Cardboard Roll Craft - Fairy Wand and Sea Serpent

Cardboard Roll Craft – Fairy Wand and Sea Serpent

2 Easy Cardboard Roll Craft Ideas - Fairy Wand and Sea Serpent

Most of the crafts we do around here come from whatever is laying around. We probably would never do any crafts if I had to run to the craft store for supplies. I was about to throw away some cardboard rolls when I realized they could be the beginnings of a fun and frugal craft project.  I thought they were the perfect size and shape for some sort of wand and my daughter agreed. My son said he did not want a wand and said he would make a sea serpent instead. Here are our cardboard roll craft ideas.

2 Easy Cardboard Roll Craft Ideas - Fairy Wand and Sea Serpent

I started by painting the rolls.  We had pink and blue spray paint on hand so I sprayed each roll and let them dry on the prongs of an upside down tomato cage. When the painted cardboard rolls were dry we got started on finishing them up.

For the fairy wand, I sprayed the painted and dried roll with spray gloss finish, rolled it in glitter, and sprayed it again. If you don’t have spray gloss finish, you could use spray adhesive. Once the wand was dry, I cut and glued the ribbon on.

 2 Easy Cardboard Roll Craft Ideas - Fairy Wand and Sea Serpent

My son took charge of his project. He colored a design on with a sharpie, cut a v-shape out of one end (tail), and used a hole punch to make the sea serpent’s eyes.

2 Easy Cardboard Roll Craft Ideas - Fairy Wand and Sea Serpent

This was a fun and easy project. The children were very happy with the results and it kept us busy for quite awhile.  Have you used cardboard rolls for craft projects? Feel free to leave a comment.  Share and let’s talk about it.

Here is another fun and easy craft for the kiddos – the All About Me craft.

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Oh so easy and cute! We will be making some fairy wands VERY soon!!

  2. I love this idea! And the smile on her face? Priceless!

  3. That is an adorable idea. My daughter is 9 and loves these kind of crafts. Can’t wait to do this with her!

  4. That is a great idea! I never thought to make a sea serpent! And your daughter’s face is classic on there 🙂

  5. Cardboard rolls are so much fun! I made all kinds of things out of them when I was a kid. 🙂 One of my favorites was sticking toothpicks through them, putting rice (or anything else small and hard) inside and sealing the ends. It makes a wonderful sound!

  6. Hi! Dropping by from the Alexa Drop Hop! Have a good day!

    xoxo, Nali

  7. Wow this is pretty fabu i really need to get into this crafting ting with my daughter…lol.New follower from the Alexa blog hop hope you can do the same.

  8. How crafty are you!!! She looks like she really loves her new princess wand. Love ya sis.

  9. Wow – this is a great idea and better than using them as weapons like my kids used to do. I’m following from the Alexa hop – what a great site you have! So much content – I’m gonna have to read more…


  10. Great project ideas for recycling common household items!


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