Totem Pole Collages

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

  • Saran wrap
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Toilet paper rolls

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.

Stack the Tubes

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.

Cardboard Base Tube Holders

  • For a strong base, locate heavy weight vellum card stock paper (card stock)
  • Cut two strips eacb about 1" inch high and at least 4" wide
  • Cut each cardboard strip down the centers at least 1/2"
  • Invert each strip
  • Insert the two slots together to make the "X" shaped stand to hold the pole tubes upright.

Assemble Cardboard Base

To set the base pole section onto the "X" stand.

  • cut 1/4" to 1/2" slits into the bottom tube exactly where each arm of the "X" meets the bottom edge of the base tube (centered over the X)
  • fit the centered base slots over the "X" and they should fit together nice and snug and provide balance for the stack of totem

Soft Tubes Totem Poles

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.

  • Wall hangings
  • Fun awards
  • Tree ornaments
  • Pillow decorations
  • Window decals
  • Printable magnets
  • Table centerpieces, place mats
  • Cup holders

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 totem 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.