Do you know those plastic tubs you can buy that are filled with fruit in natural juice? Miss R is a BIG fan of them and we have been keeping the empty tubs to recycle into crafts. For this idea you could also use individual yoghurt tubs (rounded ones are best), or any form of small tub e.g. cardboard cupcake cases, foil pie tins, takeaway sauce tubs, egg carton cups etc. This is a fun way to repurpose them. It was originally my six year old’s craft idea, so I am now officially an idea-stealer!
You will need:
• plastic tubs
• coloured paper
• glitter – optional
• This template
First paint and decorate your plastic tubs. I painted mine, allowed them to dry and then added some glitter afterwards. To make sparkly spots, add spots of glue using a paintbrush and sprinkle liberally with glitter, then blow the excess off. When using glitter it is a good idea to put a tray underneath your art or craft and it will help to contain the mess, or else use it outside.
Next print out the template onto coloured paper and cut the pieces out. Fold the two neck strips into a paper spring, draw a face on the head and fold the legs to give them little feet.
Stick the feet and tail inside the rim of the tub, and the paper spring and head on the front.
All done! Of course, if you made just one it would get a bit lonely…
… and here is a picture of the original little friend by Miss R. The cardboard box covered in patterned paper in the background is it’s house.
More animal craft ideas:
If your kids like animals, they might also like to try these ideas:
• make a cute little rock chick from (you guessed it)… rocks!
• make a frilled neck lizard from a cardboard tube
• make a useful cockatoo pencil tin from an old tin can
• make a frog on a lilypad with a printable template
• these simple paper plate froggy puppets are lots of fun!
• toilet roll fish have long been one of our most popular posts
• Make a cute black cat nose, ears and tail using egg cartons and nylon stockings
You can also find lots of fun and easy craft ideas on our Easy Crafts board on Pinterest. Are you following us?