Cardboard Tube Elephant Craft

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Do you love elephants?

I do! Despite their enormous size, they’re just so cute.

So, to add on to our cardboard tube zoo, we’re making a cardboard tube elephant craft (or two or three)!

Grab some paint and googly eyes to transform a cardboard tube into a cute and fun elephant craft. Recycled crafts don't get any better than this!

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Supplies Needed:

Empty cardboard tube
Thin cardboard (from a cereal or cracker box)
Scissors
Gray craft paint
Glue
Googly eyes

You should have most of the supplies you need in both your recycling bin or craft closet. Let’s get crafting!

Grab some paint and googly eyes to transform a cardboard tube into a cute and fun elephant craft. Recycled crafts don't get any better than this!

How to make your Cardboard Tube Elephant Craft:

First, you need to paint your entire cardboard tube with your gray paint.

While that’s drying, you can create your ears and trunk.

Draw two ears and a trunk on your thin cardboard. (You can see the basic shapes below.) Basically, you want two fat bean shapes for the ears and one tube with one end fatter than the other for your trunk.

Grab some paint and googly eyes to transform a cardboard tube into a cute and fun elephant craft. Recycled crafts don't get any better than this!

Paint the ears and the trunk with your gray paint.

After the paint has dried, cut out your trunk and ears.

Fold your trunk accordion style a couple of time for a more three-dimensional look.

Grab some paint and googly eyes to transform a cardboard tube into a cute and fun elephant craft. Recycled crafts don't get any better than this!

Finally, glue on all your pieces.

Glue the ears onto the backside of your cardboard tube, so you see the gray side from the front of your elephant craft. The top of the ears should only be a little higher than the top of your cardboard tube.

Glue the wide end of your trunk to the front of the tube high enough that the bottom of the trunk is even with or slightly higher than the bottom of your tube.

Next, glue your two eyes above the trunk.

Once you’re done, let the glue dry and then your Cardboard Tube Elephant is ready to add to your zoo.

Grab some paint and googly eyes to transform a cardboard tube into a cute and fun elephant craft. Recycled crafts don't get any better than this!

If you enjoyed this elephant craft, the above photo is perfect for sharing on Facebook or you can save the photo below on Pinterest.

Grab some paint and googly eyes to transform a cardboard tube into a cute and fun elephant craft. Recycled crafts don't get any better than this! #kidscraft #recycledcraft #CreativeFamilyFun

You may also like one of these animal crafts:

Cardboard Tube Cheetah Craft

Cardboard Tube Hippo Craft

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Crumpled Newspaper Elephant at Buggy & Buddy

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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