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Make a Self-Portrait Inspired by Madam C.J. Walker

The pioneering Black inventor and businesswoman helped people feel beautiful and confident. Encourage kids to put their best faces forward with this craft inspired by Walker's career!

Nathalie Regnault


Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was an inventor and beauty industry pioneer who founded her own successful Black hair care company. Her work made her one of the first African American millionaires!

After losing much of her own hair due to a scalp condition, Walker was inspired to create hair products specifically for Black women’s needs. She invented the “Walker Method,'' a special combination of lotions, combs, and scalp creams. Walker traveled all over the country selling her homemade products directly to Black communities. Her products were so successful that she founded the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. 

Madam C.J. Walker's hard work and innovation helped people feel beautiful, confident, and seen. Kids can put their own best faces forward with a simple self-portrait craft inspired by Walker's life and legacy!

Paper Plate Self Portaits

What You'll Need:

  • Paper plate

  • Construction paper

  • Markers

  • Glue or Tape

  • Scissors

How to Make It:

  1. 1.

    Have kids use markers to draw their own face on the center of the paper plate. Add details to let their personality and confidence shine!

  2. 2.

    Time to add some hair! Kids can cut strips of paper and fold, twist, or flatten to create their favorite hair-do.

  3. 3.

    Use glue to attach the hair directly to the paper plate.

  4. 4.

    Kids can then use markers to add lashes, freckles, beauty marks, and anything that captures their unique beauty!

Print a Free Activity Sheet All About Madam C.J. Walker

Learn more about this pioneering Black business owner with trivia, activities, and a quiz.