Gather your paper tubes and craft supplies. These collages contain small versions of most totem pole images and characters located throughout this web site. Print the collage sheets on regular to card stock paper. These collage images are sized to fit on one side of a paper towel or gift wrap tube, depending upon the printer set up. Landscape mode on the printer produces the largest possible version of the image (for most printers. For extra large prints such as 11" x 17" and larger, visit the local Staples or Quickie print shops in your area.
Color the images with crayons, colored markers, or colored pencil. Cut each character out with scissors or razor knives.
Where To Find Paper Tubes in the House
Other forms of tubes may be PCV pipe, wood dowels and other specialty construction items.
Coat the backs of each cut out with glue, paste, rubber cement or spray fixative and wrap the image around the tube. Press onto the tube and smooth out any unwanted bubbles or bulges. Use the smaller characters as fillers to insert into amall empty spaces between the larger characters just as actual totem pole carvers do with the big, actual poles.
To stack the tubes, make small 1/4" to 1/2" snips along the edges of the tops of each tube that is to hold a top tube or section. This allows the bottom tube to fold inward slightly to allow the top tube to slide over the bottom tube with a fairly tight fit, which makes the tube easily stacked.
The pole patterns in the Collage page are pre-sized to fit over most toilet paper, paper towel or gift wrap cardboard tubes.
To set the base pole section onto the "X" stand.
Make foam Totem pole decorations. Trace the designs onto multi-color fun craft foam sheets to create colorful soft masks and pole characters. Use the left over trimmings of foam pieces to fill in empty space between totem characters or create your own cut and paste designs and shapes for your totem or masks.
Totem pole craft patterns and templates may be used for teaching a variety of crafty skills. These coloring book patterns can easily be applied to scroll saw wood works to splendid wooden ornaments and decorations. Totem designs can just as easily be used for embroidery, needlepoint, crochet and other cloth artwork or make impressive-looking latch-hook rugs or wall hangings.
Apply these patterns to glass etching techniques or creatively sponge paint stenciling designs to trim your walls or ceramics or decorate wooden furniture.
Children can trace the totempole patterns onto multicolored foam sheets or colorful felt cloth to create soft totems and ethnic theme masks. Create treasured gifts and family heirlooms to hand down to future generations with needlework and embroidery on pillows or tapestry.