Toilet Paper Tube Snake! {kid craft}

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True story: this weekend my husband was sitting at the computer and my son walks up to him with his arms full of a giant wad of toilet paper with a 15-foot tail trailing behind him.  It was one of those moments where we probably should have scolded my son but we couldn't help but laugh (which means this scenario will probably be repeated).  The trail of TP was pointing towards our room so we went in there and looked in the bathroom and sure enough, there was an empty roll of TP with a sippy cup on the ground under it!  Ha!

Needless to say, between my son finding entertainment with toilet paper (only when we forget to shut the bathroom door), and me being 6+ months pregnant (uh-hum), we go through a lot of toilet paper around our house.  It didn't take me long to save up 6 rolls for this cool project!

I love this project because not only is it fun to make, but it is very fun to play with too!  It slithers like a snake!

You will need:

6 toilet paper rolls

green, yellow, and blue washable paint

paint brush

2 pipecleaners


school glue

2 google eyes

 1 small piece of red or orange ribbon, fabric, or felt

We started by painting the toilet paper tubes.  I covered our little art table with butcher paper, put some paint on a plate, and showed my little artist how to paint the tubes.

Older kids could paint cool snake patterns but we were lucky to just get some paint on the tubes.

Once we got all the tubes painted I let them dry completely.

When they were dry I cut the ends into points.

I used the tip of my scissors to poke holes in the ends of each tube (except the 2 for the ends of the snake- those only need holes on one side).

I stuck a pipe-cleaner through the holes...

Then I folded the ends back to make right-angles and clipped off the extra pipe-cleaner (leaving at least 1/4" folded over).

Next I glued on some google eyes...

And a ribbon tongue.

Once the glue dried he was ready for some snakey, slithery fun!


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I did this craft with my toddler but it can be adapted for all ages of kids.  Bigger kids can do it all by themselves but I did all of the assembly for my little guy.

Here are some more earth-friendly ideas:

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If you like crafts for kids, you should check out my growing collection of alphabet crafts:


  1. Ha ha ha! It’s a wonderful project (from the title, I was expecting lots of paper, but this is much better!) Thank you for visiting my turquoise living room :)

  2. This is such a cute idea!! I’m pinning it as well :) Found you via Weekend Link Up Party at Tatertots and Jello.

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  3. I love kids crafts! This turned out awesome! And it looks like you guys had lots of fun. Thanks for linking up to What I Learned Wednesday! I hope you’ll come again soon!

  4. Very cute idea! I think I might try with my boys-great repurposing project :)

  5. That is a great idea – I love him. A teaching my son the alphabet and think we shall definitely make one of these when we get to S (if I remember lol).

  6. I love this,will definitely make with my son. He LOVES snakes! Thanks for linking up to Kids Coop.

  7. So creative!! Thank you for sharing and for the awesome idea!

  8. Cute snake! We added coffee sleeves to ours to make it more squiggly and wriggly! I can so relate to the TP trail story :-)

  9. Done and Perfect. Thank you so much for sharing. I shared it with my Facebook friends!

  10. What a great project! This is awesome and perfect for the kids! I really love that this project really looked like a snake! We did a toilet paper roll snake project out of the same materials you used. You should check it out!
    MomTrusted-Early Learning:Toilet Paper Roll Snake Project

  11. Indiana Grandma Carol says:

    thanks for the activity. how bout you use a string to hold the snake together to avoid the sticky pipe cleaners that could poke eyes, I think it could continue to slither this way. keep new activities coming for this grandma that wants to please.

  12. Great project to recycle tp rolls. My son decorated with markers so we got to skip the paint drying time. I used a hole punch to make the holes for the pipe cleaners which worked fairly well although they are coming apart a bit, so maybe we need smaller holes or just to secure it better. We will definitely make this again :-)


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