Adorable Craft Idea: Cardboard Tube Mini Apples

Put those cardboard rolls to good use with this fun and easy apple-inspired craft

Photography by Candace Lindemann,

Eating an apple a day may keep the doctor away, but we bet your kids will get more of a kick out of painting and putting together these mini apples by Candace Lindemann of Naturally Educational.

The best part about this craft is that it’s simple enough to make that even toddlers can get in on the fun. Whether you make one or a dozen, they’re a great way to keep little ones entertained, and will add a personal touch to your kitchen decor.

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard tubes
  • Green or yellow paint
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

You can find step-by-step instructions to make these cardboard tube mini apples at Naturally Educational. We suggest tailoring this craft for the Thanksgiving and Halloween season by using orange paint, instead of red and green, to create mini pumpkins.

For more ways to reuse your cardboard tubes, check out these cool crafts: “Owly” Bowling Pins and Paper Roll Fish.

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