Monster Mobiles

Kids will love making this silly, adorable monster mobile for Halloween! It’s a great craft for daycare, school, or home, and a fun way to use up your stash of cardboard rolls! Painting, gluing, and cutting, this activity is also loaded with fine motor skills practice. The fuzzy pipe cleaner is great for sensory purposes, too!

You’ll Need:

  • cardboard tubes
  • pipe cleaners
  • googly eyes
  • craft foam
  • paint (purple, black, green, and orange are perfect for Halloween!)
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • glue

Some schools and preschools aren’t permitted to use toilet rolls for crafting. Great substitutes are paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, aluminum foil/plastic wrap rolls, and poster tubes.


1. Have your kids begin by painting the toilet roll tubes.

2. Show them how to hold the tube by inserting a few fingers into it.  That makes it easy for them to paint the whole tube without getting too much paint on their hands.

3. When the paint is dry, poke a hole in either side of the cardboard roll (use a pen or a skewer), and poke the pipe cleaner right the way through to create a pair of bendy arms.

4. Have your child glue on a bunch of googly eyes.  The more eyes, the sillier the monster.

5. While your child is gluing eyes onto his or her monster, you can cut out the craft foam mouths.  A jagged set of teeth are easy to cut but feel free to get as creative as you like with your monster mouths.

6. When the glue has dried, your hooligans can play with their monsters as they are, or you can string them into a mobile.

7. To make our monster mobile, I looped a length of yarn under each pipe cleaner where it ran through the inside of the toilet roll, and knotted it there.

8. When I had yarn attached to several monsters, I gathered them together, and arranged them into a mobile by staggering the monsters so they’d hang at different lengths

Let us know if you tried this craft and what you thought!

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