These painting sets were so easy to make and fun for the girls to set up for their dolls for our weekly Book Club. More on that in a minute. Here’s Rebecca with her paint set.
The girls loved creating paintings for the dolls as well.
Aren’t they cute? And look at these little paint pallets that my friend Krista made to go with the little brushes.
Here is all you need. (Affiliate links below.)
For the easels:
- Popsicle or craft sticks
- Glue Gun
- Washi Tape or craft tape
- Mini Canvases, 2×2 or make your own with white card stock or cardboard.
You will also need a small piece of foam for the paint pallets, some small paint brushes and a little more craft tape for the brushes.
How To Make Craft Stick Easels
1. Wind the washi tape around the craft sticks.
Make four sticks total and have your glue gun ready to go.
2. Glue two of the sticks together at the top with a hot glue gun.
I had these small paint brushes that came with a craft set. No one used them much, so I cut them to doll size with my gardening shears.
I didn’t like the red, so I covered them with a little more washi tape.
Next, my friend Krista took a piece of white foam, cut into the shape of an artist’s palette and drew paint circles on with sharpies. She cut a little hole for the doll’s thumb to fit. Here’s American Doll Ruthie holding her paint palette and brush.
Next, we had the girls create mini paintings using the small canvases and Sharpie markers.
About Our Book Club
We did this craft as part of my daughter’s American Girl Book Club. We meet weekly to do a craft project and discuss the book we are reading. We’ve mostly done the historical American Girl dolls. The girls are currently reading the Saige books. Saige is an artist and a horse lover. We made the Paint Sets for Dolls while discussing the first book, Saige (American Girl Today).
In the coming weeks, we will learn about Pablo Picasso because Saige’s horse is named after him. Here are some ideas that we will be drawing inspiration from, found on Pinterest.
- Wonderful unit study, including a great video for kids, from Kristen at Teaching Stars.
- Picasso guitar collages from Meri Cherry.
- Printable biography of Picasso from Marking Art Fun.