Doll Craft – Make Doll Sized Clip Boards and Pencils

How to make a doll sized clipboard

Recently I had the good fortune of being asked to speak in front of a local Brownie Troop my area. Here in Canada we have Girl Guides, and within the Girl Guides are troops called Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders. One of the traditional things Girl Guides do for camps are making, trading and collecting items for their Camp Hats. To commemorate my visit, I created these doll sized clipboards and pencils, which represented my work with dolls (because they were doll sized), my crafting and writing. I thought they would be a fun craft to share with you to make for your dolls.

How to make a doll sized clipboard

To create your own Doll Sized Clipboards and Pencils for doll play or camp exchange fun you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Double Ended Toothpicks
  • Bull dog or binder clips sized 15mm 9/16’’ (I got mine in a package of 20 for $1.25)
  • Lined paper
  • Scissors
  • Felt Markers in Yellow, Pink and Black
  • Glue (White Craft or Hot Glue Gun)
  • *Safety Pin for Camp Hat Trades

How to make a doll sized clipboard

Step 1– Cut a piece of cardboard into a 1 ½ by 2 ½ inches this will become your clipboard base.
Step 2– Measure and cut paper to 1 inch by 2 inches
Step 3– Open one of your bulldog clips and attach the paper to the cardboard

How to make a doll sized clipboard

Step 4- To create a pencil you will need to trim one end of each tooth pick you would like to become pencils. The tips will fly so be careful.

How to make a doll sized clipboard
Step 5– Color the “pencils” all yellow
Step 6– Color one non pointed end of the toothpicks pink this will become the eraser
Step 7- Color the tips only with black marker. Now your pencil should look just like a real pencil!

How to make a doll sized clipboard

To create a Camp Hat Craft Trade glue your pencil to the paper and add a safety pin to the clip. On the paper add a friendship quote and your troop name and you are ready to go!
I hope you enjoyed today’s craft.

Today I used my American Girl Doll Ivy and my American Girl mini Ivy  photographed on my American Doll Room.


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  1. DollsOnTheRun says:

    I love doing girl scouts! I do Juniors because I am 10.

  2. Julia says:

    Very cute! I will definitely make this!

  3. Julia says:

    Dollsontherun, same with me!

  4. Kaylee says:

    I used to be a scout but I quit to spend more time at the dance studio. Great craft, Karen!!

  5. Sue says:

    Cute! In the U.S. the Girl Scouts call these little crafts to exchange “SWAPS” — Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere. My DDs troop hasn’t done this yet but maybe next year in Juniors. She’ll love hearing about the Girl Guides.

  6. N says:

    These are really clever!

  7. I’m going to be making a couple to give to my friends. Thanks Karen!

  8. Bethany says:

    Cute! I found the same pencil idea in a dollhouse book a while ago and have been using it ever since. You can also make colored pencils that way.

  9. Anita and Mariah says:

    Hey Karen, you’re from Canada? Me too! I live in SK

  10. McKenna says:

    Karen your live in Canada? Lucky once I’m older I am gonna move their are you near the falls?

  11. Grace says:

    In England we have Rainbow’s, Brownies, Guides and then the senior section. I’m currently in the senior section, a young leader at my local guide group 😛 I wish I could go back to brownies though, it was awsome there!

  12. Megan!!!!!! says:

    cute craft Karen!!! its so handy when it comes 2 school suppies 4 ur dolls! 😉

  13. Sierra says:

    cute karen!

  14. Karen says:

    Thanks Ladies! I live in BC Canada, on the West Coast of Canada, though today I am in Hawaii!
    I am so glad you liked today’s craft!

  15. Lubna says:

    @Karen: I live in BC too. Now that comment in your email make much more sense. LOL!

  16. AGInParadise says:

    OMG! I am in LOVE with this craft. I will go do it 😀

  17. hannah says:

    i was in girl guides for 3 years………..i did not continue to pathfinders because i am busy on those nights

  18. hannah says:

    i live in ontario

  19. iloveag says:

    In the U.S we have three in elementary school we have, Daisy, then Brownie, then Junior! I am a Junior

  20. Tarynn says:

    I have all of these items on hand, and this is really easy and really clever!! Best craft ever!!! Well, the doll skis were pretty cool and make an excellent present for Nicki.

  21. Bailey13 says:


    Now if only I had a mini binder clip………

  22. Madelon says:

    A very happy birthday to you today Karen!

  23. Meghan says:

    Love this! Thanks!!

  24. Melody says:

    OM Gosh! Ivy looks A-Doll-Able in those glasses!

  25. sabrina says:

    Awwwww soooo cute!

  26. Juliet XD says:

    I did the same thing last week!!!!! Great Minds Think Alike! (but even greater minds think alone) XD

  27. lex says:

    sounds like an awesome craft

  28. cordelia says:

    What a great craft! Thank you,Karen. Not only will my dolls enjoy having these clipboards and a new supply of pencils, but your post brought back very happy memories of my time in Brownies and at Girl Guide camps. We used to call the Guide groups “companies” and the Brownie groups “packs”, but I am talking about a long time ago. So glad to learn that the girls are still making crafts for exchanges for their hats!