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Toilet Paper Roll Baby Farm Animals

March 27, 2014

SPRING! ’tis the season of farm babies (and human babies)!! Apparently in this house, we get our cues from the farm animals, and seem to have all of our babies in April and May (all five of us will have birthdays in these two months)!

Since I have a problem throwing away empty toilet paper rolls, we always have plenty of these laying around the house. My stash was overflowing its container, thus it was time to make something out of all of these! This past weekend, while Matt slaved away upstairs painting Owen and Charlie’s Big Boy Room, the boys and I decided to make a trio of farm babies.

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This was a really fun craft (though I’m pretty sure that I enjoyed it as much, if not more, than the boys)!!

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OWEN PATIENTLY WAITING FOR THE GLUE ON HIS BABY CHICK TO DRY

 

>> HERE’S HOW WE MADE ‘EM <<

 

**PREPPY BABY BUNNY**

SUPPLIES:

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BABY BUNNY SUPPLIES

  • Scrapbook paper in fun, preppy patterns. We used three different patterns: One for the body, one for the outer ears, and the last pattern for the inner ear.
  • Glue on eyes
  • Colorful button for nose
  • White stem wire with a black sharpie to color the ‘whiskers’ black
  • Foam sheet for feet. We used brown. You could use any color, and plain scrapbook paper (instead of the foam) would work fine, too!
  • Large Pom or DIY yarn pom for the tail (see this post on how to make yarn poms)
  • Empty toilet paper roll

 

STEPS:

  1. BODY: Cut ‘body’ scrapbook paper to size and glue around TP Roll. Use paper clips on seam to help hold it in place while the glue dries.
  2. EARS: Cut out outer and inner ear shapes out of other scrapbook paper. Glue inner ear to outer ear. Glue inside top of TP Roll.
  3. EYES: Glue on eyes.
  4. WHISKERS: Cut stem wire to desired size, color black with Sharpie, tape or glue into place on the TP Roll (button will go on next to cover your glue or tape)
  5. NOSE: Glue on button nose (or ‘sew’ on button nose through middle of TP Roll)
  6. FEET: Cut feet shape out of brown foam sheet or brown paper. Glue each foot to bottom fromt of TP Roll
  7. TAIL: Make yarn pom (if desired). Glue Pom into place on back of body.

 

COMPLETE:

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PREPPY BABY BUNNY

 

**BABY CHICK**

SUPPLIES:

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BABY CHICK SUPPLIES

  • Scrapbook paper in yellow (for body) and orange (for beak)
  • Orange foam sheet for feet
  • Feathers
  • Glue on eyes
  • Empty TP Roll

STEPS:

  1. BODY: Cut yellow scrapbook paper to size, and glue to TP Roll (again, using clothespins on seams to help hold in place)
  2. BEAK: If your orange paper is one sided (pattern on one side only), glue two drips of paper together, unpatterned sides facing. Once glue is dry, fold in half and cut beak shape out of one end (leaving the other end as rectangle to feed through slot in TP Roll tube.

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    CUT OUT BEAK SHAPE

  3. BEAK CON’T: Cut slit the width of your beak in TP Roll. Push rectangle side of beak through slit. Glue in place if needed (ours was tight enough that no glue was needed)

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    CREATE BEAK

  4. EYES: Glue on eyes
  5. FEET AND ‘WINGS’: Cut shapes out of foam sheet. Glue in place on bottom of tube (feet) and sides (wings).
  6. FEATHERS: Apply glue to top inside of tube. Stick feathers onto glue letting them stick out of the top.

COMPLETE!

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TOILET PAPER ROLL CHICK

 

**BABY LAMB**

SUPPLIES:

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BABY LAMB SUPPLIES

  1. Grey / brown scrapbook paper for body (only face will end up showing)
  2. Black strips of paper
  3. Glue on eyes
  4. Tiny black pom
  5. Empty TP Roll

STEPS:

  1. BODY: Cut grey paper to size, glue onto tube (again … clothespins to hold seams until dry
  2. EYES: Glue on eyes
  3. NOSE: Glue on small pom
  4. LIMBS: Fold black strips of paper in half and glue in place (see below):
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    GLUE ON LIMBS

     

  5. FUR / WOOL (I realize baby lambs don’t have much ‘wool’, but go with us here … this is the best part): Apply glue all over body except for a small area for face. Gently pull apart cotton balls, then stick ‘em on your lamb.

 

COMPLETE!

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BABY LAMB

 

Put all your animals together …

 

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OUR FARM BABIES

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The boys definitely liked the lamb best (loved ‘decorating’ with cotton balls). The chick’s feathers were also a hit! I, however, am partial to the preppy bunny! He (she?) makes me smile! How about you? Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by today!

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28 Comments

  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life March 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

    That argyle bunny is to die for! And the fluffy sheep! Ugh, why do my age appropriate nieces & nephews live far away! :) I would totally be making these with them TODAY.
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    • Reply Katie March 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! Yeah, you probably would look a little silly making these by yourself! :)

  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living March 27, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    ADORABLE!!! These are tooooo cute! I love them as much as your kids probably do too lol… what a fun day. You are so lucky you can craft while your hubby paints.. great guy!

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    […] if we can make crafts & I have to admit, sometimes I just run out of ideas!  These adorable Toilet Paper Roll Baby Farm Animals from View From the Fridge look easy and fun.  We may even make some this […]

  • Reply Antionette Blake March 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

    What a cute DIY – Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful week ahead.
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  • Reply Erlene March 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Love toilet paper crafts. I’m always amazed at the cute things you can do with recycled tp rolls. Pinned it. Seen on Link It or Lump It linkup.
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    • Reply Katie March 31, 2014 at 12:10 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Erlene, and for the comment! Have a great week!

  • Reply Blair @ The Seasoned Mom March 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    These are some of the cutest toilet paper roll crafts I’ve ever seen. So perfect for spring! Pinned!

    • Reply Katie March 31, 2014 at 12:08 am

      Hi Blair,
      Thanks so much! These were a blast to make. Like I said … I might have had more fun than my two kiddos! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Megan March 31, 2014 at 8:17 am

    oh my goodness! These are SOOOOO cute! My 4 year old just saw this post as I was reading it and seeing if I had the supplies for at least one of them, and she wants to do them NOW. haha! We WILL be doing these in the next few days! :) Thank you so much for this tutorial on how to make them. I pinned this ;)
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  • Reply Nishana March 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Lovely post. I have been looking for more ideas to craft with toilet roll tubes. This sounds great.

    #magicmoments
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  • Reply Coombemill March 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Such great use of a toilet roll, love the farm animals I’m going to pin these to use at the farm here!
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  • Reply ang March 31, 2014 at 11:41 am

    These are so cute! I’m sending the link to my daughter’s preschool teacher :)

  • Reply Jaime Oliver March 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    some super ideas! i may have to try this out when we get some #magicmoments time :-)
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  • Reply Lewis April 1, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Love these! Can’t wait till we can get a bit more crafty with the boys, but at 18 months and nearly 3, everything still gets crushed eventually!
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    • Reply Katie April 1, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Ha ha! I know how that goes! A lot of what we make gets crushed, too.

  • Reply Taunya Butler April 1, 2014 at 10:43 am

    What clever animals – I will definitely be trying some of these with my granddaughters!! They love making projects with me – Thanks so much for participating in the link up!!

  • Reply Sarah@ Ruffles and Rain Boots April 2, 2014 at 12:01 am

    These are beyond adorable! I’m thinking that my 2 year old is a bit young to craft them that well, but a gal can dream. Thanks for sharing these.
    PS – found you via the Wednesday Round Up at One Tipsy Chick
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    • Reply Katie April 2, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks so much! My kiddos’ animals didn’t look quite this nice (especially my 2 year olds’). I had to make my own three animals because it was way too much fun.

  • Reply Lynn April 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    So cute! Could you glue a bottom on them and fill them with candies for Easter? I may try that for my great niece and nephews instead of the traditional basket since they get baskets from mom and dad and gma/gpa.

    • Reply Katie April 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Great idea, Lynn! That would be adorable!

  • Reply Roxy | Roxy's Kitchen April 2, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Such a great idea, can’t wait for my baby boy to grow up a bit so we can have fun together making these ! He’s just 8 months now :-P. Thanks for sharing this at my Facebook Milestone Link Party :)!
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  • Reply Susan @HomeschoolWithLove April 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

    These are absolutely adorable! And they’re easy to make. Thanks so much for this craft.
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    • Reply Katie April 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks, Susan! SO fun to make!!

  • Reply Mandy Hank April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Katie, these are too fun! I bet your kiddos loved making these. They look like they have so much personality! Thank you for linking up your Spring Project with us at Get Your DIY On. I hope you’ll join us May 4th with your flower projects! Hope you have a great Easter!

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