If you have been to this blog before you will know that my son and i love animals. Our favourite days out are spent going to animal sanctuaries. Birds are a species that are easily overlooked, they’re not as tall as a giraffe or as cool as a lion but they are certainly beautiful! My niece and nephew recently gifted my son with a peacock feather and this inspired my son to make his own peacock pal. After a bit of playing around we eventually came up with this little cutie – doesn’t he look fab!
Here’s what we used.
Blue paint and paintbrush
Eye stickers (optional)
How to make our TP roll peacock.
Coat your Tp roll in your peacock blue paint and then put it aside to dry.
Whilst your peacock’s body is drying you can work on the tail. Take your paper plate and cut it in half. Keep one half and put the other aside.
Glue your coloured feathers down following the shape of your paper plate.
Once your peacock body is dry you will need to make his face. Give him two little eyes and a folded triangle beak.
Cut out two little elongated feet and fold a tab at the end of each one. Use these tabs to stick your feet inside the bottom of your TP roll, then fold your feet outwards.
Cover the back of your TP roll in glue and then align it centrally and inline with the bottom of your paper plate before sticking it down. Your TP roll peacock is finished! Doesn’t he look awesome?
We’ve already began putting up our Christmas decorations and the house is starting to get that cosy Christmas feel with the lights and the tree. Although thanks to tiny hands the tree decorations are noticeably top heavy and a little sparse at the bottom! This year is the first one where my son really understands what’s going on, so its a big deal for us and him. That’s why this year were going full grotto and making as many decorations as we can and I absolutely love these cardboard tube Santa with reindeer we made today!
To make your Reindeer
You will need
Cardboard tube Brown paper (we used brown package paper) Brown pipe cleaners Pom Poms Googly eyes Glue Scissors
Take your carboard tube and place it on to your brown paper. Measure and cut a piece the same height as your tube and long enough to cover it. Glue one end of the paper into place on your tube then roll the length of the paper around the tube and glue down the loose end.
To make your antlers; fold your pipe cleaner in half to create the centre loop, then pinch either side upwards to create the shape you can see on the left. Twist the two loose ends together and squeeze out any holes.
Glue your two antlers in to place on the inside of your tube. Finish off your reindeer by giving him a big pom pom nose and some googly eyes!
To make Father Christmas
You will need
Cardboard tube Red paper Beige paper White paper Pom Pom bobble and nose Googly eyes Glue Scissors
As with the Reindeer; Take your carboard tube and place it on to your red paper. Measure and cut a piece the same height as your tube and long enough to cover it. Glue one end of the paper into place on your tube then roll the length of the paper around the tube and glue down the loose end.
To make Santa’s hat; cut out a curved triangle shape then add a pom pom to the top and a strip of white paper to the bottom and leave to dry if necessary
Next, you will need to cut out a beard and moustache from your white piece of paper. then, cut out a face shape from your beige paper.
Glue the face shape on to your tube followed by the beard and moustache. Give your Santa two googly eyes, a nose and optionally a mouth. To finish, glue the hat you made around the outside of the tube.