Hoot, hoot

While getting your craft on at home can provide hours of entertainment, and often the things you make are useful, let’s face it, many a craft box creation does not last the test of time. So to avoid being wasteful, we like to recycle and reuse what we already have, right down to the empty toilet rolls. 

Often paper towel and toilet rolls, egg cartons and empty cardboard boxes end up being used as toys with nothing more than a bit of sticky tape and a lot of imagination. Think telescopes, binoculars, cars, trains, rockets, phones, towers – the list is endless. It is fascinating to see how innovative kids’ minds are and how little they really need to have fun.

However, adding a touch of colour and some inspiration from Pinterest, and the recycling bin suddenly has even more potential! These little owls were inspired by one of our (many) favourite picture books, “Little Owl” by Phillip Gwynn and Sandy Okalyi, and are just one example of what you can make.

Materials we used:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Coloured paper and/or felt sheets
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Stickers or ribbon (for head accessories and feet)


  1. Glue coloured paper around toilet roll
  2. Fold in one end of the roll to create pointy ears (see below)
  3. Cut out semi-oval or teardrop shapes from felt or different coloured paper to use as the owls’ wings and a small triangle for the owl’s nose
  4. Glue wings, nose and googly eyes to the owl’s body (you may find a glue gun works best for the eyes)
  5. Add stickers for the feet and head accessories (just draw on feet or glue on paper if you don’t have the right stickers)




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