The whole thing cost me $2.99 to make! And it is sturdy enough to use again. The cheap tissue paper ones cost between $6.99 and $19.99 (sometimes even more) and are destroyed quickly. This is about a foot tall, a few inches thick and stands on its own. So easy to make, too. In preparation of this blog post, I made a number two (hahaha, my 9 year old would be cracking up if he read that!) and took photos to show you each step of the way.
A large cardboard box with two large sides that can be cut into a shape.
a box cutter
a pencil or marker to draw the shape
10-20 empty cardboard toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls.
a roll or two (depends on size of your shape) of duct tape. You can find almost any color or design in craft stores. Look for coupons before you go. I ended up finding a ton (24 rolls!) of colored and printed duct tape at CVS for 90% off at the end of summer, so I stocked up. Michaels or AC Moore will have 30-40% coupons you can use.
First I took a big cardboard box and drew a big 2.
Make sure most of the number/letter/object is covered with cardboard rolls.
After the glue is completely dry, start wrapping your project in duct tape. I used plain pink, but you can use any color or print for whatever party theme you are doing. Any color or design will work, depending on your design. If you want to do "HOHOHO" for Christmas, obviously a cute red, green, white, gold or silver will work, or you can use the Christmas stripes or designs. A Thanksgiving turkey would be cute in brown and orange. My son loves Superheros, and I've seen the Avengers on duct tape, so that would be perfect for him.