* 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.
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.