Making Recycled Cardboard Tube Bunnies

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March 15, 2018

Cardboard Tube Bunnies - three finished bunniesI find rabbits so adorable in every shape and form. Here is a super thrifty way to make cute little bunnies from the cardboard tubes in toilet paper rolls. I use hot glue to keep the rabbit structure together, then regular glue for the details. This would be a fun craft for kids to decorate and make their own. Great for Easter, but I also love to make them year round. Have fun!


Total Time: 40 minutes


  • cardboard tubes from toilet paper
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • googly eyes
  • pen
  • toothpicks
  • nail clipper
  • glue
Cardboard Tube Bunnies - supplies


  1. Cut into a cardboard tube's width half way.
  2. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - cut half way across the tube
  3. Cut the tube in half.
  4. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - cut the tube in half
  5. You will have one half tube that's intact (its head), and another half tube strip (its body).
  6. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - you now have the head and body parts
  7. To make its legs, take the half tube strip and cut about an inch on both ends, right in the middle.
  8. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - for the feet cut about an inch into the strip from both ends

  9. Snip off the corners to make rounded feet.
  10. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - snip off the corners to round the feet
  11. Fold all the legs so they become feet that are facing forward.
  12. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - fold the tips of the legs so that they become feet facing forward
  13. To make bunny ears, take another tube and cut it in half, then fold it in half.
  14. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - for the ears cut another tube in half and then fold it in half
  15. Cut along the fold to make two pieces.
  16. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - cut along the folds to make two pieces
  17. Cut the edges off one square, then cut a V shape out of the middle.
  18. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - cut the edges off of one square and the cut a V shape down the middle

  19. Fold a tiny section back from the base of the ears. This is where you'll apply glue so you can affix it to the bunny head.
  20. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - make a narrow fold along the lower edge for attaching the ears to the bunny
  21. Hot glue the ears to the head, then the head to the body. I like to use a slight diagonal setting so it looks like its head is turned.
  22. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - hot glue the ears to the head and then the legs to the body
  23. Use regular glue to affix the googly eyes.
  24. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - use regular glue to attach the eyes
  25. Draw a little nose and mouth in the center.
  26. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - draw a nose and mouth in the center of the face

  27. Use your nail clippers to cut the toothpicks in half.
  28. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - cut toothpicks in half using the nail clippers
  29. Use regular glue to affix them under the eyes as whiskers. Lay the bunnies on their backs and allow glue to dry clear.
  30. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - use regular glue to attach them as whiskers - allow to dry
  31. Now they're ready for display or play. :)
  32. Cardboard Tube Bunnies - ready to display or play with
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April 12, 2011

These whimsical bunnies are inexpensive and fun to create. Add your own bows, buttons, or other embellishments to make each one unique.

Recycled Cardboard Tube Bunnies

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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 277 Posts
March 17, 2008

Kids will love seeing these adorable bunnies adorn your holiday table. Roll equal lengths of colored paper around two cardboard tubes and glue ends.


Glue the tubes together as shown in photo. Cut out two matching ears, color the inside of ears pink and glue between tubes.

Blue cardboard tube bunny.

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April 13, 2017

Here is a way to make Easter Bunnies on empty toilet paper tubes.

Toilet Paper Tube Easter Bunnies - four different color bunnies

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July 8, 2008

This is a cute, very inexpensive craft for kids of all ages.

Mr. Whiskers - Pink toilet paper roll bunny.

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May 15, 2017

These fun projects use recycled materials that you can make with your children on or before Easter. They make cute decorations.

Upcycled Easter Bunny Craft - finished bunny

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