DIY Paper Dolls Craft

Post by Todder RoyaltyPaper Dolls CraftA little over a month ago, The Land of Nod and Toddler Royalty teamed up for a creative day of Paper Doll making fun! A fashion-inspired activity that you might end up enjoying more than your little ones do.  You can create so many different fun characters; from mermaids to superheroes to mini runway fashionistas. All you need is a small list of craft supplies, imagination and you’re ready to create.

Paper Dolls Craft

Paper Dolls Craft

Paper Doll Craft Supplies:

  • 8.5×11 card stock (try different colors for each character- blue mermaids, pink princesses, green super heroes)
  • ⅛” hole punch
  • Small brads, to put dolls together
  • Fabric glue
  • Markers, pencils, or crayons
  • Googly eyes
  • Yarn
  • Fabric (you can buy great fabric quarters individually or by the bundle at JoAnn Fabrics)
  • Paper doll template (download it HERE)
  • Anything else you want to use to accessorize your character (buttons, flowers, bows, soccer balls, skateboards, etc.)

DIY Paper Dolls Instructions

  1. Start by printing out your paper doll template on card stock.
  2. Cut out all pieces and punch holes at the shoulders, hips, arms and legs.
  3. Place brads in holes to attach all paper doll parts. Using brads allows your paper dolls to have movement, which equals more fun for the kids.DIY Paper Dolls Craft
  4. Now it’s time to get creative and let their imaginations run wild. Take your fabric and cut out different clothing pieces. I know my girls like to look through my fashion magazines for inspiration and try to recreate the clothing shapes they see.
  5. Hole punch the fabric in the areas that the brads will go.
  6. Take the brads out of the doll before you glue.
  7. Glue your dolls where clothing will be placed and put clothing on. Once the glue is dry and clothing is in place, you can then place the brads back in their holes.DIY Paper Dolls Craft
  8. Cut your yarn and make any kind of fun and crazy hairstyle you want. Use different colors, adorn the hair with bows, pom poms, braids, etc.

  9. Take your googly eyes and glue them in place. Draw on your nose and mouth or use beads, pom poms or yarn for these as well!DIY Paper Dolls Craft DIY Paper Dolls Craft

  10. Wait for your dolls to dry and be prepared for hours of endless fun!

You can so create many different characters, put together a Paper Doll Runway Show (this is my girl’s favorite), a Paper Doll Theatre, Paper Doll Rock Concert. Not only does it challenge their imagination, it helps assist them in creating their own unique wardrobe style!

DIY Paper Dolls Craft

Photography: Olive And Honey Photography

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DIY Parade Flags

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags

We love a parade and these happy canvas flags are perfectly perfect for a summer parade, party, of picnic!

Supplies Needed:

  • Canvas
  • Dowels
  • Tissue paper
  • Fabric paint or acrylic paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Glue + glue brush
  • Glue gun
  • Fun extras – pompoms + ribbons + tassels

How to Create Your DIY Parade Flags:

Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags Supplies

  1. With fabric scissors, cut out as many flags as you want in varying sizes. We like to mix them up, wide + narrow, short + long.
  2. Paint your flags with bright colors, bold stripes and dots, or fun shapes. I encourage kids to cover the entire surface of the canvas.Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags
  3. While the flags are drying, cut up the tissue paper into small strips or pieces. If you have one or two flags, cut your dowel in half. We recently used the entire length of the dowel for 7-8 flags and it looked really great.Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags
  4. Brush white glue onto the dowel and cover it with the tissue pieces. If you’d rather paint your dowel, we’ve had great success with watercolor paint or acrylic paint (recommended for older kids).Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags
  5. When your dowel and flags are completely dry, add hot glue to the dowel and gently wrap flags around it.Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags
  6. Now add your pompoms, tassels, and ribbons for fun and extra festive flags!

Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags

Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art.  

DIY Bug Hotels

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

DIY Bug Hotels

What’s a “bug hotel” you ask? A bug hotel is a summer essential when you’re out and about in the garden, meadow or strolling the sidewalk. Beetles, insects and fireflies will have a swell place to visit for your brief observation.

Bug Hotel Supplies needed:

  • paper or cardboard container with a lid
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • window screen
  • masking tape
  • sharpie marker
  • x-acto knife – parents only

1.   Peel off all labels from container before drawing windows and doors. We up-cycled coffee containers for our bug hotels, oatmeal containers work great too.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 1

2.   Once the outlines for windows and doors are in place, get out your paints and a medium sized brush. Paint the entire surface, painting around each window and door.We applied a second coat of paint AFTER windows and doors were cut out.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 2


3.   This step is for PARENTS: After paint has dried, use an x-acto knife and cut out all windows and doors. Cut a circle out of the lid for roof top ventilation.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 3

4.   The screen is easier than you’d think. Cut one piece that fits snug inside the container. It easily rolls up and fits into place, a little of the screen might overlap.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 4

5. Flip the lid over and cover the lid with a piece of screen to fit. We used small pieces of masking tape to secure the screen.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 5

6. Adding details like window boxes and funny bug drawings are the cherry on top!

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 6 DIY Bug Hotels

Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art

DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids

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DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids

Want a kid friendly craft project that will keep little ones busy long after the craft supplies have been put away? Then you are in for a treat because these DIY paint can stilts are a cinch to make and provide hours of entertainment. To make your own…

You’ll need:

  • Pint sized paint cans, from the hardware store
  • 10 feet of paracord per set of stilts, from the craft store
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • These patterned paper templates

Here’s how to make DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids:

  1. Download template and print 2 per stilt on white text weight or card stock paper and cut along the dashed lines. OR, cut paper to the size of can and let your child decorate.
  2. Tape one end of the paracord to the outside of paint can. Decide how long you want the handle to be, tape the other end of cord to the opposite side of the paint can and trim. Repeat with other can and remaining paracord.
  3. Cover can and paracord ends with decorative (or decorated) paper and secure with double-sided tape.
  4. Time to play! The grass or carpet is a great place to practice walking on stilts while getting the hang of it. Easy and amusing, right!?

DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids

My 6 year old Tilly (pictured above) said, “These are so cool, mom! Feels like I’m so tall!”

DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids
They are fun for parents too…. Enjoy!

Rae Ann blogs at Rae Ann Kelly and is a kid wrangler, graphic designer, food & craft nut. Her blog features little tidbits about her day to day life & design projects, tutorials for DIY’s, free downloads, yummy recipes, lots of kid friendly ideas and outfit inspiration.