It looks like it is going to be a rainy afternoon at our Camp Doll Diaries site, which means the girls will be indoors playing board games and cards. Cards are fun to play, but how do you get your dolls to be able to hold their cards? Our good friend Miriam has the answer! She is going to show us how to make a simple card holder so the dolls can play Go Fish, Old Maid and other card games without showing all their good cards.

Doll Card Holder  

Supplies you will need:

  • A deck of doll sized playing cards – quite a few of the American Girl activity books have them in them or you can print your own at Printmini
  • cardboard
  • a lid for tracing (this one is about 2″) 
  • 1 paper fastener each
  • thin elastic
  • paper and glue (optional)

Step 1 – Trace two cardboard circles for each card holder. A pizza box was perfect! And trace two more on colored paper if you would like a fancier holder.

Step 2 – Glue the paper to the circles. If you want your card holders colored, I advise using colorfast paper, and not markers that could transfer to your doll’s skin. 

Step 3 – Poke a hole in the center of the cardboard circles, and push your paper fastener through both circles.

Step 4 – Use a large needle to get the elastic loop through the cardboard then slip the elastic over your doll’s hand.

Cards fit between the two cardboard circles of your card holder.  Now no one has to know what is in your doll’s hand!

Now that was a creative solution Miriam!! And it is perfect for rainy days at camp!