Giraffe Craft for Kids

This cardboard tube animals craft was our favorite and he turned out so cute. This long necked animal craft will stand tall and proud in your display area. This one was a bit more difficult and will require two people when gluing together the pieces.

Supplies

  • 3 Toilet Paper Cardboard Rolls
  • Yellow and Orange Paint
  • Yarn
  • 3 Yellow Straws
  • Yellow Pipe Cleaners
  • Craft Foam
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Black Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to Make a Giraffe

Step 1: Paint your Cardboard tubes yellow and let them dry.

Tip: If you have a wider tube available, use this for the giraffe’s body and cut it to about 5″ long.

Step 2: Cut one of the tubes into 4 equal pieces for the giraffe’s feet.

Step 3: Cut another tube 3 1/2″ long for the giraffe’s head. Cut a slit at the bottom and a slit about 1/2″ on each side. Bend in the flap and glue in place. Now cut two more slits on either side at the top. Bring this to a point and glue in place. Repeat this for the two slits at the bottom.

Step 4: This will form a point for the giraffe’s nose. Paint this pointed section black.

Step 5: Paint orange rectangle shaped spots on the body and head of the giraffe.
Step 6: Now it’s time to start putting your giraffe pieces together. Poke a small hole through the craft foam of the feet. Insert half a pipe cleaner through this hole and bend back to hold in place. Now slip on a straw leaving a section of the pipe cleaner at the top of the straw. Now poke a hole in the body of the giraffe to line up with that leg.

Poke the pipe cleaner through this hole and bend back to hold in place. Repeat this for all 4 legs.

Tip: You can place a dab of hot glue to help hold the pipe cleaner and straws in place.
Poke another hole on the top of the body to attach the giraffe’s head. Push your pipe cleaner through the hole and slip the straw over the pipe cleaner. Again leaving enough to poke through the head.

Step 7: Poke a hole through the bottom of the cardboard roll of the giraffe’s head and poke the pipe cleaner through the hole.

Tip: If the head seems to bobble, simply cut your straw and pipe cleaner to shorten it and give it more strength.

Tip: If the head seems to bobble, simply cut your straw and pipe cleaner to shorten it and give it more strength.

Step 8: Using yellow craft foam, cut out circles to close up the holes in the tubes. For the feet, you only need to do the top. For the body, do both holes and for the head, just the backside is fine. Glue these in place.

Tip: It’s easier to glue these in place using hot glue. Also, cut the holes slightly larger and once the glue is set, cut off any excess.

Step 9: Finish off your giraffe by glueing on the wiggle eyes, cut out some ears using craft foam and glue in place. Lastly, several strands of yarn braided together and tie it off about 1/2″ from the bottom. With the remaining section (the 1/2″) fray the yarn to give this tail a fun furry look.

If you don’t have pipe cleaners for this cardboard tube animal craft then simply use the hot glue to hold the straws in place. The pipe cleaners give it a bit more strength so that you can make them longer. So if you only use straws, you may need to make the legs and neck a bit shorter.