* card stock paper
* colored paper
* template (or use mine below)
* crayons or markers
* craft glue
* stickers or glitter (optional)
This craft was inspired by The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven. You can see the finished product below the templates.
This is a great, simple craft to do with your princess. You could also modify the figure for a boy.
Draw an outline of a princess (to make a fairy simply add wings) on your card stock paper. You can use my template (see below) or search online for something to print and trace over (searching for princess silhouette gives some decent results). If you're drawing your own princess, don't worry if you make mistakes.
Once you've drawn the outline, cut it out. This card stock princess will be your template if you ever want to do this project again.
Place the template on a sheet of paper (it can be white or colored, depending on how your child wants to decorate it).
Trace around your template on the new sheet of paper. Then cut it out. Let your child decorate the princess however she wants. When your child is done decorating, glue the paper princess to a new sheet of paper in a color of your choice. Once the glue dries, you can proudly display.
Templates below: These are my crude attempts to draw paper princess templates. The one on the right is my version of Elisa Klevin's Paper Princess. You also can draw your own or find others online. If you use my template on the left, just be careful not to cut off her head when cutting her out; her neck is a little thin!
The finished versions done by my 3 1/2 year old. After coloring and gluing she decided she wanted to add stickers.
A crown fit for a princess - or prince
A nice way to reinforce the letter C of the alphabet & encourage pretend play.
* a few pieces of different colored paper (at least two need to 8 1/2 by 11)
* tape or glue (tape might hold up better)
* stencils (optional)
* stickers or other decorative elements (optional)
* markers or crayons (optional)
Take a piece of colored 8 1/2 by 11 paper and cut it in half. Then tape them together. Depending on the size of your child's head, you might need to trim one end before taping the other end to form the base of the crown.
Take different colors and have your child draw (or you can draw) various shapes. The crown we made was an Ariel crown and we made squiggly coral (use the link for a template if you choose coral). But you can make anything - animals, shapes or even stencils for particular designs.
Once you have them cut out, now is the time to decorate them if your child desires. You can use stickers, crayons or markers to make designs.
Then glue or tape the decorations to the base of the crown.
Sandra K. Lee is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom with a 8-year-old princess & a 4-year-old superhero in Middlesex County, New Jersey.