Mermaid Tube Craft Printable
Who would dream about the world above the sea when you could dream about the world that is under the sea, where such beautiful creatures like this mermaid must exist! Don't they? I've started your journey of crafting this beautiful sea creature, it's up to you to add magical hair and dress up her fins! Get one step closer to dreaming about the wonders of what lies 40 fathoms below, with my mermaid printable you can create your own unique design and add your own style and charm. Oh and don't forget to give her a creative name as well.
Get this printable in my shop right here at The Art Dream!
Use lots of tissue paper to make flowy, luxurious hair fit for a carefree mermaid living the ocean life! You could also use ribbons, yarn, or even strips of wrapping paper or a combination of all of them, but remember you want the materials to be lightweight so that they move and drape well. You can also add glitter or even perhaps real shells, and don't forget you can always color on top of my printables.
Follow my instructions below for putting this craft together! You and your little ones will love it! Remember to visit my shop to download this printable. Check out the video to see my mermaid swim around!
Step 1. Download the mermaid from the shop and print on white cardstock. Cut out the shapes, there are five in total.
Step 2. Prepare your tissue paper by cutting it into strips, I made thin strips with hand shredding scissors as well as wider strips for the bulk of the hair.
Step 3. Glue the smaller strips to the front of the printable and be sure to cut around the face. Glue the longer strips to the back of the printable.
Step 4. For the tail roll up the circular piece until you form a party hat shape, continue to tighten the cone until it fits into a toilet tube. Glue it together and put a piece of tape to hold it in place while it dries.
Step 5. Cut a slit in the tip of the tube to slide the fins in.
Step 6. Wrap the body around a toilet tube tightly and secure with staples.
Step 7. Glue on the arms how you'd like, glue the rim of the cone and place it inside of the tube, allow it to dry well.
Step 8. Add any kind of extra details you'd like!
I love moving and transforming papercrafts how about you? This magic cube craft is crazy mesmerizing, you'll be stunned at how this awesome craft works. Eight small boxes make up one large cube that shows off several hidden images! I've featured my magical unicorn on one of the boxes along with other sweet treats like a doughnut and cookie! The other is a superhero theme with Spider-Man and the Batman symbol! This was seriously a super fun papercraft that will surely keep kids (and you) busy! If you like this papercraft then head over to my shop for some unique, instant downloads to keep the littles busy this summer!
This is another exciting collaboration with hellowonderful.co who I must say executed this puzzling project beautifully, be sure to check out her video at hellowonderful.co! If you're looking to give one of these boxes a go then download the free printables below! And don't forget to check out the full tutorial to see how to put this together, you'll also be able to follow a link to more detailed video tutorials for assembling magic cubes.
Please remember to save the files to your computer before printing!
You'll first need to download the following file which is the pattern to make the boxes, print this page four times for a total of eight boxes.
Here are the files for the color your own unicorn cube. These get colored, cut out and glued to the magic cube after it's assembled.
Here are the files for a color your own superhero version...
Take a look at my video to see these magic cubes in action!
Galaxy Planet Craft
How far-out are these galaxy planets made with some of Ooly's fantastic art supplies! Make some of these intergalactic floating planets for a science project, a party or as bedroom decoration!
I am fortunate enough to get the chance to work with the wonderful people over at Ooly! Visit their site for some awesome arts and craft supplies! Here I've made these super cool and vibrant planets using some neon and glitter paints, they were the perfect color and texture for this project.
Visit the Ooly website for a complete materials list and a full tutorial for making these spacey creations!
I am really smitten with these swirly, starry planets that mimic space's atmosphere and your kids will have a blast coming up with crazy names for their new planets! Also check out my little alien craft with spaceship also at Ooly.com!
See the full tutorial for making these at Ooly.com!
How amazing are those little succulents that have been becoming so popular these days? They really do make the best house plants and they're so unique as well. hellowonderful.co and I thought it would be great to offer these little three dimensional plants for you to personalize how you'd like. My spikey, spirited succulents love the heat and they are looking forward to some summer sun! Add your own touches to these adorable little cactus plants like tissue paper flowers, small gems or pom-poms!
Here are three designs for you to try out, they even have little pots to be displayed in. I've also made this printable available to color yourself, which is also great to print on colored paper to get you started on designing this craft. And as another option I've made this project a little bigger as well, you could trace the patterns onto cardstock paper and create your own cacti from scratch.
Thanks again to hellowonderful.co for sharing this craft and for showing us a super cool video demonstrating how to put them together! I hope you all have a lot of fun creating your little cacti, be sure to download below and be sure to check out my shop to find more awesome printable crafts.
Please remember to save the files to your computer and print from your downloads folder, if you print directly from your computer the images will be too small. If you're having some trouble printing try changing the printing settings to "fit to page" for a more accurate printout.
Here is the colored cactus plant...
Here is the color your own option...
Don't forget to check out hellowonderful.co's version using the patterns, where you can find a video tutorial on putting these together, she did an amazing job creating her own friendly cacti! You can download the larger cactus patterns right below...
Watch my little salsa dancing cacti in my video! They really know how to move!
Alien Tube Craft With Spaceship
This little alien is traveling through space looking for a new planet to inhabit. Create your own with an easy printable and some creative imagination.
I've recently got the chance to work with Ooly, they've given me the opportunity to try out some great products. Check out their site for a materials list and a fun tutorial on how I made this cute little alien and his spaceship!
Check out my galaxy planets craft as well to go along with this little alien, which you can find at Ooly.com also! You'll be able to download the free alien printable to color yourself, I recommend the Ooly Chalk-O-Rama Crayons, they are super fun to color with and are a great medium for kids to try out.
Pooping Unicorn Papercraft
Guess I'm on a bit of a unicorn kick. I never really imagined creating an actual "pooping" unicorn but alas here it is. Thanks to my friend Agnes at hellowonderful.co for inspiring this magical and quite interesting papercraft. Yes folks here it is in all its sprinkle pooping glory, how could you not have a smile on your face lookin' at this one. What an interesting thing to think, what would a unicorn uh... poop? A rainbow, cupcakes, candy? Well in this unicorn's land they poop sprinkles, yep, much more classy than fudge right? Haha
Make this craft just as it is or use it as a cupcake topper like I've pictured above! I literally made the unicorns poop the sprinkles onto the frosting, too funny, kids will love doing this. Present the cupcakes plain and let the kids sprinkle their own cupcakes! Or ice cream!
Thanks again to hellowonderful.co for collaborating with me on the last few papercraft creations, it's been a blast, can't wait to see what we come up with next and I hope you guys stick around to see too. Visit hellowonderful.co to see a full video tutorial for putting together these shameless unicorns.
Download this craft below and make sure to right click and save it to your computer. Open the files and then print from there, if you print from the internet the image will be too small. If you're still having trouble be sure to select "fit to page" in your printing options window.
Check out that white unicorn pooping all over my cupcake in the video below, mmm delicious! And if you like this papercraft visit my shop to find more unicorn crafts!
NEW! Unicorn Head Tube Craft Printable
I've updated this unicorn head toilet tube craft, it's nice that there's a choice of different colors, because of course no two unicorns are alike! This printable features some softened color changes and I think it makes a huge difference, this version is by far the most regal of my three designs.
I bet your kids love unicorns, they are quite popular these days, I don't think Starbucks would have created a frappuchino inspired by the mystical creature if it weren't so. You'll most certainly enjoy adding your own streamers to this project too, it's the true show stopper for this craft! If you'd like to print out your own unicorn then visit the shop here at The Art Dream!
You'll need a few simple things to make this project, and not a whole lot of time, you can easily set this up for kids and let them go to town without a whole lot of mess either! Just take a look at my how-to video below. Here's a list of what you'll need...
Step 1. Print out the unicorn, then cut out the shapes with a scissor or craft knife.
Step 2. For the horn, score the dotted lines and fold, glue the flap to the corresponding side.
Step 3. Cut some long strips of tissue paper and glue them to the back of the unicorn, make sure you use the side with the ears.
Step 4. Wrap the unicorn around a toilet tube and staple.
Step 5. Glue the horn to the top of the head.
Take a look as some more photos below, I have undoubtedly have had so much fun with this project, it never bores me! It's also great to do with a class, the kids even love when I hand these out as prizes! Such a great incentive. If you like this craft check out some of my other papercrafts in the shop here at The Art Dream!
Bug & Transforming Butterfly Craft
Do you step outside in the summer and instantly get swarmed by bugs? I certainly do, as soon as I set foot on the patio those bugs fly right into my forehead, eyes and up my nose, how annoying isn't it?! Well I figured I'd take my frustration as inspiration to create an easy activity for kids to do this season, after all, some of those bugs out there are pretty amazing creatures! Use simple circles to make these bugs, including this transforming caterpillar to a butterfly version (watch the video in this post)! Kids will love flipping the caterpillar over to reveal its beautiful butterfly wings.
See my how-to video right below here at The Art Dream!
You're going to love the transforming caterpillar version of this bug craft! Just check out the video to see how I made it. All you'll need is a large circle punch, these come in great handy, but of course you can cut out some circles by tracing a cup or something round. Here's a list of some other materials you'll need...
Step 1. Cut out some circles, mine are 3 1/2 inches. Cut a mouth into your circle too.
Step 2. Fold them in half, then paint one side, fold them in half again to transfer the paint onto the other side creating symmetry.
Step 3. Cut out wings using some old clear plastic. Some plastics you can even fold in half so you can cut two wings simultaneously.
Step 4. Keep the bug folded and punch holes on the rounded edge, bend pipe cleaners to make some legs.
Step 5. Glue on wiggle eyes and any other embellishments you'd like!
Be sure to make all sorts of bugs, use inspiration from your own backyard, I especially love lightning bugs or you may call them fireflies. They are one of the most amazing wonders our world has to offer and they're right outside our own homes!
Swimming Mermaids Papercraft
Go under the sea with this swimming mermaids craft, they really flap their fins! How cool! Some simple folding brings these mermaids to life, make them swim, sing and dance on the ocean floor. How fun are these retro mermaids with their sea and coral color palettes?! Best part is that they can actually flap their fins, so they're kinda like paper toys too! Go to hellowonderful.co to see an awesome video tutorial of these little fish girls! And be sure to download this printable below for a fun sea adventure!
I've created 4 different versions of this mermaid, three are already colored and one is black and white for you to color yourself! It would be great to add your own pizzazz to these mermaids like glitter or gems! Just remember to be creative and have fun!
Thanks again to the super awesome hellowonderful.co for featuring this craft on her website, she has as much fun as I do making these crafts and videos! They always come out amazing!
Here are the already colored mermaids... Please save the files to your downloads folder on your computer, then open the folder and print from there. Printing straight from the web will result in a very tiny printable. If your printout is still small, try adjusting the settings in your printing options such as "fit to page" or it might say something like "print actual size".
Here is the black and white option to color yourself!
Check out my little video showing you how these mermaids flap their fins, and if you like this papercraft visit my shop here at The Art Dream!
"Darling it's better under the sea."
Mother's Day Pop-Up Card
I love making my own pop-up cards to give as special presents to the people around me, and thanks to my friend Agnes over at hellowonderful.co for suggesting I design this super easy pop-up card printable for you to make as a Mother's Day gift or any other spring celebration for that matter! Pop-up cards create that extra special moment of awe when people open them, there's something incredibly intriguing about the mechanics, plus the depth and dimension create a wonderful three dimensional scene.
Try printing on colored cardstock paper or coloring your own for that extra touch of personalization! Thanks to hellowonderful.co for putting together an incredible tutorial video showing us how to make this pop-up card, they came out amazing! Head on over to hellowonderful to see more photos and the video.
Both colored and black & white versions are available below. Please remember to save the files to your computer first then open your downloads file on your computer and print from there. Printing from the internet will result in a really tiny pop-up card... unless you want a mini one!
If you like this free printable check out my original printables in my shop right here at The Art Dream!
Here's the color your own printable...
Here is the colored version...
Check out the super cool folding action in this pop-up card! Everyone who gets this from you and your kids will be amazed! Be sure to add more flowers to the background and write a special message. Also remember to add a nice colored or patterned paper to the back of your card for support, plus it makes it look extra nice and finished!
Happy spring everyone!
I'm John, an artist and art educator. The Art Dream is here to spark creativity and inspire the little artist inside of you!
Mermaid Tube Craft Printable
Who would dream about the world above the sea when you could dream about the world that is under the sea, where such beautiful creatures like this mermaid must exist! Don't they? I've started your journey of crafting this beautiful sea creature, it's up to you to add magical hair and dress up her fins!
NEW Unicorn Head Tube Craft Printable
This makes my third style change for my super magical unicorn head toilet tube craft! This version truly represents the whimsical nature of these mystical creatures. Add your own colorful streamers to make this easy tube craft printable!