Robot Toilet Paper Roll Craft

We’re having a robot party for our son this weekend, so of course, all the chatter this week has been about robots. I decided to put together this easy robot toilet paper roll craft, and the kiddo loved it. It’s super easy to do, and you have to admit… it’s pretty cute!
This robot cardboard tube craft is so fun to make!


I was so surprised when the kiddo actually took the time to put the beads on his robot. He usually likes the painting portion of our craft projects but has little patience for the smaller details. He followed this one through until the end!

Robot Craft Materials


First, of course, you need to paint your toilet paper roll. I thought we’d need to do a couple of coats with this metallic paint, but no! It coated the cardboard perfectly the first time. It also works great on styrofoam!


See? Great coverage. Even with my son’s own unique method of painting.


Let the paint dry for a couple of hours. Our toilet paper tubes were actually dry within about half an hour, but it may take longer depending on the type of paint you use.

While the paint dries, cut out your construction paper pieces. You need a rectangle for the “control panel” on the front of the robot, and a couple of strips for the arms.

Glue the large rectangle on the robot first.


Glue the eyes and pony beads on next. Allow those to dry completely before sitting the robot upright. If you’re in a hurry, use a hot glue gun instead.



When the paint is dry, draw the robots mouth with a black marker. To make the arms, crimp (by folding) small strips of construction paper for each arm.

Your toilet paper roll robots are now complete!


Looking for robot party ideas? Check out the robot cakes roundup we put together. For more toilet paper tube crafts, try our cardboard tubeย sharks!

Super cool robot cakes

Toilet Paper Roll Shark Craft

27 thoughts on “Robot Toilet Paper Roll Craft”

  1. I’m always looking for new and easy craft ideas. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to try this with my daughter. Now off to digging up some of the old toilet paper rolls from the recycling box!

  2. These robots are so cute! I love how easy they are to make. It’s a great idea for a party activity or as decorations (pinned!).

  3. I’m dropping by from the Treasure Box Tuesday link party. This is such a wonderful idea! I’ve pinned it so that I remember to make these next time my grandchildren come over to play. You are so creative!!

    I have a link party that I’m trying to grow. It is Grandma Ideas Sharing Time at It runs from Wednesday at 12:00 a.m. to midnight on Friday Mountain Daylight time. I invite you to share this idea — and a couple of other ones — because I think that my readers would really enjoy this as much as I do.

    I hope to see you there,

  4. My daughter loves Robots or Rombots as she refers to them. I will definitely try this quick craft since I already have all of the supplies.

  5. Thanks for linking this up at the Learning Kid Link-Up. This is so cute, and I love how easy this would be to do. I know my daughter would love this as well so I’ll be trying this one out for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. this is a great project to keep him busy at Grandma’s! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  7. We have a huge stash of toilet paper rolls and we are always on a lookout for a good paper roll craft! Your robot is a great idea for our homeschool co-op. The main consideration is always how manageable the activity is with a large group of kids and this looks like just the right thing. I will be pinning and sharing. Hope to see you next Week!

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