One of the amazing animals that reside at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the zebra. We were fortunate at least one time to see the zebras chasing each other and being quite frisky. A play animal zoo would not be complete without a zebra! Read on to find out how to make this super cute zebra zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts for kids and check out the other zoo animal toilet paper roll crafts while you are here!
Zebra Zoo Animal Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids
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- 1 toilet paper roll
- 1 sheet white construction paper or cardstock
- 1 black foam sheet
- 1 white foam sheet
- craft glue
- glue gun and glue
- black sharpie
- hole punch
- 1 black pom pom
- white pipe cleaner
- black yarn (or vice versa… black pipe cleaner and white yarn)
- 2 googly eyes
How to Make the Zebra Part One:
- In a perfect world, you would be able to find craft rolls at the store that are already rolled in the color you want. However, in my experience, the available colors are rather limited. No worries.. it is surprisingly easy to cover the toilet paper roll in the color of paper you want.
- You don’t want too much excess paper. Line the toilet paper roll up with the bottom edge of the construction paper or cardstock and make a small pencil mark line to denote the length of the toilet paper roll. Move the roll a few inches down the paper and do the same thing. Take a ruler or straight edge and draw a cut line.
- ‘Wrap’ the construction paper around the toilet paper roll to determine how much paper you will need to cover the roll, but not have too much overlap. Again, draw a rough cut line in pencil.
- Cut out the toilet paper roll footprint. It should be a rectangular piece of paper.
- Place the toilet paper roll at the end of the paper. Line it up so that the ends are aligned.
- Apply a thin line of glue on the construction paper directly in front of the toilet paper roll, where the roll touches the paper. Gently ‘roll’ the toilet paper roll onto the glue so that the end if glued on. Then, squeeze glue, covering the rest of the construction paper. Tip: don’t use too much glue. You don’t want glue oozing out the sides and end of the toilet paper roll like a jelly donut. You just want enough glue to ensure the paper sticks to the toilet paper roll.
- ‘Roll’ the rest of the construction paper around the toilet paper roll. Apply another thin layer of glue on the end of the paper in order to ensure the toilet paper roll is completely covered.
- Trim excess paper as needed.
How to Make the Zebra Part Two:
- Trace the zebra head on the back side of the white foam. You are basically drawing a horse or donkey head. I am not a great artist, but found it relatively easy to draw freehand. You will need to draw ‘most’ of an oval. However, instead of completing the oval shape, draw the longer ears and then connect the two ears. Remember.. it doesn’t really matter if there are tracing marks on the back of the zebra head. If you are concerned about not being able to see the trace marks, use pencil and then erase the marks after you cut out the head.
- Cut out the zebra head and trim the foam until you get a bear head shape that suits your taste.
- Cut out two smallish semi-circles from the white foam for the hooves.
- Glue the head to the front of the toilet paper roll with the glue gun.
- Glue the googly eyes on with either craft glue or the glue gun. Note: My daughter did help with the googly eyes, but the eyes proved to be a little small for her to manipulate, so she lost interest quickly.
- Use the black sharpie to draw the insides of the ears, zebra shout, a few zebra face stripes, and eyelashes (if you wish) on the white zebra head.
- Draw 3 small lines on the hooves.
- To simulate the Zebra mane, use the hot glue gun to stick the black pom pom to the inside top of the toilet paper roll, between the zebra ears. Only about 1/2 the pom pom will be visible from the front of the zebra.
- Cut out the zebra stripes from the black foam. I found that between 10-12 stripes were more than enough to cover the zebra.
- Use a glue gun to affix the stripes onto the zebra body (the white toilet paper roll). Then, use the glue gun to glue the zebra head to the front of the toilet paper roll.
- Once the zebra stripes are on, glue the hooves on top of the stripes.
- For the tail, cut the white pipe cleaner in half. Then, wrap the black yarn around the white pipe cleaner to simulate the zebra’s swooshing black and white tail. Once you tie off the black yard at the end of the pipe cleaner, you can fray the end of the yarn a little bit.
- Punch a hole on the back bottom of the zebra body. Feed the non-frayed end of the tail into the hole and glue it to the inside of the toilet paper roll with the glue gun. Tip: Don’t punch the hole where there is both toilet paper roll craft and foam… that might lead to a bit of crafting frustration on your part. Trust me. 🙂
There you have it! A super cute zebra zoo animal toilet paper roll craft!
One final note: Even though I wanted to make this craft with my daughter, I ended up making most of it on my own. My daughter is 2 years old and still working on all of her fine motor skills. She will love playing with this zebra, and all the other zoo animals I am making. However, her involvement in the creation of this craft was minimal. If your kids are older, they will easily be able to do more of the craft than my 2 year old did.
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