Monster Mobile from Toilet Rolls

Looking for an easy monster craft for the kids to make before Halloween?  Make a monster mobile using cardboard rolls!

Of all the Halloween crafts we’ve made here over the years, this monster mobile is one of my favourites!  Sure, some monsters are scary, but these guys are fun and friendly, and super-goofy!  The hooligans had a great time painting and decorating them, using basic craft materials that we had around the house.

toilet roll monster mobile


Be sure to check out more of our monster crafts before you leave:

Monster Hands – a fun tactile Halloween craft for preschoolers

Monster Swatters  and Monster Spray – fun and funny ways to keep bedtime monsters away

To make your toilet roll monster mobile, you’ll need:

painted tp rolls for monster craft


  • Cardboard tubes
  • pipe cleaners (optional)
  • googly eyes
  • jagged teeth cut from craft foam, construction paper or card stock
  • paint (think hallowe’en colours: green, orange, purple, black)
  • yarn

*For those of you who prefer not to use toilet rolls for crafting, the tubes that hold paper towels, aluminum foil, plastic wrap and wrapping paper are great alternatives.

Have your little ones paint their tubes (to make things easier, have them put 3 or 4 fingers of one hand into the tube to hold it while they paint with their other hand).  Once your paint has dried, you can make a hole in either side of the tube (I used the tip of a pen for this), and poke your pipe cleaner through to create some bendy arms.  Now glue on as many or as few eyes as you think your monster should have, and oooh and ahhhh over how darn CUTE they are!

toilet roll monsters for monster mobile

When the glue has dried, your hooligans can play with them as-is or you can string them into a mobile by looping a length of yarn under each pipe cleaner (inside the tube) and gather them together, staggering the monsters so they hang at different lengths.

monster mobile

Looking for more Monstrous Craft Ideas?

Check out:

Monster Shirt – how to make a Frankenstein tee-shirt for your child.  Crafts by Amanda

Monster Book Marks: simple paper monsters to mark the corners of your pages. Red Ted Art

10 MONSTER Birthday Parties for Kids: check out these terrific party ideas for monster-loving boys and girls! – Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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  1. says

    I just love this craft!! I have to share it on my Facebook page today!! I’ve been following your site for awhile now and I get so inspired!! I just love a toilet paper roll craft.

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Courtney! I’m so glad you’re following along and getting inspiration from our activities!

  2. CraftCollector says

    These are great! I want to do these with my class…what did you hang them off? We have high ceilings so I’m trying to think of an alternative? Thanks!

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