Cardboard Velcro Dolls for Harper’s Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar Magazine asked me if I could make a craft for their bi-annual Bazaar Junior supplement in Singapore. Cool! I just got it in the mail. The magazine is beautiful and filled with amazing things for kids. I wish they sold it in the US. If you don’t live in Singapore you can still make the craft though! I used cardboard and velcro stickers to make some dolls that can be taken apart and put back together in different ways. Look at the photos to see how to make the pieces. I decorated them using non-toxic paint and paint pens. The kids really enjoyed playing with the dolls and putting them in different poses. I’d also love to try making a stop motion animation with them!


  1. Tricia Orchard
    November 12, 2010 at 12:58 am

    So cool!

  2. jayaygee
    November 12, 2010 at 1:28 am

    How cute. :) Like unlimited ways to pair these things. suhweet.

  3. KLT
    November 12, 2010 at 1:42 am

    So cool-congrats!

  4. Lori Henriques
    November 12, 2010 at 3:23 am

    marvelous design! ever since little dude watched your cheerios video, he's been talking about "velcro stickers!" tonight he recognized them on your paper city drawing. (check out the tall building.) LOVE the robot. must show him!

  5. Agnès
    November 12, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I love the good looking of your toys :)
    I have a question : whenever you made such stuff in cardboard, how long do they last in your kids hands ?

  6. Joel Henriques
    November 12, 2010 at 4:27 am


    Lori - Yes, I do see those velcro sticker shapes in the paper city building. ha! That's so funny that Leo said that.

    Agnès - The cardboard toys last a surprisingly long time. Even the paper ones last. After almost two years of taking the paper animals to restaurants, they're still in decent shape!

  7. Paul & Paula
    November 12, 2010 at 8:26 am

    paper animals lasting 2 years?
    guess you should write a blog about your magic parenting skills :)

    still have have some very sturdy cardbox under the sofa and outside out looks like a tornado going around... thanks, guess we have something to do this afternoon!

  8. Leila
    November 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I love all of your great ideas using simple things.

  9. Dame
    November 12, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I wanted to thank you.,you make our rainy days go a lot easier. i had to share as well


  10. Joel Henriques
    November 15, 2010 at 4:39 am


    Paul & Paula - Well, to be fair, they're a pretty thick paper and we also keep them in a mint tin. Also, we don't get out to eat that often! ha. Still, I'm amazed they've lasted so long.

    Dame - Thanks!!

  11. MaryPoppins
    November 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Copiamo subito,GRAZIE!!

  12. Julia Fitzpatrick
    November 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Oh I love these. Can't wait to try making them.

    Thank you for all your wonderful ideas.

  13. Tatiana
    November 17, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I love your work! And so do my kiddo!
    check what he did in some creative afternoon... thank you!

  14. Ryane
    December 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    omg! i live in singapore and i love you!
    no kids though. but i love these toys.
    very inspiring. gotta grab harper's bazaar right now!

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