Porcupine Craft for Kids

Okay, a porcupine may not be on the top of your list as favorite cardboard tube animals, but after seeing this kids craft completed you may change your mind. This one’s different and fun to make.


  • 2 Cardboard Tubes
  • Card Stock or Heavy Paper
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Button, Craft Foam or Markers

How to Make a Porcupine

Step 1: Paint the cardboard tubes. You can make your porcupine any color you want, but if you want it more natural, go with brown, grey or black.

Step 2: Using the card stock, cut six 4″ square pieces. Use a color that will compliment the color of your porcupine’s body.

Step 3: In each square, cut several triangles to form the quills. For the first 3 squares cut the triangles 2 1/2″ to 3″ long. These will be placed in front. For the last sections make 3 1/2″ inches long.

Step 4: Cut the bottom edges of each quill section to where you have about 1/2″ tab. This tab will be used to glue to the cardboard roll.

Step 5: Glue each section on the roll starting with the shorter ones in front and the longer ones in back.

Step 6: With the card stock, cut out a tail and glue it on the back (on the inside) of the tube.

Step 7: Add some features to your porcupine by gluing on some wiggle eyes, a button for the nose (or draw it on) and glue on some ears using paper or craft foam.

Step 8: Using half of the last cardboard tube, cut four equal sections. Crease each section to make it flat. Now bend each section about 1″ to form the feet. Bend the top about 1/4″ to use to glue to the body. Glue each leg on the cardboard tube body.

Tip: You may have to work with where the bends are to have this porcupine stand on its own.

Porcupines are interesting animals but don’t get too close or their quills will get you.