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Toilet Roll Crafts: How to Make an Owl

Updated on March 22, 2014

Want to turn a pile of empty toilet roll tubes into something beautiful? How about an adorable bejeweled flock of toilet roll owls?

It's super easy to create these lovely birds using just old loo rolls, some paint and some basic embellishments. You don't even have to raid a craft box - you can use feathers from a nature walk, old scraps of material left over from other projects or old clothes, and so on.

This easy tutorial shows you step-by-step how to create a beautiful loo roll owl with your child!

Photo Credit: All photos are copyright of the author (2014)

Time required: 10-20 mins (plus 1-2 hours for paint drying)

Difficulty: easy

Cost: £0


  • Empty toilet roll tubes
  • Paint (I used pearlised acrylics to get the gorgeous gem-like sheen but you can use poster paints, acrylics or ready mix kids paints)
  • Feathers
  • Scraps of material, card or foam
  • Embellishments such as buttons, beads, sparkles, sequins etc


  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sellotape


1. Take your empty toilet roll and bend the top in like this, then repeat the other side so that one side folds over the other...

2. ... and looks like this. Unfold again and paint your choice of colour

3. Leave to dry (this can take an hour or two depending on the paint, or leave overnight to dry. It's a good idea to pre-paint them before you sit down to do the craft with your little one). Put a little tape on top of the folded "head" to keep the fold in place

4. Decorate the owl with your embellishments!

5. You could stick feathers in the holes of the top fold for ears, stick on googley eyes or use buttons, create a beak out of foam or material or a sparkly gem, add scraps of material for wings, and then more feathers for a tail. This is the one my 4-year-old daughter made

6. You can also generally decorate with sparkles and other pretty things. Here are some more examples from our home ed group - I love the wonky eyes on the tall owl!

7. More examples from our group. Ages range from 2-6, so even the smallest crafters can have fun with this!

Hoot Hoot! Ever made crafty owls like these, or are you going to?

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      ChocolateLily 4 years ago

      Really cute! I'll keep it in mind.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I have seen a lot of toilet paper roll crafts made in the past, but I do believe these are the most adorable!

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      ohhhh that's cool. Need to save up my paper rolls