My love of toilet paper/paper towel tube crafts has surfaced yet again. As part of our Japan Unit, I wanted to create a famous landmark out of upcycled materials. My collection of cardboard tubes really came in handy for this craft!
A torri is a traditional Japanese gatee most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. I patterned our craft after the famous torii at Itsukushima Shrine, which is located in water.
I used three large paper towel tubes, four toilet paper tubes, a cardboard base and craft sticks.
I used a hot glue gun to assemble all the pieces. The top of the torii was made from a longer tube smashed and turned up at the ends.
I glued two lines of craft sticks on each side to hold the tubes together and a double set of craft sticks along the top to add detail and stability.
My little artist loved painting the entire thing red. It was a little messy, but I think she did a pretty good job.
After the red dried we added black for contrast as some of the torii gates in Japan look like.
We decided to use aluminum foil for the base because it’s reflective and kinda looked like water.
After gluing several pieces around the tubes and trimming it, it turned out pretty good looking!