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Making a Standing Giraffe Toy from a Cardboard Tube

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April 1, 2019

Standing Giraffe Toy - finished toyThis is an easy animal toy craft you and your child can make together. My toddler is making a zoo exhibit with his Legos and wanted to make a giraffe.

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Total Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • toilet paper roll
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • craft sticks
  • marker/Sharpie
Standing Giraffe Toy - supplies
 
Standing Giraffe Toy - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Cut the TP roll in half. Freehand and cut out 2 giraffe heads, 2 rectangular strips of brown paper, and a larger rectangular piece of paper to fit half of a toilet paper roll.
  2. Standing Giraffe Toy - cut out two heads and two rectangles of dark brown paper
     
  3. Draw brown shaded oval spots on the rectangle of paper and tape/glue around toilet paper roll to resemble body.
  4. Standing Giraffe Toy - make spots on the piece of paper to wrap around the TP tube,
     
  5. Repeat process with the giraffe head. Draw spots and facial appearance. Cut slits (fringe) into the brown paper.
  6. Standing Giraffe Toy - repeat making markings on the head, fringe the brown strips of paper
     
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  7. Tape brown fringe to giraffe head and a little bit above the ears.
  8. Standing Giraffe Toy - add fringe to neck and top of the head
     
    Standing Giraffe Toy - fringe taped to wrong side of head and neck
     
  9. Tape the other blank giraffe head to the back side of the decorated one.
  10. Standing Giraffe Toy - tape the blank head to the back of the decorated one
     
  11. Color the tips of the craft sticks for hooves.
  12. Standing Giraffe Toy - color the tips of craft sticks to make hooves
     
  13. Cut four slits in the body (toilet paper roll) for the legs. Then then on the end of the roll cut one in the middle.
  14. Standing Giraffe Toy - cut slits for legs
     
    Standing Giraffe Toy - slit for the head
     
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  15. Place head in the top middle slit as pictured.
  16. Standing Giraffe Toy - insert the head in the slit
     
  17. For the legs create a ^ shape by inserting the craft sticks and hot glue the legs in place.
  18. Standing Giraffe Toy - create an upside down V shape with the craft sticks for the legs
     
    Standing Giraffe Toy - glue in place
     
    Standing Giraffe Toy - view from the back end
     
  19. For the tail, I used a rectangle and a square piece of paper and then taped it onto the inside of the toilet paper roll.
  20. Standing Giraffe Toy - make the tail and tape inside the tube
     
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