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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Halloween Mummies Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Do you hoard all the recycling in the hopes of making crafty masterpieces with your kids? I have so many cardboard boxes, empty containers, toilet paper rolls, pieces of used tissue paper and bubble wrap just waiting in my garage for the day they'll be reborn into something amazing. Sometimes that day takes a loooong time to arrive, but I can always find useful ways to reuse recyclables. Read on to find out how to make these really easy Halloween mummies from toilet paper rolls or cardboard tubes.

You and your kids can make them in about 5 minutes and you don't have to be a crafty mum. They're so simple, my daughter started making them when she was 3 and only needed help gluing on the googly eyes. The rougher they are the better they look in my opinion. Also good news, empty toilet paper rolls should be a readily available craft resource in your household, even if you're not a hoarder of all the things like me.

halloween mummies made from toilet paper rolls and masking tape


  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Black marker or paint sticks
  • White masking tape
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

If you don't want to re-use toilet paper rolls then you can always buy new craft cardboard rolls from stationary stores or online at Amazon. Black marker or paint sticks both work well for this craft, however if you don't want your child using a permanent pen like a Sharpie then I suggest using a washable marker or washable paint stick. Liquid PVA glue works better for sticking down the googly eyes than traditional glue sticks, alternatively you could use eye stickers if you want to avoid glue altogether.

craft supplies to make halloween mummies


1. Colour in {or paint} a black rectangle about 1.5cm from the top of the toilet paper roll. It doesn't have to go all the way around as you'll only see a small part of it at the front.
toilet paper roll mummy step 1

2. Rip masking tape into strips and stick over the toilet paper roll in a haphazard crisscross pattern, leaving the black section uncovered at the front.

toilet paper roll mummy step 2

3. Glue the googly eyes {or stick eye stickers} onto the black section.

toilet paper roll mummy step 3

toilet paper roll mummy halloween craft

Making these Halloween mummies with the kids is also a great way to sneak in some fine motor practice. Colouring with the pen, ripping the tape, sticking the tape down and gluing or sticking on the eyes are all perfect fine motor activities to get little fingers working hard. A bonus is the kids will be having so much fun being creative they won't even know they're giving their muscles a work out.


If you want to get even more creative make a few of them and hole punch holes on the left and right sides half way between the top of the roll and the eyes and thread them onto a string to make a decorative bunting. Or tie string on them and hang them from tree branches for a spooky decoration. They also make great props for Halloween play activities.

halloween small world play

halloween toilet paper mummies


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