6 Fairytale-inspired Crafts

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

These fairytale-inspired crafts use basic and inexpensive 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 the holidays, weekends and rainy day activities.

Fairytale-inspired Crafts Activity 1

Goldilocks’ Bear Decorations

6 images showing the making up of the cardboard teddy bear wall hangings

You will need:

  • Cardboard (from a box or cereal packet)
  • wool
  • pompoms or buttons for the bear’s nose
  • googly eyes (or draw your own on paper using a marker)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • sticky tape

Making Instructions:

  1. Draw a bear face shape from cardboard. I made mine about 10cm in diameter. Cut the shape out. 
  2. Wrap wool around the face shape to cover the cardboard. I used about 8-10 metres for each bear. Secure the loose ends of the wool at the back with sticky tape.
  3. Glue googly eyes to the front of the bear’s face – or draw your own eyes, cut out and glue. Glue on a pompom or button for the bear’s nose.
  4. Thread a 30cm-length of wool through a couple of the wool strands at the back and tie the ribbon ends together to create a loop to hang up your bear!

Fairytale-inspired Crafts Activity 2

Puss In Boots’ Toilet Roll Pen Holder

6 images showing the stages of making up the cat toilet roll pencil holder

You will need:

  • 4x toilet rolls
  • cardboard for the base (a postal packet is perfect!)
  • coloured paper
  • scissors
  • pens
  • glue
  • 3 clothes pegs

Making Instructions:

  1. Glue 4 rectangles of coloured paper to the toilet rolls. I cut out the paper a bit bigger than the toilet rolls so I could fold the paper neatly inside the toilet roll edges.
  2. Glue the sides of the toilet rolls together in a row of 4. Use clothes pegs to hold in place whilst they dry.
  3. To create the base, draw around the row of 4 toilet rolls on cardboard. Cut out. Glue to one end of the toilet rolls.
  4. On coloured paper, draw an outline of a cat’s head (approx 7cm in diameter), tail and 2 legs as shown. Cut out. Draw a face on the cat’s head. 
  5. Glue the cat’s head, tail and feet onto the toilet rolls as shown below.
  6. Fill with your favourite pens and pencils!

Fairytale-inspired Crafts Activity 3

The Elves Lacing Boots

6 images showing the stages of making the carboard lacing boot

You will need:

  • Thin card (a cereal box is perfect!)
  • marker
  • scissors
  • holepunch
  • felt pens or paints
  • reinforcement stickers (optional)
  • shoe laces, ribbons, string or cord
  • sticky tape

Making Instructions:

  1. Using the front/back of a cereal packet, fold in half widthways.
  2. Draw a boot shape. Cut out shape apart from along the folded edge. 
  3. Punch holes for the laces as shown.
  4. Now have fun decorating your boot! You could use felt pens or paint. If using paint, wait for it to dry. If you have reinforcement stickers, put them around the punched holes. 
  5. Use shoe laces, ribbons or string to lace your boots. I used lengths of approx 120cm. (If using ribbons or string, wrap sticky tape around the ends to make it easier to thread through the holes).

Fairytale-inspired Crafts Activity 4

3 Little Pigs’ Egg Box Wolf Puppet

6 images showing the stages of making the wolf egg box puppet

You will need:

  • egg box
  • scissors
  • marker
  • grey, black and white paint
  • disposable spoon/lolly pop stick/ribbon
  • glue

Making Instructions:

  1. Cut out the wolf face out of the egg box as shown. 
  2. Draw 2 ear shapes on the egg box lid. I made my wolf ears approximately 8cm long and 4cm wide. Cut out. 
  3. Paint the wolf face and ears. I used grey paint but you could experiment with bright colours if you prefer! Once the paint is dry, paint the eyes with white, brown and black paint. I also added a bit of detail to the ears using black and white paint. Leave to dry. 
  4. Glue the ears to the back of the wolf’s face.
  5. Glue a disposable spoon or lolly stick at the back.
  6. If you prefer to hang up your wolf on the wall, then glue a length of ribbon (about 40cm) to the back instead. 

Fairytale-inspired Crafts Activity 5

Gingerbread Man’s Lacing Cards

6 images showing the stages of making up of the gingerbread person lacing card

You will need:

  • Thin card (back of a cereal box is perfect!)
  • marker (black & red)
  • scissors
  • holepunch
  • glue
  • decorative bits (buttons, beads, pompoms etc)
  • yarn, string, cord, shoe laces
  • sticky tape

Making Instructions:

  1. Draw a gingerbread person shape onto the card (you will find free printable shapes off the internet too). I made mine about A5 size.
  2. Cut the shape out. Punch holes around the edges. The less holes you have, the easier it is for younger children.
  3. For lacing, cut lengths of yarn/string/cord/laces. For A5 size, I used about 80cm lengths. Wrap sticky tape around one end so it doesn’t fray and is easy to thread through the holes. 
  4. Draw a face on your gingerbread person. Now have fun decorating them with buttons, beads, pompoms etc!

Fairytale-inspired Crafts Activity 6

Billy Goat Gruff’s Toilet Roll Goats

6 images showing the stages of making up the goat toilet roll model

You will need:

  • 5 toilet rolls (for 3 goats)
  • paint
  • scissors
  • 6 clothes pegs
  • cotton wool/tissue paper
  • glue
  • wiggly eyes (or use paper)
  • black marker

Making Instructions:

  • Cut the toilet rolls into different lengths.
  • Paint the toilet rolls and leave to dry.
  • Using the spare toilet rolls, cut some ear shapes. I made mine approx 2.5cm wide and shaped the ears at each end.
  • Using the clothes pegs, clip the ears to the sides of the toilet rolls.
  • Stick wiggly eyes (or draw your own on paper) to the front of the toilet roll. Draw a nose and mouth.
  • Glue cotton wool inside the top of the toilet roll and a little bit at the front for the beard.

I really hope you have fun with these fairytale-inspired crafts. For more fairytale-themed activities, have a look at my blog on 6 fairytale-themed arts & crafts activities and growing fairytale vegetables. Each vegetable is linked to a fairytale!

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