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Make a pair of paper roll dinosaurs as a fun upcycling and DIY toy craft idea. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make both a diplodocus and a triceratops using our free printable template.

This craft was first published in 2015 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience.

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paper roll dinosaur craft for kids. Make a pair of toilet roll dinosaurs using our free printable pattern

Do you have any dinosaur fans at your place? I have two. In the past, the girls and I have made dinosaurs from paper plates, and used plastic dinosaurs in both messy play and board games. Now we bring you toilet roll dinosaurs!

By cutting and folding toilet rolls (or any cardboard tube) you can make a Diplodocus and Triceratops, here’s how…

You will need:

  • Cardboard tubes (one toilet roll per dinosaur or one paper towel roll cut in half will make two dinosaurs)
  • Scissors
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Permanent marker to draw on the eyes (optional, you could stick on small googly eyes or paint them on if you prefer)
  • Dinosaur shape templates – to get your free template, enter your details in the box provided


The diplodocus is very simple. Trace or sketch the dinosaur shape from the template onto a flattened cardboard tube first. It should look like this:

diplodocus step 1 - toilet roll dinosaurs

Cut it out…

diplodocus step 2 - toilet roll dinosaurs

Fold the tail and head down so that they point towards the ground

diplodocus step 1 - toilet roll dinosaurs

…and then paint and decorate.

diplodocus step 4 - toilet roll dinosaurs



Trace or sketch the template shape on to a flattened toilet roll. It should look like this.

triceratops step 1 - toilet roll dinosaurs

Cut out the body shape first.Then fold the tail down so that it points toward the ground as shown.

This part is the neck and horns. Fold the neck down and point the horns back up towards the sky.

diplodocus step 3 - toilet roll dinosaurs

Cut out the head shape.

diplodocus step 4 - toilet roll dinosaurs

Fold it horizontally to make it easier to cut out two slits for the horns, as shown below. They should be about where the two bulges are on the sides of the head.

diplodocus step 5 - toilet roll dinosaurs

This piece then slots onto the horns to form the head.

diplodocus step 6 - toilet roll dinosaurs

Paint and decorate. It might be easier to paint the head and body as separate pieces and then slot the head back on to the horns.

paper roll dinosaur triceratops

Can you see the obvious flaw in my triceratops design? I’ve forgotten to make a third horn – whoops! I’ve made up for it by painting one on, but you could cut a small pop-up one on the tip of the nose instead if you like.

And there you have toilet roll dinosaurs.

paper roll dinosaur craft for kids

These happy dinosaurs are off to explore — raaah!

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