Over the last few years of blogging, I’ve realized I have a major love for DIY toy projects. They are just so cute, and something about handmade toys makes them extra special. Nesting dolls are my favorite DIY toy of all (see here and here), and this chalkboard version is so fun. I love that the chalkboard element allows unlimited creativity and imaginative play, since kids are able to draw any animal/creature/person/character that comes to mind. Keep reading to see how I made these Chalkboard Russian Nesting Dolls!
Supplies needed to make your own Chalkboard Russian Nesting Dolls
How to make your own Chalkboard Russian Nesting Dolls
Step 1. Paint the unfinished dolls with black chalkboard paint. Let them dry completely.
Step 2: Once the paint is totally dry, prime the chalkboard by rubbing chalk over the black surface of the dolls, and then using a paper towel or tissue to rub the chalk off. Priming makes the chalkboard surface easier to write on and erase.
Step 3: Add details to the dolls with chalk or a chalk pen. How fun would it be to embellish them with these colorful chalk markers!? Tip: If you are using normal chalk on the dolls, sharpen it with a large pencil sharpener, like this one, to get thinner and more precise lines.
Aren’t these DIY chalkboard russian nesting dolls the most adorable toy ever? I can’t even imagine how much I would have loved playing with these as a kid.
What would you draw on your chalkboard nesting dolls? We’d love to hear your ideas!