Monday, 29 October 2018

Halloween Mummy Recycled Paper Tube Treat Holder

There's definitely nothing fancy about these Halloween mummy treat holders, but there's tons of riptastic fun! They're free, recycled and recyclable (depending on your local area recycling programs), and very simple to make. Our boys LOVE ripping and puzzle opening, and a cardboard tube, empty box, or egg carton can compete with the fanciest of dog toys. The empty white cardboard tube was just begging to be mummified. Woofs!

The tube used for my mummies was a long tube, cut in half to a size similar to a toilet paper tube (our toilet paper tubes are brown), to make a mummy for each dog. The tube's spiral paper line creates a natural staring point for sketching out some mummy bandange wrapping lines.  Then eyes are added in a suitable position between those lines (don't forget to leave an allowance at the top for folding).  Draw on extra lines to create an opening in the bandages around the eyes to be filled in black, and then add a few extra lines to complete the bandage wrapping.  Tip: While these are for pawing and pulling open, it's best to be safe and use a non-toxic ink as there may be some mouthy ripping involved. 

As with our Christmas pillow boxes and party poppers, to fold the ends of the tubes but keep the body round, I like to lightly squeeze the working end of the tube to create opposing points, then fold down the sides to close the tube.  If you prefer a flat traditional pillow shape, flatten the whole tube to point/crease the sides instead of just squeezing the working end.

My paper-ripping pets would enjoy opening the rolls as-is, but these are pawesome for tucking a little treat or two, a few ratting bickies inside, or perhaps even a toy for a small pet like a cat.  The finished tubes hold closed without gluing/taping the ends if you aren't using heavy fillers. Rigidity varies with different cardboard rolls, and you can reopen/close the ends with care.

Remember: Playtime is always safer (and more fun!) together. Know what is/isn't suitable for your specific pet, take care, and supervise. Any wrapping you may use for pets, whether store bought or homemade, is strictly for ripping open, not for eating, and may not be suitable for some pets. 

Have a pawesome Halloween, furfriends!  Please stay safe and secure for Halloween and have fun.  Looking for more Howloween ideas?  You can find all of our Halloween-related posts here, like the yummy mummy bone treats pictured below, and we also have board full of spooktacular Halloween links on Pinterest

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