6 Fairytale Arts & Crafts Activities

Here are 6 wonderful fairytale arts and crafts activities to enjoy making.

These fairytale arts and crafts activities use basic and inexpensive craft materials, such as paper plates, toilet rolls, coloured paper, glue, pens and pencils.

So, have lots of fun making them, as well as going on some fairytale adventures! 

Arts and crafts are a wonderful way for children to express themselves, create something unique, gain a sense of achievement and have creative fun! They are also perfect holiday and rainy day activities.

Fairytale Arts & Crafts Activity 1


Jack’s Paper Plate Beanstalk

5 images showing the different stages of making a paper plate beanstalk

You will need:

  • Paper plates (I used 3 plates – 1 for the beanstalk and 2 for the leaves)
  • Paint brush
  • Green paint
  • Decorative bits, such as buttons, for the leaves (optional)

Making Instructions:

  1. Paint your paper plate. Leave it to dry. You can either paint one side or both sides if you want it green all over. Painting both sides just takes a bit more time!
  2. Cut out lots of leaf shapes from other paper plates. You could also use any card, paper or fabric.
  3. Paint (and decorate) the leaves. Cut beanstalk plate into a spiral.
  4. Make a hole in the middle of the plate ‘spiral’ and thread string through and tie securely.
  5. Glue leaves to your beanstalk and leave to dry.
  6. Hang up your beanstalk.

Fairytale Arts & Crafts Activity 2

Teddy Bear’s Toilet Roll Binoculars

6 images showing the different stages of making toilet roll binoculars

You will need:

  • 2 toilet rolls
  • Glue
  • Ribbon or string
  • Stickers, buttons, sequins to decorate
  • Clothes pegs to hold the binoculars together whilst the glue dries
  • Paint or coloured paper to cover the toilet rolls

Making Instructions:

  1. Paint/cover the toilet rolls with coloured paper.
  2. Glue the toilet rolls down the middle, press together and then use clothes pegs to hold them in place until the glue dries.
  3. Staple the ribbon or string to the toilet rolls or make a hole at one end of each toilet roll. Thread the ribbon or string through and tie a knot to secure.
  4. Decorate the binoculars and wait for them to dry.
  5. Go on an adventure!

Fairytale Arts & Crafts Activity 3

Hey Diddle Diddle Cow jumping over a Paper Plate Moon

4 images showing the different stages of making a cow jumping over a paper plate moon. The cow is a handprint drawn on cardboard and attached to the paper plate with a split pin

You will need:

  • Blue, yellow, white & black paint
  • 2 paper plates
  • A4 sheet white card
  • Black marker
  • Pencil
  • Split pin

Making Instructions:

  1. Paint 1 paper plate blue & using white paint, decorate with stars. Leave to dry.
  2. Draw a crescent moon on the other plate. Cut out and paint yellow. I used a milk bottle top and white paint to decorate the moon.
  3. Once dry, add an eye and mouth with black marker.
  4. Stick crescent moon to blue plate.
  5. On a sheet of A4 card, place your hand (with fingers & thumb spread out) at the bottom. Draw around your hand. Extend the little finger approximately 15cm. Cut out.
  6. Decorate cow’s body. I dipped my finger in black paint and created spots with my fingerprints.
  7. Draw cow’s head with marker. Cut out the head. Stick to cow’s body.
  8. Place cow behind the plate. Push split pin through centre of the paper plate and then through bottom of extended cow’s leg. The cow will now be able to move around the plate.
  9. Now have fun singing Hey Diddle Diddle and watch your cow jump over the moon!

Fairytale Arts & Crafts Activity 4

Fairy Godmother’s Magic Wand

5 images of the different stages of making a wand with a paper straw, cardboard star and ribbons

You will need:

  • Drinking Straw
  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Buttons, sequins & stickers
  • Pens, pencils, crayons

Making Instructions:

  1. Draw 2 identical stars on card (approx 10 cm diameter). Cut them both out.
  2. Line the stars up and staple each point together.
  3. Slide the drinking straw in between the two stars (see photo).
  4. Staple the star to the straw to hold it in place.
  5. Decorate the star by gluing small pieces of tissue paper on both sides or colour with pens, coloured pencils or crayons.
  6. Glue on buttons & sequins. Leave to dry.
  7. Tie some ribbons onto the wand just underneath the star.
  8. Now make a magic wish!

Fairytale Arts & Crafts Activity 5

Little Red Riding Hood’s Paper Picnic Basket

5 images showing the different stages of making a paper picnic basket

You will need:

  • White or coloured card
  • Crayons, stickers, buttons, sequins to decorate
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Making Instructions:

  1. Cut out a 20cm x 20cm square from card/paper. Draw 4 lines about 9cm long from each corner diagonally towards the centre.
  2. Cut out 30cm x 3cm strip for the handle.
  3. Decorate the square and the handle with crayons, pencils and/or stickers.
  4. Cut along the 4 diagonal lines of the square. Take corners A and C and fold to * as shown in the image above. Make sure A overlaps C a little. Keep hold of these corners and position one end of the hand strip behind these layers (the handle will be on inside of basket). Staple through all layers. Repeat with corners B and D and remaining end of handle.
  5. Now go on a picnic – will you spot any wolves or teddy bears?!

Fairytale Arts & Crafts Activity 6

Hansel & Gretel’s Paper Plate Bird

6 images showing the different stages of making a paper plate bird

You will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Curly ribbon
  • A4 coloured card
  • Pens, pencils, crayons
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Making Instructions:

  1. Fold paper plate in half. Decorate with tissue paper or draw patterns with pens, pencils or crayons. Leave to dry.
  2. Fold A4 card lengthways like an accordion. Curve ends with scissors.
  3. Cut a slit at the top of the paper plate as shown. Push wings through.
  4. Stick 2 wiggly eyes on the paper plate or draw some eyes on white paper with a marker, cut them out and stick.
  5. Draw a triangular beak shape from card and stick to paper plate as shown.
  6. Cut 5 lengths of ribbon (each approx 30cm). Tie together and staple to end of the paper plate as shown.
  7. You can also thread a length of ribbon through the slit for the wings and then tie the ribbon ends together to create a loop if you’d like to hang up your bird!

I really hope you have fun with these fairytale arts and crafts activities. For more fairytale themed activities, why not have a look at my blog on growing fairytale vegetables? Each vegetable is linked to a fairytale!

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