While we think of Thanksgiving as a day to get together with family and enjoy a great meal, it’s also a day to celebrate and learn about native people. For kids, they can start learning about the history behind Thanksgiving with this Cardboard Roll Native American Craft.
Of course, our Native American craft is also great for National Native American Heritage Month. And to begin learning and celebrating the Indigenous heritage even easier, we have a Free Printable Native American Template, too.
Make a Cardboard Roll Native American Craft
To make our Cardboard Roll Native American Craft you will need our free printable template as well as colored construction paper, a toilet paper size cardboard roll, a black sharpie, a glue stick, and scissors.
Native American Craft Supplies Needed
- Native American Template
- Construction paper – brown, black, grey, orange, red
- Cardboard roll
- Black sharpie
- Glue stick
Native American Craft Step by Step Instructions
Begin by printing the template.
Now, select different colored construction paper for the Native American boy and girl. We’re using brown colored craft paper for the head, black paper for the hair, grey for the clothes, and orange, red, and brown for the rest of the patterns. Trace and cut out all the pieces.
Attach the small triangle cutouts on the belt pattern and attach the 2 feather cutouts together, side by side.
Prepare a piece of paper to entirely wrap the cardboard roll and then attach the collar cutout on the top-middle part of the paper, keeping the pointy edge inside the paper. Attach the feather patterns on the top side of the headband cutout.
Cut a slit on the hair pattern along the yellow line and then slide the top end of the head from under the slit.
Fix the hair and head pattern together and glue. Glue the feather headband on the hair part of the head pattern.
Attach the eye cutouts on the head pattern and then use a sharpie to draw the nose and mouth of the papercraft figure.
Then, glue the head pattern on the top side of the base paper, right above the collar pattern.
Wrap the cardboard roll with the paper, keeping the head pattern facing upwards. Then, craft the Native American girl in a similar fashion.
Such a great craft for a really important purpose.
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More Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids
Looking for more Thanksgiving crafts for kids? Be sure to also check out our Paper Bag Pilgrim Craft, Potato Stamp Turkey Craft, Clothespin and Leaf Turkey Craft, and our Give Extra Thanks Thank You Cards, to name just a few more of our many Thanksgiving craft ideas!