DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Quetzal Toilet Paper Roll Craft
I've had a few people beg for toilet paper roll animals for every letter of the alphabet. A few letters are a bit tough, but I'll do my best!
The Quetzal is Guatemala's national bird. It lives in Central and South America and is near extinction. In ancient times, Aztec and Mayan people loved the beautiful feathers of this colorful bird. The feathers served as symbols of wealth and status.
This is a simple cut and paste craft that uses a toilet paper roll as a base to give it a three dimensional effect.
- toilet paper roll or cardboard tube,
- something to color with,
- Print out the template of choice.
- Color the pieces as appropriate and cut them out.
(You may want to peek at the color template to see what color everything is.
The wings are green and brown, the body and head are green, the chest is red and the tail is green tipped with blue).
- Glue the large rectangular piece around the toilet paper tube.
- Glue tail onto the back of the toilet paper roll.
I glued it to the inside back and then folded it upward a bit so it
would sit flat on the shelf. I
think it looks nice that way, but be creative.. You could also hang the
tail down over the side or back of the shelf.
- Glue the head onto the front of the toilet paper roll.
- Glue the wings onto the side of the toilet paper roll (this is how I'd
intended... like the bird is sitting down with its wings folded) or make it look like the
quetzal is flying by gluing the wings onto the back of
the roll (some kids prefer their birds "in action").
- Fold the feet and glue the tabs to the inside of the tube.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page
(FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).