This week my kindergartener and I decided to decorate our real-life house with another Animal Crossing staple: gyroids! With just paint, paper, pipe cleaners, and toilet paper rolls, you too can have a house full of these kooky statues, each with a personality of their own.
What You Need
- Toilet paper roll
- Paint (washable or acrylic)
- Color cardstock
- Pipe cleaner
- Paint brushes
- Black Sharpie marker (optional)
- Clothespin (optional)
- School glue
- Scotch tape
Begin by deciding which gyroid you’d like to paint. You can create your own, or use the amazing Animal Crossing Wikia to find one that strikes your fancy. Choose your paint color, pipe cleaner (for the arms), and matching cardstock color for that design.
Start by painting your base color on the toilet paper roll.
Allow the paint to completely dry. Add a second coat if needed, or, if you have stripes or more designs to paint, add those and let the paint dry.
Next, paint the spots (if any), eyes, and mouth on the gyroid body.
My kindergartener, who didn’t trust her painting skills, opted to use a black Sharpie to draw the eyes and mouth.
Use a knife or thumbtack to poke two holes for the arms on the side of the gyroid’s body.
Cut one pipe cleaner in half. Fold the two pipe cleaner pieces in half, and then add a 90 degree turn in each arm. Twist the end together.
Wiggle the pipe cleaners into the two holes you poked in the toilet paper roll. One arm points up, while the other points down.
Next, cut a small circle out of the cardstock, at least 4 inches in diameter. Cut a line into the circle, stopping at the center, and wrap the piece around to make a small cone shape.
Kids may prefer to use Scotch tape to secure both front and back of the cone to hold its shape. You can also use tape on the back side of the cone, and use school glue on the front. Use a clothespin to hold the cone in place until the glue dries.
Once the cone is ready, squeeze the school glue to place a line of glue around the top of the roll. It’s okay if it drips inside, as long as some glue is still on the top edge of the roll.
Gently rest the cone “hat” on top of the roll, and allow the glue to dry completely.
Your gyroid is now done and ready to earn you some points with the Happy Home Academy!