Tissue Box Robot

Tissue Box Robot
Tissue Box Robot

Kids love robots and my son is no different. I keep a large plastic bin full of household recycling items in my studio for when my son gets bored. He’s made several robots which you can see below. In this post, I’ll give you some ideas about how to make robots with stuff that you would normally throw away.

First you’ll need to gather some materials to use for your bots. Here are some of the items I use:

tissue boxes • soup cans • coffee cans • cat food cans • cereal and dry food boxes • popsicle sticks • candy stirring sticks • metal and plastic lids • red plastic lids from creamer bottles • cardboard scraps • paper scraps • screws, nuts, and bolts • embellishments from a craft store scrapbooking aisle

And you’ll need a few tools. I use:

masking tape • scotch tape • white glue • Super glue • scissors • drill • screwdriver • wrench • stapler • permanent markers

Your child will probably need adult guidance with making robots, especially if you use metal, power tools, and Super glue. Put aside your perfectionist tendencies and allow your child to guide the process. I almost had a heart attack when my son simply taped a screw on his robot’s head to form a mouth, but he was perfectly happy with this technique and would not allow me to change it.

Tissue Box Robot Coffee Can Robot

My son made this from a coffee can for the body, two plastic cat food containers for the feet, a red plastic lid from a creamer bottle for the head, cardboard arms, a cardboard shield, and a candy stirring stick for a weapon.

Below is one I made from a tissue box with scrapbooking embellishments glued to his chest. He has toilet paper legs with plastic cat food container feet that I spray painted green. His head is a cardboard gift box spray painted silver with electrical components glued to it for features. He has cardboard arms and carries a protest sign.

Tissue Box Robot
Tissue Box Robot

One of the things I really like about this guy is that the lid of the box that forms his head is removable, revealing his inner workings.

I’ll be adding more to this page as I have time so check back. In the meantime, here is a great webpage with more info on making your own Trashbot: http://www.looledo.com/index.php/trash-bot.html.


  1. fantastic !!!!!!!!!! super!!!!!

  2. I love the diversity of your talents & your generosity in sharing / educating! How interesting you are! What a treat to find you!

  3. That’s so cute! Probably, because of my work, I’m a big fan of reusing things and I’m trying to teach my toddlers to do the same! That project will be great for my cause!

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