DIY Museum-Inspired Crafts Using Toilet Paper Rolls

Toilet Paper RollsIt feels like at this point, we all practically have toilet paper coming out of our ears.

Over the last few weeks, we've all been emptying store shelves and stockpiling hordes of toilet paper in our homes. But rather than simply recycling all of those cardboard rolls and letting them go to waste, why not flex your creative skills and use the rolls in a fun museum-inspired art project?

For all of you, museum professionals and museum-lovers at home, WMA has searched the web, read blogs, and have put together some of our favorite DYI museum-themed art projects using the newest craft essential - toilet paper rolls.

Whether you're looking for simple DIY crafts for your kids, or you'd like to break away from Netflix and get your craft on, we have an assortment of ideas for you.


1. Paper Rocket Ships

Inspired by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Photo by Kids Activities

Reach for the stars! Take your kids out of the house and fly them into space using their very own colorfully-decorated paper rocket ships from Play Kids or Kids Activities. For more inspiration, check out these images on Pinterest.


2. Star Wars Characters

Inspired by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Photo by Kids Activities

Keeping with the “space” theme, construct your favorite Star Wars characters including R2-D2, Chewbacca, Yoda, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. For instructions, check out our favorite how-to demonstrations from hello, Wonderful and Kids Activities (click here for the video tutorial).

May the force be with you.


3. Squiggly Octopi

Inspired by the California Academy of Sciences

Photo by Kids Activities

Taken as inspiration from the California Academy of Science’s Steinhart Aquarium, these cute little toilet paper roll octopi from Kids Activities are sure to be a fun craft.


4. An Eames-Inspired Model House

from the Museum of Modern Art

Photo by Today's Parent

How would you like to make your dream home? Follow instructions in the Art Making With MOMA activity book to construct your very own version of The Eames House – a landmark of mid-century modern architecture. The Eames House was designed in 1949 by Charles and Ray Eames, a husband-and-wife duo of industrial designers who made significant historical contributions to the development of modern architecture and furniture.

Learn how to build an entire city from Today's Parent.


5. Colorful Butterflies

Inspired by The American Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Conservatory

Photo by One Little Project

With this craft from One Little Project, you can bring a little bit of nature indoors. Creatively experiment with the amazing geometrical shapes and vibrant colors on butterfly wings. You could even use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about mirror images…

Take the project one step further by making your butterfly a flower garden from The Best Ideas for Kids.


For other museum-inspired crafts, scroll through the vast images of Pinterest.

For other toilet paper roll inspired crafts, search through Red Tricycle’s 17 Fun Things to Make with a Toilet Paper Roll article.

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Written by Jessica Noyes - Communications Coordinator, WMA


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