Monday, February 21, 2011

Recycled Paper Tube Sculpture!

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As I said before, we've been collecting a lot of paper tubes and trying out projects with them.  It is amazing how many tubes you can collect in just a month!  Recycled arts and crafts are really the way to go and inexpensive.  My daughter and I created a Tube Sculpture and it turned out really cool!  We could add other things to it,  but I think it will stay like this for a while until we think of something to add! Any ideas?

So the first thing we did was collect some tubes and lay them all out to see what we had.  Then I started cutting some into smaller sizes and my daughter enjoyed fringing out some of the tubes.  Tubes are too difficult to cut for preschoolers.  Older kids may be able to cut them! We used a piece of cardboard from a gift box for the base of the sculpture.  

Then we started gluing the tubes to the cardboard base.  I put white glue in a recycled jar lid and we dipped the ends of the tubes carefully making sure to shake off excess glue!!! 

I reminded my daughter that you need to let the tubes dry because they will not stick right away.  To stick tubes sideways or on top of other tubes I used some tape to hold them on and then removed the tape after the sculpture was dry. This part was a lot of fun!!!  We let this part dry for a day.

After we let it dry, we painted our sculpture.  Cassie wanted to paint it right away (that night), but she waited!  We painted one color at a time. I think this helped to focus her attention instead of giving her a million colors at a time! We really enjoyed building the sculpture the most!  Painting is always fun, but my daughter is a clean freak and has to wash her hands after any bit of paint on her!


  1. I had all these wonderful comments and now they are deleted ) : ! So very sad!

  2. SquiggleMum has left a new comment on your post "Recycled Paper Tube Sculpture!":

    What a fanstastic project!

  3. jess_hak has left a new comment on your post "Recycled Paper Tube Sculpture!":

    This is the coolest idea I've seen in a while. What a great finished sculpture it made!

  4. Wendy has left a new comment on your post "Recycled Paper Tube Sculpture!":

    Hi Melissa

    This is a beautiful art project.

    I love the way your daughter has put so much thought into the placement and colour.

    Will try and make a big stash of cardboard tubes and inspire my children/students to make something similiar - might even take in a print out to show them :)

    Stopping over from we play.

  5. Hi Melissa,
    Recycled art projects are my favorites -- this looks like so much fun! If you'd like, I'd love you to link it up to our toilet paper roll experiment page:

  6. Hi Rachelle----it was great fun! I will gladly link this project up!

  7. Its fab i love it! Better start saving my rolls! Thank u for linking up hopto see u again on our mondays monkeys doodles

  8. My kids would love this one!! So fun!!!

  9. Thanks for the idea - I reblogged it here -

  10. I am feeling inspired to raid the recycling bin before garbage day tomorrow! Thanks for the linky party I love seeing what other people have been doing this year.

  11. We need to do more sculptural art in our house, and this is perfect for little hands. Happy New Year!