Make History (Literally!) with These Crafts Inspired by Notable Women
Make cool stuff inspired by women who did cool stuff!
Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns
The Inspiration Edit
Celebrate Women’s History Month by honoring some incredible women and their notable accomplishments — in craft form! Kids can make a flower crown to honor legendary artist Frida Kahlo, or belt out a tune with a recycled paper microphone to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald. There's a whole month of crafting ahead — get ready to make cool stuff, just like these notable women did!
1. Queen Elizabeth II: Imperial State Crown
It's been 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II first stepped into power as a young 27-year-old. During her coronation, she wore the famous Imperial State Crown, which is set with over 2,800 diamonds — you know, no big deal. Honor the Queen and make an Imperial State Crown crown (minus the hardware, of course). Visit The Tower of London’s website where kids can see the crown up close to make their replica as close to the original as possible — or use their imagination to make it their own.
2. Frida Kahlo: Flower Headband Crown
Frida Kahlo was a talented artist who learned to channel her pain into passion. At a young age, the talented painter suffered a severe accident that would lead to lifelong pain. However, that didn’t stop Kahlo from thriving as an artist. Kahlo loved to paint herself and would often include her signature flower crown in her self-portraits. The flowers represented her Mexican heritage and were normally picked from her very own garden. Want to make a flower crown just like Kahlo’s? Head over to Art Bar Blog for easy steps to help kids make a replica crown out of felt.
3. Mary Jackson: Paper Rocket
If your creative kiddo loves rockets, NASA, and pretty much anything related to outer space, you should probably thank Mary Jackson. Jackson was the first Black female engineer to work at NASA and was part of the key team that helped NASA get astronauts into space during the 1960s. Honor the great engineer by letting kids make a rocket of their very own. Disclaimer: this one unfortunately won’t get you to space. But who knows, maybe your kiddo will find themselves working at NASA one day because of the doors Jackson was able to help break down.
4. Amelia Earhart: Paper Roll Airplane
Amelia Earhart was all about reaching new heights, both literally and figuratively. Kids can honor Earhart and her solo journey around the Atlantic Ocean by making an airplane of their very own. While the toilet paper roll airplane won’t make it across the Atlantic Ocean like Earhart’s plane, it probably will be fine for a trip around the kitchen table.
5. Georgia O'Keeffe: Chalk Pastel Poppies
Georgia O'Keefe was a transformative figure in the modern art world. The pioneer was one of the first major artists to earn the respect of the male-dominated art community during the 1920s with her desert landscapes and flower portraits. Her style was detailed yet abstract and was often influenced by what she was feeling at the moment. Check out this chalk pastel poppies project that encourages kids to channel their inner O'Keefe.
6. Misty Copeland: Paper Ballerina Craft
If you love ballet, chances are that you are a huge fan of Misty Copeland. If you’re not super familiar, let me catch you up real quick. Copeland is a ballerina prodigy who made history by breaking down barriers by becoming the first Black principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre in 2015. Celebrate Copeland and her history-making moves with this dancing paper ballerina craft. When the craft is ready, watch some of Copeland’s previous performances together and see if your kiddo can recreate them using the paper ballerina — or their own joyful moves.
7. Ella Fitzgerald: Paper Roll Microphone
They can embrace their inner Ella Fitzgerald and belt out a few jazz tunes with this paper roll craft microphone. While this microphone may be made out of recycled material, there is nothing recycled about Fitzgerald, as she is truly one-of-a-kind. In 1958, the singer became the first Black woman to win a Grammy Award — the first of 12 Grammy Awards Fitzgerald would win over the course of her career as “The First Lady of Jazz.”
8. Jane Goodall: Monkey Paper Puppet
Jane Goodall is proof that a love for animals can make a real difference in the world. Jane was able to make her dream of working with chimpanzees into a reality, becoming the most important chimpanzee expert in history. Show some appreciation for Goodall and her love for the animal kingdom with this monkey paper puppet craft. Who knows, this puppet craft might be the spark that sets off a passion for animals in your child, just like a toy did for Goodall.
9. Julia Child: DIY Aprons
Child was a pioneering figure in the cooking community and famously paved the way for French cuisine to become popular in America. Most importantly, she taught everyone how to be comfortable in the kitchen, no matter what they were cooking. Kids can master the art of cooking while actually keeping clean thanks to these charming DIY aprons. This craft project does double duty as a practical way to keep kiddos (mostly) tidy while they gain confidence in the kitchen.
10. Harriet Tubman: Paper Lantern
Harriet Tubman understood what it meant to be brave. After she made the daring and bold escape on the Underground Railroad to flee slavery, she returned to the South countless times to help others who were in her exact situation, risking her freedom each time. Tubman helped over 300 people make the journey back to the North in the dead of the night using the path of the Underground Railroad and guiding them with her lantern. Honor Tubman with this lantern craft activity and hang it up somewhere to let it remind kids to be brave just like Tubman.
11. Dolly Parton: Recycled Guitar
When most people think of Dolly Parton, they immediately think of her country music. While she is one of the most-awarded female country performers of all time with 10 Grammy Awards and 50 Grammy nominations, she is also a major humanitarian and philanthropist. Through her Dollywood Foundation, she has been able to raise money and give back to children and animals who need assistance. Parton was able to get this far because of her music and her guitar, so honor Parton and make a guitar of your own out of recycled materials. Once it’s put together, you should definitely have a family sing-along to some of Parton’s songs.
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