Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Craft - make a simple toilet roll tube tractor

Harry is loving his tractors at the moment, but I couldn't find any simple crafts ideas for actually making a tractor, so I came up with this one. We made little tractors using just an empty toilet roll tube and two milk bottle lids, along with glue and paint to decorate. I think they're really sweet!

How to make a cardboard tube tractor

You just need a cardboard tube (I used an old toilet roll tube) and a couple of milk bottle lids, with glue or tape, paint and scraps of paper to decorate.

Junk modelling materials

Take your toilet roll tube and cut two slits, each 6cm long and about 4cm apart. Try and make the cuts in a part of the toilet roll tube that doesn't have any overlapping card. Then bend the flap upwards. Cut the top 2cm from the flap and coil this around to make the funnel. From underneath the flap cut off two curved strips, each about 1/2 cm wide. Coil these around to make the two front wheels. Secure these parts with glue or sellotape.

Make a tractor from a cardboard tube

Paint the different parts of the tractor. Then assemble the pieces. I used a glue gun but you could also use PVA glue, it just takes longer to dry. I made a little front window from pale blue card. The paint doesn't stick to the sellotape very well, if you wanted to improve the look of your tractor you could cover the pieces with coloured paper, or just use glue to join the ends together.

Toilet roll tube tractor

Is your toddler obsessed with tractors? There are lots more tractor crafts, activities and resources here!


  1. That is genius! Thanks for sharing Jennifer x

  2. Love it !! I'm going to keep a few roll tubes and try this. I usually give them to the nursery.

    1. We get through lots of toilet roll tubes in this house!

  3. THAT is ONE cute tractor! I have TP Craft envy (when I wish I had thought of it first!! :-)

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


    off to pin!

    1. Very high praise indeed, thank you!

  4. This is a cute idea! I have a bunch of toilet paper tubes left over from another project. My son loves tractors, so we'll have to make this. Thanks for sharing!

    Found you on Kids Get Crafty!

    1. Thank you, I'm glad that you like them!

  5. Thank you for sharing your ideas!


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