How to Make Paper Dolls

By: the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Tube Friends

Decorate Tube Friends to look like people you know.
Decorate Tube Friends to look like people you know.

Learn how to make Tube Friends -- unique, free-standing paper dolls. Make a whole crowd of tube friends to hold your stuff or just for fun.

How to Make Tube Friends

What You'll Need:

  • Toilet Paper Tube
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft Glue
  • Markers

1. Measure and mark a line 3 or 4 inches from the top of the tube. Cut slits down the tube 1/2 inch apart from the top to this mark. Bend these strips to create hair; trim for style. Wrap the ends of each strip around a pencil to curl it.


2. Paint the tube and the hair the color of your choice. Let dry. Recurl the strips if necessary. Glue on wiggles eyes, and add facial features with markers.

3. Cut a 3-inch circle out of cardboard, paint it, and glue the tube to the top of it when dry.

Tube friends can hold your pencils, but Little Worry Dolls can hold all of your cares. Find out how to make Little Worry Dolls on the next page.

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