Wrap, Rip, Recycle!
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. A cardboard tube, empty box, or egg carton can compete with the fanciest of dog toys. I made these two DIY cardboard tube Halloween mummy dog treat holders (one for each of our boys) just for some pre-recycling fun!
DIY Cardboard Tube Mummy Pillow Box Dog Treat Holders
Supplies and Materials
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. If drawing mummy embellishments, you’ll also need pencils, paints, or markers. These tubes are for pawing and pulling open, but it’s best to be safer and use a non-toxic ink as there may be some mouthy ripping involved.
- Empty cardboard tube (preferably white)
- Non-toxic markers or paints and painting supplies
Decorating the Mummy Tubes
The tube’s spiral paper line creates a natural staring point for sketching out some mummy bandage 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.
Folding the Mummies into Pillow Box Treat Holders
As with our Christmas pillow boxes and party poppers for pets, the tubes can be folded into self-closing pillow boxes. To fold the ends of the tubes but keep the body round, 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 and crease the sides instead of just squeezing the working end. Rigidity varies with different cardboard rolls. You can reopen and close the ends with care.
Using the Cardboard Mummy Tube Pillow Boxes
Halloween Dog Treat Holders
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 or taping the ends if you aren’t using heavy fillers.
Halloween Gift Boxes (for Pets or People)
If you save up enough tubes, you could use these as little gift boxes instead of bags for handing out treats to furfriends or human friends. Tricks for treats? Yes, please.
Just for Fun!
We don’t have any little humans at our place, but they would probably enjoy making and playing with these just for fun. Just like my dogs would like ripping them, just for fun. Haha!
🚨 Safety first, furfriends! Remember, playtime is always safer (and more fun!) together. Know what is and isn’t suitable for your specific pet, take care, and supervise. Any type of wrapping that you may use for pets, whether bought or homemade, is strictly for ripping open, not for eating! Wrapping may not be suitable for some pets. Celebrate safe.