Cardboard Tube Robots

Easy to make and fun to play with, transform kitchen cardboard tubes into these cool robot characters!

Cardboard Tube Robots

Skill Level


Time to Make

30 minutes + Drying Time

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Paint a cardboard tube with silver metallic paint and leave to dry.
  2. Cut a rectangle out of yellow card and use deco pens to decorate it. Then stick it to the middle of the cardboard tube using double-sided tape.
  3. Stick two wiggle eyes towards the top of the cardboard tube and use a black pen to draw a mouth underneath.
  4. Cut two small holes into the sides of the tube, either side of the yellow rectangle.
  5. Thread a silver pipe cleaner through the holes you made in step 4 to create the arms. Thread silver spacer beads onto the arms and trim them if necessary.
  6. Cut a section of a silver pipe cleaner about an inch long and push a metallic pony bead onto the end of it, Folding the end of the pipe cleaner to keep the bead in place.
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Top Tip

Add two or three coats of metallic paint to make it appear shinier

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