Even though I’m calling the material we used for these sculptures cardboard tubes, it’s just a euphemism. What you really need to start saving are those toilet paper rolls!
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The kids LOVED making these sculptures! The pieces easily stuck together with regular white glue, so it was not a frustrating kind of experience. They flew through the rings, which made me realize that I should have cut double the amount.
SUPPLIES FOR CARDBOARD TUBE SCULPTURES
~ Toilet paper rolls, cut into circles (about 5 or 6 circles can be made from each tube)
~ Exacto knife – this makes cutting the circles way easier
~ Cardboard base
HOW TO SET UP CARDBOARD TUBE SCULPTURES
1. First step, cut the circles. I used an exacto knife, but it does take time. Do it at night while you’re watching Netflix 🙂
I can’t actually remember how many TP rolls I cut up, but I’ll guess around 40. There were around 200 circles. Only four of my campers were doing this project, and they worked until they ran out. I could have doubled or tripled the amount and they would have kept making, and building higher! It was really fun and easy.
PS: The white tubes are from Cottonelle toilet paper.
2. There are no rules, other than don’t use too much glue. One child used so much glue that even after two days of drying, it still wasn’t dry. A little dot will do it!
3. Let the glue dry overnight, then it’s time to paint!
I just LOVE these faces. This young artist made a man and a woman.
After I posted about this project on Instagram, a few of my followers were inspired enough to give it a try with their own kids. The following are some of their masterpieces that I wanted to share.
These are from Kara and her daughter Kinley. Her IG account is @raising.kinley. I love the varying circle widths, and the bright colors, and the height on that bottom one! Thanks for sharing these with us, Kinley!
Anna Blackman and her little students made these sculptures. Follow her on IG at @mimosa_montessori. I thought it was so interesting how the cardboard circles were first painted, then glued. Thanks for sharing your technique, Anna!
Please tag me on Instagram @artbarblog if you try this one. You can also use the hashtag #artbarinspired.