craft sticks. I used different colors of glitter paint and dotted on the lights. The snow is just white paint blobbed on with a paint brush, all willy nilly like.

Cardboard Tube Children & SnowmenI painted the “flesh” area first for the faces. Then I wrapped them in construction paper. The children’s hats are made from dollar store toddler mittens. You know, those pretty much useless and cheap mittens that don’t keep your kid’s hands warm and unravel after 2 or 3 wearings? Those. They’re cute, and perfect for little hats. The scarves are just strips of felt, fringed at the end, another step you can skip to simplify this craft. The snowmen are wearing ear muffs fashioned from pom poms and chenille stems and I’ve added some buttons too.

Cardboard Tube Children & SnowmenTo make these with the kids you can use googly eyes instead of paint and skip the extras like boots and mittens. I chose to cover a sheet of Styrofoam with Sno-Tex paint, you could skip that step too if you wanted too.

Cardboard Tube Children & SnowmenI hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Well, you probably won’t enjoy them as much as I did, but I hope you like them anyway. :)


32 Responses to Cardboard Tube Children & Snowmen

  1. 1
    Rena says:

    Love these! And perfect timing — as usual!

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    Barbara "Cookie" says:

    You can’t help but smile when you look at these little snow people ,,Thank’s Happy New Year..

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    Erika says:

    These are so unbelievably cute! I think I’ll make a whole winter-scape with my class of kiddos. Thank you!

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  5. 5

    These are so cute! I love the pink cheeks:) Great work Amanda!!


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    Sui Mode says:

    Looks Perfect!

  7. 7
    Acemi CaDı says:

    Happy New Year 2012.. (^_^)

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    Carolyn says:

    These are adorable!!!

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    Jesters Brew says:

    This is a neat idea! I like crafts that reuse things that are just going to be thrown away. It is very green, and awful cute too! :)

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    Darlene Jante says:

    These are so cute! You have done a great job!

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    These are so cute! We are definitely going to try these this week.

  12. 12

    As always very sweet! Love the children!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


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    Vicky says:

    These are so cute! I am just loving your little snow village. I am a new FB follower and shared a link to this on the Mess For Less Fb page. I am visiting from Someday Crafts. Vicky from Mess For Less

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    Brittany says:

    Amanda, these are adorable! I made a posterboard gingerbread house with different characters but we only made one snowman. Now I want to make more! Thanks for sharing! :)

  15. 15

    The faces on these guys are so stinking adorable, Amanda! Love them! What a cute winter scene.

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    Cherry says:

    Very cute idea – love these little snowmen!! Will have to keep this idea on hand to use with my grandkids.

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    Sherri says:

    These are so cute! I would like to share this post on my website with a link back to yours. Would this be ok? I just started my blog last week and still have a lot to learn about sharing and linking. Thanks.

    • 18.1
      admin says:

      Hi Sherri :)

      You are welcome to use one of the photos and link directly to the tutorial on Crafts by Amanda. I appreciate the mention, thanks!

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    Kimberly Turner says:

    Questions about the snowman…did you paint the tubes white (inside and outside) or is there a brand of toilet paper that has a white tube?

    They are adorable and can’t wait for the class to make these!

    • 21.1
      Amanda says:

      You know, honestly I don’t remember! I do know that there are some toilet paper manufacturers that use white tubes, and that may have been the case with these. However, you can have the kids paint regular tubes with white paint, or a less messy alternative is to wrap them in white paper :)

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  23. 23
    Lynn says:

    These are sooooo darn cute!!!! Thank-you!

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    jet says:

    aaaw they are all sooooo cute, love it, well done.
    thank you for the sharing.;-D

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    Joy says:

    Love it! I will definitely be “borrowing” this idea for my Make & Take table at the library. Thanks.

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