Paper Tube Horse Craft

My students and sons always loved learning about animals. We watched farm videos, I showed them photos of my family’s farms up north, and we made farm animal crafts. One of my favorite crafts to make with the kids was this silly paper tube horse craft. 

Paper Tube Horse Craft 

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Horse Craft Project:

  • Paper Tubes – two toilet paper tubes or one paper towel tube for each horse.
  • Scissors.
  • School glue or hot glue gun and glue.
  • Pipe cleaners.
  • Hole punch.
  • Optional – yarn, paint, felt, or construction paper. I used textured brown craft foam for the ‘fur’.

This paper tube horse craft is such a fun activity. And, it is great opportunity to teach your little ones about farm animals. Plus, it helps develop fine motor skills, especially if you add a braided horse tail!

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Let’s get started on this cute little project! First, gather all of your supplies. This will make crafting a lot easier.

Begin by cutting the paper tubes in half. If you are using a paper towel tube, cut it in half, and then cut one of those pieces in half again. You will only need one larger tube and one smaller tube. 

Then, if you are going to paint the horse, paint it now. The larger tube is the horse’s body, the smaller one is the horse’s head. I had a textured craft foam in my craft supply stash, so I used that. I just cut it to cover each tube. Since it was so thick, I needed to use hot glue to secure it.

Next, punch two small holes in each end of the larger paper tube. Then, punch two more holes directly above one set of holes in the larger tube, and one hole at the other end. Finally, punch two holes into the end of the smaller tube.

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After the paint is dry, poke pipe cleaners into the pairs of holes in the larger tube. One pipe cleaner bent into a “U” shape is all I used. Then, poke another pipe cleaner into the double holes on the larger tube, and connect it to the smaller tube. I knotted the pipe cleaners on each end to keep them secure. 

Now, you can add construction paper ears and eyes to the horse’s head. And, braided yarn is the prefect horse tail. 

That’s it! This is such a fun craft to do with your little ones. And, I hope it has inspired you to make a herd of wild paper tube horse craft projects with your little ones! 

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