Eliza is ready for a Safari adventure with her new compass!   

This little doll size compass is made mostly of paper and has the option of a needle that can spin, which is fun for scenes and play!

Eliza loves to wear hers around her neck but can also easily hold it in her hand.  It’s a quick check to make sure they are heading in the right direction!

Let’s make a doll size compass together!


  • white, black and colored card stock paper
  • scissors
  • thin elastic chord or ribbon
  • brad fastener (optional)
  • pencil
  • pen or marker
  • circular object for tracing (I’m using a sewing bobbin)

Making the Pieces

We are going to make the seperate pieces of the compass.  Then we will put the pieces together.

  •  Compass Face and Back-Draw or trace a circle on the white card stock paper.  I traced a sewing bobbin to make the compass this size.   Layer the colored card stock with the white card stock paper and cut out the two together.
  • Compass Sides-Cut a strip of colored paper.
  •  Compass Needle- Place the brad fastener on a piece of black card stock paper.  Draw and cut out the double arrow, it will be our compass needle.  
  • Compass Rose- This can be as simple or decorative as you like.  Mine is a 4 pointed star with dash marks between the points.  Add N, E, S, W at each point on the star.

Cut a length of elastic chord or ribbon to fit around the dolls neck.

Place the compass needle in the center of the compass rose with a brad fastener or glue in place.

Sandwich the elastic, at the top of the circles, between the compass back and face, glueing it all together.

Wrap and glue the paper strip around the outside edge of the compass face.  The compass is finished!

It is the perfect accessory for the adventures of a safari!   

Adjust the compass needle and find your way!

Just in case you are interested, here is more about today’s post.

  • Doll- More about Eliza our Madame Alexander doll is here.
  • Outfit– Shirt is sewn by Anna.
  • Scene- Grass is patterned paper.

Happy Adventures!