DIY Dolls to Inspire Free Play (Craft Prompt)

This creative DIY Dolls craft is provided for Melissa & Doug by Michelle McInerney,  founder and craft creator behind MollyMoo

Cardboard dolls created to inspire free play – imagination starters from the most basic of craft materials….. cardboard and paint.


Make your own DIY Dolls in two simple steps – cut out and paint

–       First download the free cutting template

–       Cut out as many boys and girls as you want (parents- do this part before asking your children to decorate)

–       Give the dolls one coat of white poster paint to give a good base for colors to stand out on


–       Leave out a selection of poster paints and brushes for your children to get creative with character development and styling (everyone’s favourite part!)

DIY Cardboard Dolls Craft

–       When the paint is dry a black marker is best to add the facial features (no face is complete without eyelashes in our house!)

–       Expect to see the newest additions to the family knees deep in whatever senarios are unfolding in your child’s imagination, in and around the house.

DIY Craft Dolls

DIY Dolls – for hours of creative play (and camping 🙂 )

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MollyMoo_MichelleMcInerneyMichelle McInerney is the founder and craft creator behind MollyMoo – a mum’s blog focused on unique and accessible crafts for children, and crafts for parents to make with and for their children, to inspire play. Visit Michelle on her blog, and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. You won’t want to miss her Pinterest boards either!





  1. Eek – these are so cute! My kids would love these! Thank you so much!

  2. Oooh what a great way to re-purpose cardboard. Such a fun project!

  3. My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. These are adorable!

  5. My kids would love making these! So simple and cute + I love that they use supplies you would already have on hand!

  6. Cuteness!!

  7. My kids would love these–adding it to my “mom I’m bored” bucket!


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