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Cardboard Tube Projects Part 3: Things you can make

In this part of the tutorial I show you a variety of different things that I have made with tubes and you can make them too. This will also give you some ideas for unique things you can make.



A cardboard tube xylophone

You can make an xylophone by cutting different length tubes and suspending them with strings in a box. It is important that they hang in some kind of box because it amplifies the sound. And keep the strings taut. It makes a difference.

Experiment with the lengths of the tubes to see if you can get a full scale of notes.


A cardboard tube rattle

You can pour lentils or dried beans into a tube, seal the ends and you have a rattle. The size of the tube and the amount of lentils affects the sound.


Cardboard tube dynamite

Some red paint and a strip cut from another tube for a wick and you have a great looking stick of dynamite!


A cardboard tube sword

With a few tubes you can also make a sword.


And if you are really ambitious you might want to make something big. There is quite a bit of strength in cardboard tubes when you assemble them well. For this project I used only cardboard tubes, hot glue and a pair of scissors. It is over six feet tall.

A cardboard tube eiffel tower

Here is a closeup showing how I used a variety of different techniques to make the Eiffel Tower.

Closeup of the eiffel tower



Rapunzel Paper Diorama

Make a Rapunzel Paper Diorama (Tatebanko)

Here is an easy scene from the Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel that you can make. I give you everything in the template. You print it up and put it together. Make a Rapunzel Paper Diorama


Ship in a Bottle Make a Ship in a Bottle

We make a scene from the Odyssey. It is the Sirens and Odysseus tied to the mast of his ship. Fun project. I teach you the basics of making a ship in a bottle or how do you get that ship in there! Make a ship in a bottle