Cardboard Tube Cactus

  • Grades 1-3

Recycle cardboard tubes, like toilet paper and paper towel rolls, and transform them into fun cactus pals for imaginary play!


  • Cardboard Tubes

  • Paint

  • Wiggly Eyes

  • Scissors

  • Glue


Step 1.

Paint a cardboard tube green.

Step 2.

Cut 2 cactus arm shapes out of another cardboard tube, paint green, and glue to each side of the first tube.

Step 3.

Glue 2 wiggly eyes onto your cactus.

Step 4.

Decorate your cactus! Use dark green paint to add vertical stripes all around your cactus.


Cut out and paint a flower shape and mouth, or make your cactus into a cowboy with a brown hat and mustache!