Recycled Craft: Tissue Box Monsters (aka Boogie Monsters)
No, I’m not a 12-year-old boy, but I couldn’t resist when it came to renaming these recycled tissue box creatures “boogie monsters.” Get it? Because you use tissue to wipe your boog…Yeah, you get it. My 4-year-old and I had fun putting these together, and what a great Earth Day craft.
What You Need to Make Recycled Tissue Box Monsters:
- Tissue Box
- Egg Carton
- White Glue
- White Paper (or craft foam)
- Pipe Cleaner
- Googly Eyes
- Hot Glue (optional, but recommended)
Pretty simple supplies are all you need for this recycled craft.
Cut the opening in your tissue box so that it reaches all the way to the top on one side.
Cut out two rows of jagged monster teeth from white construction paper or craft foam. (Craft foam will hold up way better.)
Add glue to the sides for the top row of monster teeth and to the sides and long edge for the bottom row. I also reinforced my top row with a couple of pieces of transparent tape once I set them in.
Cut out egg carton cups and glue googly eyes onto the bottoms. Your monster craft can have as many eyes as you want!
Glue the egg cups to the top of your boogie monster. I chose to use hot glue because it held them in place better.
Poke some holes in the top of your recycled tissue box, behind the eyes. Again, you can give your monster as many antennas as you'd like. I went with two, but the little one insisted on five (to match the number of eyes she'd insisted on earlier, of course!)
Feed your pipe cleaners through the holes, and your boogie monster now has antennas, or hair, or tentacles...
What I Learned the Hard Way: I originally found this idea through someone else who found it at Giggles Galore, where Mariah calls them Tattle Monsters. She used white craft foam, and it would be a lot easier to work with. As you can see, our teeth ripped before we were even done making our craft. If you’re like me, though, and are stubborn enough to just use what you have on hand, I’d recommend doing the antennas before gluing in the teeth.