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How To Make A Glitzy Cardboard Tube Unicorn

Do you have a unicorn fan in your family? Any Blue Peter fan will know how useful a cardboard tube from a loo roll or kitchen roll can be, and now you can make your own mythical creatures with them thanks to Sadhbh Devlin.

With a cardboard tube and a little bit of sparkle, this sweet unicorn couldn’t be easier to make! Your little one will have all kinds of fairytale adventures with her once she’s made.

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You Will Need: 

• A Cardboard Tube 
• Pencil 
• Scissors 
• Paint & Paintbrush 
• Pipe cleaner (sparkly if possible!) 
• Black marker 
• Sellotape 
• Stick on ‘jewels’ (optional)

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Method: 

1. Flatten the tube slightly and draw on the lines you see on the image above. Then cut along the lines to create the body and legs of the unicorn. 

2. Use the larger piece of leftover tube to draw and cut out the face of the unicorn. Paint both the face and body in your chosen colour. Wait until the paint is dry to add the eyes and nostrils with your marker. 

3. The next stage is to add the all important unicorn-horn! Pierce a small hole in the ‘forehead’ and ‘neck’ of the unicorn using a push-pin, a sharp pencil or even a toothpick. Thread through a short length of pipecleaner and attach it to the back of the ‘neck’ using a piece of sellotape.

4. Use the leftover pipe cleaner to create a tail. Attach it by cutting a slit in the rear of the unicorn and slotting the tail in. 

5. Use stick-on ‘jewels’ for an extra touch of magic! 

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What else can you make with cardboard tubes? We'd love to hear your suggestions.


About the Author

Sadhbh Devlin has always been told she has a head for hats. In truth, she only owns two hats, both woollen and shapeless. She does, however, wear many metaphorical hats. She is mother to five-year-old twin girls, wife to a very tall husband, a crafter, a party-lover, an avid photo snapper, a sometime production designer and soon-to-be TV presenter. She writes about all of these hats and more at her award-winning blog www.wherewishescomefrom.com. Find her on Twitter @wherewishes.

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