Cute Card Dolls

By Meagan Meehan, Writer, Author and Designer

Playing cards are great for playing games, of course, but they can also be a fun material to create art with.

Category: Creative and Maker Play

Target age: 4 and up

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: Stuff you can get quickly from the store or delivery

Prep time: 1 to 30 minutes

What You’ll Need

  • 1 deck of cards
  • pipe cleaners
  • googly eyes
  • rhinestones
  • stencil/cookie cutter
  • construction paper
  • pens
  • hole puncher
  • scissors
  • stick of glue
  • lollipops

The Activity

  • Choose a card and punch arm and leg holes

    Choose a card from a playing deck. Face cards are recommended since they are brighter and therefore cheerier. Using a hole-puncher, create four holes to mark a place for two arms and two legs.

  • Make a head and a crown

    Get red and yellow construction paper or cardboard. Being mindful of the proportions of the playing card, draw a heart head and a crown to sit on it. You can draw these shapes freehand or trace them with a stencil. Then cut the shapes out with scissors. Note that you can also make the head a shape other than a heart and use any color paper.


  • Make arms and legs

    Choose a pipe cleaner of any color. Bend it in half and cut it into two pieces. Then bend those two pieces in half and cut them in half. Hence, you will have four pieces in total. Pull one piece through each of the four holes in the card and twist the ends together so it appears as if the card has limbs.


  • Make a face

    Glue the paper crown to the heart-shaped head from the back. Then glue two googly eyes and a rhinestone nose onto the face. Finally, draw “jewels” onto the crown (or apply small rhinestones) and draw a smile onto the face to create a mouth.


  • Add your candy

    Let the glue dry for a few seconds and then add a lollipop (or any other kind of candy) by twisting the pipe cleaner hand around the stick. Enjoy your Cute Card Doll!


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About the Author

By Meagan Meehan, Writer, Author and Designer

Meagan J. Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist, playwright and award-winning abstract artist; she also pens columns for the Great South Bay Magazine, Examiner, and AXS and is a fledging toy and game designer.