Nature Paper Dolls

I’ve been wanting to do something with all the flowers and green leaves that are still blooming all around us in before they all died off or changed colors for fall. So I sketched a few little friends and thought it would be fun to decorate them as little garden sprites.

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Last week we had some cousins over (my brother in law is helping us finish up our bathroom so he brought over his kids to play). So naturally we went on a little nature walk around the yard and the neighborhood gathering petals leaves for a fun garden fairy craft (we made sure it was OK to pick flower petals from our neighbors first :)).

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The girls had fun playing with nature and decorating their little garden dolls. The littlest girls (2 1/2 years) were mostly interested in smelling, feeling and touching each petal and leaf (oh and they LOVED the nature walk and picking flowers). But my older niece was completely captivated by creating ensembles and scenes for these little dolls. I love what she came up with! Nature Paper Dolls

You can download and print your own garden friends here if you too want to take advantage of the foliage around you before it changes. But keep these around for fall because how cute would they be covered in autumn leaves?!

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And how sweet is little garden sprite Bran turn out? I loved Sarah’s little flower sun and the little weed he’s chewing on.

I’m so glad we did this because I can already feel the seasons shifting as the nights are getting breezy and the air just a touch more crisp. I’m such a fan of fall but more and more, as my children are growing, I miss the sun soaking carefree summers. It gets harder and harder to say goodbye each year and this was a perfect way to hang on just a little longer.


September 4, 2015



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    Denise L.

    September 8, 2015

    Completely enchanting.

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      September 8, 2015

      oh thank you Denise! xo Mer

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    September 12, 2015

    so lovely!! And we are just coming in to spring, your timing couldn’t be any more perfect thankyou!

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      September 12, 2015

      oh yay!! xo mer

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    scarlet mila

    September 14, 2015

    I like it so much, good idea and nice and poétics realisations 🙂

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    September 15, 2015

    Hi Mer I’ve just stumbled across your blog and I’m so glad I did! This is just enchanting. Can I ask if you “fixed” the flowers so you could keep them? Jo x

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    September 15, 2015

    These are lovely! What beautiful photos! Each illustration with flowers and greenery is incredible! What an incredible project for spring, summer and fall! So enchanting and magical! So fun with children or adults! Gorgeous!!!

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      September 15, 2015

      oh thank you dear! And I agree, it’s been fun for all ages (not just kids 😉 ha!)

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    September 21, 2015

    So adorable! I want to make these!

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    September 23, 2015

    Love it Merrilee (great, as usual! ^^) the photos are beautiful..!

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    Dee Platt, Keepy Community Manager

    September 23, 2015

    These are precious, what a unique way to make art! Even though these flower fairies can’t last forever, there is a special way to treasure them…with Keepy. It’s an easy to use app for saving, organizing, and privately sharing all of your little artists’ creations. The children can even add video commentary describing what their fairies are like. Take a look!

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    May 19, 2016

    These are so lovely! Definitely part of my weekend plans! Thank you for this wonderful idea. xo, Danielle

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    Kristin Trejo

    June 16, 2016

    Wow, love these!!! Thank you for making them available. My “little fairies” will go crazy for them!

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    July 6, 2016

    wow amazing!! thank you fot making ~

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    Jax Blunt

    September 11, 2016

    This is absolutely gorgeous, definitely pinning it for later use 🙂


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