Cardboard Tube Soldier

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Recycle an ordinary cardboard tube and turn it into a wooden soldier! Make multiple soldiers to place around the Christmas Tree.


  • Acrylic Jewels Assorted 9mm
  • 25 Pack Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Feathers White
  • Rainbow Fuzzy Sticks
  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • Rainbow Poms Assorted Sizes, 100 pieces
  • 1 Large Cardboard Tube
  • Craft Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Blue Foam Sheet
  • White Paper
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Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Step 2.

Cut approximately 2” from one end of the cardboard tube.

Step 3.

Starting from one end of the cardboard tube, paint 1/3 Blue, 1/3 Red, and then about ½ of the remainder,  tan mixed with white. Leave the last bit of the tube unpainted. Paint (2) clothespins red and blue, and leave the tops unpainted, as shown. Let everything dry.

Step 4.

Download, print and cut out the template for the hat. To download the template, click the “Template” button above.

Step 5.

Place the template on the blue foam and trace with a pencil.

Step 6.

Cut out the blue foam piece and glue around the cardboard tube, as shown, to form the hat.

Step 7.

Decorate the hat with a yellow fuzzy stick, white feather, an acrylic jewel and small white poms.

Step 8.

Glue the painted clothespins on the soldier’s body to make arms.

Step 9.

Decorate the body with a white fuzzy stick and some yellow poms.

Step 10.

To complete your soldier, glue on wiggly eyes. Add a face, hair and other details with black paint.