Paint Stick Dolls Will Keep Kids Entertained!
Paint Stick Dolls Help Kids Develop Creativity
Kids love these paint stick dolls – they have fun making them and using them for pretend-play.
They like holding puppet shows or just sitting in their bedroom pretending they are superheroes. And, make-believe play helps kids develop their imagination and enhance their creativity. Check out this post on the importance of pretend play for kids.
And, these little paint stick dolls are wonderful for pretending and play-acting. Plus, they are simple for kids six-years-old or older to make. (Note that the clay heads are baked in the oven. Please monitor or do this step for your kids.)
And, no sewing is required!
We made similar paint stick dolls at our church’s Vacation Bible School. I was in charge of the crafts – lucky me! 😊 We made stick figure superheros to fit the superhero theme.
Over two days, our sweet kids made many of these darling Caped Crusaders for Christ. They had baked clay heads, colorful felt masks and bright, felt superhero capes. And, most importantly, the kids enjoyed making them and playing with them! They were so proud of their superheroes!
Wonderful church volunteers lovingly sewed the capes beforehand to make it easier for the kids to complete the craft in the allotted time. And, it worked. Sewing the capes made the craft much easier. And, the Caped Crusaders looked cuter for it!
But, as perfect as the capes were, we know that kids prefer making crafts all by themselves. They love to make something from start to finish.
So, my goal in modifying the stick figures was to avoid sewing. I wanted the outfits to be easy for kids to make.
Plus, I also wanted to transform the superheroes into Cubanita paint stick dolls.
OK, so here is what I came up with. And, no sewing is required in the making of these stick dolls! Woo Hoo!
Supplies Needed to Make Cubanita Paint Stick Figures:
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Clay to mold heads – Sculpey Super Sculpturing Compound 1 lb. box, Beige
Flowers for the head – Burlap Jute Fabric Flowers for Crafts
Ribbon and washi masking tape for the dress
Instructions on How to Make the ADORABLE Paint Stick Dolls:
Mold the clay into the shape of a head. It takes a little effort to mold the clay at first. But, once you heat the clay in your hands, it becomes softer and easier to mold. The head I made measures about 1 and a 1/2 inches wide and two inches long. Attach the clay head to the paint stick by bringing the clay around the back (see picture below). Bake the clay head and stick at 275 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes. Once you take it out of the oven, you will notice that the head has hardened.
Next, grab an 8 x 11-inch sheet of felt and cut small slits about an inch from the edge (it’s easier if you fold the felt when doing this). The slits should be about 1/2 inch apart. And, don’t make the slits too big. The slits should only be as large as the width of the ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the holes.
To decorate the dress, place washi tape (or glue ribbon) at the top and bottom of the felt dress. (Note that you can also glue rhinestones and buttons onto the dress. The decorating options are limitless!)
Pull the ties, place the dress on the stick and then tie it.
Glue the flower on the doll’s head.
Draw the eyes and mouth with a Sharpie or other marker.
And, lastly, make a matching necklace out of thin picture hanging wire. Thread the buttons through the wire. And, tie the necklace around her neck.
And, she’s done!
I love this craft. It has so many possibilities!
For example, wouldn’t it be cute to make a doll for each major country in the world? What a fun, hands-on way to teach kids about geography and other cultures!
I hope these sweet, little Cubanita craft stick figures inspire you to make them with your kids!
Thanks for visiting me today! I’m so honored that you found your way to my little blog. And, if you like my Cubanita craft stick dolls, please leave me a comment. I can’t tell you how much I love to read your comments!
And, if you like crafting with your kids, you might enjoy introducing them to button art.
All kids (and adults) love button art! And, it’s a great way to use up those left-over buttons that are sadly languishing in your button jar!
Happy Crafting all!