You can use any kind of paper and or cardstock (recycled greeting cards or thank you notes work great) to make these cute little books.
- 3×2.5 index cards (This helps avoid too much paper cutting. Plus, we like having lines on one side and blank space for drawing on the other!)
- cardstock or old cards
- brass brad
- hole punch
- scissors or paper cutter
- Take a small stack of index cards and use hole punch to make a hole in the upper left hand corner. We first punched a hole in one stack of three or four cards, then traced the hole onto the top card in the next stack before punching so the holes would line up.
- Cut two pieces of cardstock that are slightly larger than the index cards. (Ours measured 2.75” x 3.25”.)
- Put the two pieces of cardstock together with both decorative sides facing outward.
- Punch a hole in the upper left hand corner of the cardstock.
- Line up the holes of the index cards with the holes on the cardstock. Thread brad through hole and secure.
We purchased these pencils for less than a penny each at the Staples back to school sale!
- Wooden Pencil
- Nail Polish
- Nail gems
- Coat a pencil with nail polish.
- Let it dry and recoat.
- Place small nail gems around the top of pencil.
- Paint metal banding with a complimentary color.
*TIP: We stood the pencil in a Styrofoam block so that we could paint all sides at once. Clay or play dough could also be used to hold the pencil upright.
Make a realistic looking suitcase for your doll.
This craft is a little more difficult, but we loved the result!
- Altoids tin
- Sheet of blank paper
- Masking tape
- Brown shoe polish
- coated wire
- long bead or several small beads
- Small picture-hanging nail
- Fold sheet of paper until it is slightly smaller than top of Altoids tin. This will cover the embossed letters, if present. It will also provide dimension.
- Center the folded sheet on top of Altoids tin and secure with masking tape.
- Continue to place pieces of masking tape on box until the entire surface is covered.
- Using a soft rag apply brown shoe polish to the masking tape. Wipe off excess with clean rag. Repeat process for darker color.
- Have an adult puncture two holes in side of Altoids tins that is opposite from the hinge. Use picture hanging nail and hammer for this. (Each of our holes was approximately two centimeters from the edge.)
- Thread one end of coated wire through hole.
- Add bead or beads.
- Bring Wire through other hole and twist to secure.
- Decorate your suitcase with small stickers, postage stamps, or home made stickers (directions below.)
To Make Travel Stickers
- Tiny printouts of travel pictures (we used Microsoft Word clip art)
- Transparent tape
- Print out small travel pictures. Pictures should be narrow enough to be covered by a single piece of transparent tape.
- Color pictures with markers.
- Cut out pictures.
- Place sticky side of tape over colored side of pictures, leaving edges of the tape exposed.
- Carefully cut around pictures leaving a small area of sticky side of tape around the edges.
- Apply these picture-stickers to surface of suitcase.
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