If you’re looking for a fun and budget-friendly way to decorate your home or classroom, we have just the craft for you. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to create spine-chilling Halloween monsters using nothing but cardboard rolls and a few basic craft supplies.
These DIY Halloween monsters are perfect for all skill levels. They add a touch of frightful charm to your Halloween decor, and they’ll also provide endless hours of entertainment for the little ones.
To get started, gather up your empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Transforming them into something spooky and unique is an excellent way to reduce waste and give them a new lease on life.
In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of transforming your cardboard rolls into various Halloween monsters, from mummies and vampires to witches and Frankenstein’s monsters. The possibilities are endless, so follow along for detailed instructions and tips to help you bring your spooky creations to life. MWAHH HA HA HA! Let’s get started!
🟣 Cardboard rolls
🟠 Coloured paper
🟣 Craft foam in various colours
🟠 White foam sheet, fabric, or ribbon (for bandages) – Decorations like stickers
🟣 White paper and a black maker or wiggle eyes
🟠 Hot glue gun
🟣 Sticky tape
Gather all your materials and let’s make a Halloween cardboard roll monster! Tape two cardboard rolls together to create the body. Cover the entire roll with coloured paper. You can use fun and patterned paper, like the ones from Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper a sustainable toilet roll company who always brings the fun to their toilet paper packaging. Once you’ve covered the rolls, set them aside.
Now, let’s give our monster a mummy makeover! Choose your bandage material, such as paper, felt, or ribbon. We chose a white sparkle sheet of EVA foam, which you can find at your local craft shop. Measure and cut strips about 1.5cm wide. The length will depend on how much you want to cover your mummy with. Cut several strips, around 30cm long.
With your bandage strips ready, it’s time to start wrapping up your spooky Halloween mummy. Take one end of a strip and secure it to the inside of the top of your cardboard roll. You can use a hot glue gun or sticky tape for this.
Now for the fun part – adding the mummy bandages! Start wrapping the strips around the tube in a slightly messy and haphazard way, giving it that authentic mummy look.
If you run out of bandage, simply glue a new piece on top of the end and keep wrapping. Remember to leave a small gap between the bandages where you’ll add the mummy’s eyes.
Let’s give your mummy monster some unique features! Let your imagination run wild and create wings, hair, or any other fun additions. We suggest using sparkle foam to make your spooky monster wings.
Once you’re satisfied with your Halloween monster’s wings, it’s time to give your new friend some spooky hair. We have used the same sparkle foam to cut out a tuft of hair. Using your glue or sticky tape, attach the wings and hair to your cardboard monster.
Now that your mummy monster is all bandaged up with cool wings and hair, it’s time to bring it to life with some eyes! You can use wiggle eyes, stick-on eyes, or simply cut out circles from white card- stock and draw pupils with a black marker.
And there you have it – your very own Halloween cardboard roll monster! Let your creativity soar and make more fun monsters for a spooky Halloween display.
What kind of Halloween monster will you create next? The possibilities are endless!
Here are some fun tips for you:
Keep the craft going and create a cast of mummies, vampires, witches and Frankenstein’s monsters, the possibilities are endless.
Choose a fun Halloween book to read while you are crafting. There are so many cute books to choose from. One of our favourites is The Night Before Halloween By Natasha Wing, Natasha Wing, Cynthia Fisher
Up for a DIY project? Why not make a 3D spooky craft scene out of an old shoe box? Cut off the sides, add some cotton wool spider webs and create a terrifying Halloween night scene!