How To Make A Penguin With A Toilet Paper Roll

If you’re looking for a great way to get rid of those toilet paper rolls you’ve been collecting, here’s a fun way! Let’s learn how to make a penguin using our printable template, a toilet paper roll, and other simple supplies.

It’s a fun winter craft that helps kids of all ages use their artistic skills, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills to make cute penguins. What’s not to love?!

Thre toilet paper roll penguin crafts finished on top of dolly paper. Idea from Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make toilet paper roll penguins!

What Makes Toilet Paper Penguins A Great Craft?

There are so many things we love about this easy penguin craft:

  • It’s the best way to keep the kids busy during the winter season when it’s too cold to play outside.
  • You don’t need to go to the craft store; you probably already have at home everything you need to make this fun project.
  • It’s a fun activity that older and young children can do mostly on their own.
  • Preschool kids and first graders will be able to work on their hand dexterity.
  • If you don’t have construction paper, you can improvise with white and black foam instead.
  • It’s a great winter craft to make your penguin unit even more fun.
  • Kids will love making their own penguin!

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

Supplies to make toilet paper roll penguin craft: black, white, yellow, orange construction paper; scissors, glue, toilet paper roll, googly eyes. - Kids activities blog
Gather your supplies!

Supplies Needed To Make Cardboard Tube Penguins

  • black construction paper
  • white construction paper
  • yellow construction paper
  • orange construction paper
  • googly eyes
  • toilet paper roll or cardboard tube
  • scissors
  • glue or a hot glue gun if working with older kids

Grab Your Penguin Template PDF Here

How To Make a Penguin Template

DIY Penguin Craft With A Toilet Paper Roll Instructions

Step 1 to make a toilet paper roll penguin: cut black paper using the toilet paper roll as a guide. - Kids Activities Blog
The first step us cutting a tube shape!

Step 1

Use the toilet paper roll or cardboard tube to measure the width of the black paper, allowing a quarter inch to overlap the paper when you glue it together. This will be the penguin’s body.

Step 2 to make a toilet paper roll penguin: use clips to hold the ends together while the glue dries. - Kids activities blog
Use clips so you don’t have to hold the ends together yourself.

Step 2

Keep the tube shape and glue it. We recommend using paper clips to hold it while it dries.

Step 3 to make a toilet paper roll penguin: use the KAB penguin template to cut out the penguin body parts over the construction paper.
Younger kids can use non-sharp scissors.

Step 3

Print out the penguin template to cut out the belly using white paper.

Step 4 to make a toilet paper roll penguin: glue the white belly using a glue stick.
Glue it on!

Step 4

Glue the cute belly onto the black paper!

Step 5 to make a toilet paper roll penguin: cut out the feet beak and wings. - Kids activities blog
Now cut out the rest of the body parts.

Step 5

Using the template again, cut out the feet and beak from the orange paper, and the wings from the black construction paper.

Step 6 to make a toilet paper roll penguin: glue the beak, wings, feet and googly eyes on the craft. - Kids activities blog
It’s time to glue on the rest!

Step 6

Glue everything on, including the googly eyes! Your adorable penguin made out of cardboard tube is done!

Best Ideas For The Perfect Craft

Grab acrylic paints in different colors to make other penguins. If you want to make an emperor penguin, use the template to make a yellow chest.

Step 7 to make a toilet paper roll penguin: glue on yellow paper to make an emperor penguin.
Cut out this section from the template to make an emperor penguin.

To make a macaroni penguin (the one that has fluffy feathers), you can glue the black on the yellow paper and cut it in a fringe to make it look like little hairs, and then glue it on the penguin’s head.

Step 8 to make a toilet paper roll penguin: make a macaroni penguin by cutting out the parts from the template and using yellow and black paper.
First, you cut out these parts from the template, and then…
Step 9 to make a toilet paper roll penguin: glue the two sections together.
…glue them together and then add to the head!

Finished Penguin Crafts

You can make a regular penguin, a macaroni penguin, or an emperor penguin. Which one is your favorite?

Thre toilet paper roll penguin crafts finished on top of dolly paper. Idea from Kids Activities Blog
Aren’t these penguin crafts so cute?!
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How To Make a Penguin With Toilet Paper Roll

Thre toilet paper roll penguin crafts finished on top of dolly paper. Idea from Kids Activities Blog

Learn how to make a penguin craft using simple supplies, ideal for kids of all ages, from preschool to elementary school.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost under $10

Materials

  • black construction paper
  • white construction paper
  • yellow construction paper
  • orange construction paper
  • googly eyes
  • toilet paper roll or cardboard tube
  • scissors
  • glue or a hot glue gun if working with older kids

Instructions

  1. Use the toilet paper roll or cardboard tube to measure the width of the black paper, allowing a quarter inch to overlap the paper when you glue it together. This will be the penguin's body.
  2. Keep the tube shape and glue it. We recommend using paper clips to hold it while it dries.
  3. Print out the penguin template to cut out the belly using white paper.
  4. Using the template again, cut out the feet and beak from the orange paper, and the wings from the black construction paper.
  5. Glue everything on, including the googly eyes!
  6. Your adorable penguin made out of cardboard tube is done!

Notes

Grab acrylic paints in different colors to make other penguins. If you want to make an emperor penguin, use the template to make a yellow chest. To make a macaroni penguin (the one that has fluffy feathers), you can glue the black on the yellow paper and cut it in a fringe to make it look like little hairs, and then glue it on the penguin's head.

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