These DIY Chalkboard Matryoshka Nesting Dolls are an adorable, handmade toy your kids will love making! They can personalize the dolls again and again with nothing more than a piece of chalk.
It feels like our kitchen table has been transformed into a makeshift craft studio on the daily this summer. We’ve been painting, making slime and coloring the afternoons away.
The mess you guys– oh the mess! But as a parent, I’ve come to realize the value of encouraging my kids creativity at home. I tolerate the glittery, colorful messes because of the vast range of skills my kids learn from crafting – fine motor skills, concentration, problem-solving abilities, following instructions to name a few.
For me, crafting with my kids is really about strengthening bonds. Meaningful conversations and laughter seem to come about naturally when we sit down to color, paint or craft. I know that when my kids are grown, some of my favorite memories will be of the times we sat at the kitchen table crafting
Make Your Own Chalkboard Matryoshka Nesting Dolls
Last week we did a super fun and super simple craft project together. We made our own set of nesting dolls using chalkboard paint and they turned out so cute!
These easy to make dolls allow kiddos to create customized set of nesting dolls. Wipe clean and start again and repeat over and over again.
They really are so simple to make. Find the complete supply list below as well as step by step instruction and a short how-to video.
Chalk or chalk pens
First, open all of your nesting dolls and separate the parts of each doll.
Next, squirt a little bit of chalkboard paint onto a paper plate and begin painting with a foam brush.
Make sure you don’t get any paint on the inside seals of each doll. This would make it difficult to open and close the dolls. You could tape things off with painters tape or if you accidentally get paint on the seals simply sand it off when dry.
You will need to apply more than one coat of chalkboard paint to fully cover each doll. We did three coats of paint on each one. This Martha Stewart paint was very forgiving and went on so smoothly.
Allow the paint to dry completely.
Customize each doll with chalk or chalkboard markers. Wipe off the chalk with a damp cloth or baby wipe and kids can customize their dolls over and over again for hours of creative play!
With over 800 new styles of craft paint, Michaels has more paints for more surfaces! Check out some of their new finishes including ultra-metallic & watercolor and get started on your next DIY!
Looking for even more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY projects!
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