Here are two easy ways to make beautiful doll clothing made out of pieces of nature! You can try this activity during any season and it’s fun to see how your doll’s outfit changes from one season to the next.
Today is the summer solstice, so it’s officially summer! We spent the morning watering the flowers in our garden and I was struck with some inspiration from the new blooms in our yard.
I grabbed a couple of barbies from my classroom bin, a few other supplies, and my boys helped me pick a few garden flowers for the activity.
I had a couple of ideas in mind for making some nature doll clothing and spent the afternoon testing them out. Check out the results below!
Ready to give it a try!? Here’s what you’ll need..
- Double-Sided Tape– You might want a couple of packs.
- White Contact Paper– You can find all different types and patterns, but we used white.
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Here’s How I Made the Nature Clothing:
The first way:
This way is super simple! Just put strips of double-sided tape over your existing doll clothes. Use little strips of tape and cover the whole outfit. You can hardly see the tape on the photo below, but I promise it’s on there!
Then you can stick little pieces of nature right on the tape! We used daisies and daisy leaves for this outfit. The pieces of nature stuck really well to the double-sided tape.
When you are finished, you can peel the tape off the outfit. Just be gentle when you remove the tape so you don’t damage the clothing. She looks ready for a summer solstice party!
The second way:
This way does not require doll clothing. First I cut one little strip of contact paper and wrapped it around the doll for a top. Then I cut a longer piece of contact paper for a skirt. Both of these pieces were simple rectangle shapes that I wrapped around the doll. They stuck together and made the perfect dress!
You can also make little straps out of contact paper, but I thought it would be fun to make nature straps. Make sure the sticky side is facing out!
Now head to the garden and decorate the contact paper dress! First I used these beautiful delicate purple flowers. They stuck really nicely. Then I added a couple of daisies and those were a bit heavier and fell off after a minute or two.
Ferns worked much better and made the perfect strap for the dress. You can let the pieces of nature dry on the contact paper and and start with a new contact paper dress when you are finished!
Both ways worked well, but I would use the double-sided tape if you have heavier flowers in mind!
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I hope you give this simple nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love this one.