- Toilet-paper rolls (about 30)
- Hole punch
- White yarn
- White paint
- Glow-in-the-dark paint (Glowz; krylon.com for retailers)
- White knit cap
- Hot-glue gun
- Wooden chopstick
- Brown acrylic paint
- Large cotton balls
1. Punch 2 holes in each TP roll, 1" from either end, then punch two holes 180 degrees around the roll from those.
2. Tie a large knot at the end of an 18" piece of yarn and thread nine rolls together, lining them up evenly, then repeat on the opposite side; tie the yarn together at the top. Repeat for two more nine-roll sections.
3. For a fourth section, punch holes in two rolls, then thread together and tie a knot at the top. Paint the four sections white, and, before it dries, paint with glow-in-the-dark paint.
4. Once dry, tie the four sections together and hot-glue to knit cap so the short section is in front.
5. Trim the excess yarn. Add a dot of glue to cotton balls and insert into the ends of each roll; let dry.
1. Trace the end of a toilet-paper roll onto cardboard and cut out circle; repeat.
2. Attach circles to each end of the roll with hot glue.
3. Cut a small hole in the center of the roll and push a chopstick through.
4. Paint tube and chopstick brown; let dry.
Originally published in the October 2009 issue of Parents magazine.