Party Tip: Creating Large Cardboard Characters

by Amy on August 10, 2010

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I’ve had a few questions about the large painted characters we made for Delaney’s Alice in Wonderland party {see Part 1 and Part 2 for more pictures}.

My husband did the drawing. I printed out a picture of the character and he drew a grid across it. Then, he drew another larger grid on a big piece of cardboard (using a yard stick). Square by square, he sketched the character onto the cardboard (in pencil).

When he was happy with how it looked, he traced over his lines with a Sharpie.

We painted them with acrylic craft paints and when dry, retraced the Sharpie lines for a nice sharp finish. We only used one coat of paint, and it seemed to cover just fine.

As far as time, I would say the drawing took about an hour per character. My hubby graciously did one a night over the course of a week or two. We worked together on the painting and it took us about 3 hours all together.

Large cardboard characters are definitely a low-cost way to add big fun to a party!


Kara Fleck August 11, 2010 at 2:56 am

Amy, these are fantastic! thank you for the tutorial. what fun! :-)

pink and green mama MaryLea August 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

So fun!!

Nina August 15, 2010 at 9:33 am

wow amazing

rae August 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm

so fun! a special addition to any party! thanks for sharing. i remember the drawings i did with a grid like this in magazines as a child.

Janna @ Mommy's Piggy TALES - Record YOUR Youth August 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

These are wonderful! I would leave them up all year round!

Nina August 19, 2010 at 10:15 am

I am going to try this for my son and his love of how to train your dragon. thank you so much. I linked to it on my blog –

Lisa September 29, 2010 at 3:12 am

Where did you get the original images? thanks!

Jinae March 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm

VERY nice, especially your husband’s sketching and your painting. What initially caught my attention, though, was your daughter’s name…the same as mine, whose celebrating her 5th birthday with an Alice in Wonderland themed party in a few weeks!

michelle August 21, 2011 at 7:45 am

i cant believe you made the characters..i am going to throw my daughter a 1st bday party in love those characters! Do u still have them? Id buy them frm u!!!

nancy July 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Thank you for this. It was a little tricky for me at first but I did it. I made the white rabbit. Making a few more. Need them for my Mad Hatter tea party in Aug. Thanks again! :)

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