So believe it or not, my children’s father is a magician. Not like an, ‘I can do the odd card trick’ kind of magician, like an actual, full time professional magician. This might go some way to explain why it is sometimes hard to get my son excited about paper crafts when there is a magician’s workshop at the end of the garden.

I bet he can’t do THIS with a toilet roll though….

What you need:

  • 4 Toilet rolls (3-4)
  • Coloured paper or paint
  • Sticky tape or clear contact.

1. Take one toilet roll and place it aside

2. Take a second and make a cut down the length of the roll. Cut about 1cm off the roll lengthways 1cm at the top.

3. Do this with again with rolls 3 but cut approx. 2 cm off the length and the top. Repeat with roll 4 cutting approx. 3 cm off the length and top.

4. Make roll 5 from one of the leftover pieces from roll 4, trimming it to fit to scale.

5. Test that all your roles are ascending neatly and fit inside each other and then tape up with a piece of sticky tape.

To decorate:

1. Choose a theme:

You can really choose pretty much any theme for these. You could do animals, sea creatures, abstract shapes and colours, or, a family portrait like we did.

2: Cover the rolls:  measure your newly assembled rolls against some flat pieces of coloured paper and cut just enough to fit all the way around the rolls. Make sure it’s a snug fit and the run a line of sticky tape along the join. Little people might find gluing this a bit easier.

4: Play dress ups: I’m a bit of a messy painter so I decided to cut my clothes out of paper. If your maker is very mini then you could help by cutting the shapes before hand. Once cut, layer the shapes on top of each other to create your characters and then stick down with glue. 

3. Attach the clothes to the rolls: I did this using layers of sticky tape as that’s what I had at hand but if you had clear contact that would work well too.

4: SHOWTIME: Put all of your rolls inside each other and invite some friends over for a mini toilet roll magic show!