I believe kids are never too young to be inspired by art from some of the world’s most creative designers. These whimsical cardboard dolls were inspired by these wooden Alexander Girard dolls. A prolific post-war designer, Girard’s dolls were inspired by his collection of folk art around the world.

We made our own with just cardboard and some paints and they turned out beautiful. This is a wonderful way to teach kids about new artists and to involve them in an art project they will enjoy creating.

Alexander Girard Inspired Cardboard Dolls – Materials:

Paint Markers and/or Paints
– White paint (we used tempera)
– Cardboard


Step 1. First look at the wooden dolls for inspiration and cut out some cardboard shapes resembling the shapes of the wooden dolls.

Step 2. Give the shapes a good coat of white paint. We gave it a double coat. Allow to dry.

Step 3. Use your paints (acrylic or tempera) and paint markers to fill in colorful details, using images of the wooden dolls as inspiration. It’s important to allow your child some creative expression here to make these his or her own.

Once the dolls are dried, you can stand them up by gluing a piece of cardboard to the backs.

Aren’t these adorable, fun and colorful? Display them around the home to make a bold statement from your little artist or play with them as cardboard puppets.

How do you inspire your child’s love of learning about new artists? Check out more creative art projects for kids here!


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