It’s about that time. The time for school registration. I know, we’re still in the middle of summer. We’re not rushing these days by. The time to fill backpacks with pencils and notebooks and folders is really only a few weeks away, though. I have a few kids who are excited to get back, to see their friends. For them, we’re getting ready with this Cardboard Roll School Bus Craft with Free Printable School Bus Template!
We’ve come up with some really fun back to school ideas in the past, and this Cardboard Roll School Bus Craft goes on that list, too. This DIY Desk Cubby is a personal favorite. This Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Pencil Craft and our Back to School Scavenger Hunt Printable are just a few more great ideas.
For our Cardboard Roll School Bus Craft be sure to first print our free school bus template to make the bus windows and doors easier.
To make super straight lines, use a paper cutter. But if kids are working on scissor practice, simple cuts with scissors will work, too. They obviously just won’t be as precise. Then you’ll need a clean toilet paper cardboard roll, yellow paint, glue/glue stick, black and white paper, 1” circle punch, a regular single hole punch, as well as black and red sharpies.
Cardboard Roll School Bus Craft
- School Bus Printable Template
- Toilet paper cardboard roll
- Yellow paint
- Cardstock – black and white
- Sharpies – red and black
- 1” circle punch
- Single hole punch
- Glue/glue stick
- Paper cutter (optional)
Begin by pressing a cardboard roll flat.
On one end of the roll, make a rounded cut about halfway up. Cut in about an inch or so. Then cut up and round off at the top for the main shape of the bus.
Paint the cardboard roll yellow. Let dry. While the cardboard roll is drying, print the bus printable template. Cut out the pieces either with scissors or a paper cutter.
Cut the bottom of the cardboard roll across.
Use the 1” circle punch to punch 2 circles from black cardstock. Also punch 2 small white circles from the white cardstock. Glue the small white circle in the center of the black circles.
Glue half the circles to the bottom of the cardboard roll, so that the other half is off the roll. And glue the roll shut again, as well.
Glue the bus number in place across the bus. Then glue the doors on top of the end of the bus number and glue the windows in place, too.
Finish with a small strip of red marker on the tail end of the bus and a half circle of black marker for the headlight in front.