Fairytale Doodles with Cornelia Kuglemeier

It’s Midsummer’s Day and the reading’s easy, especially if you’re reading fairy tales!

And if you have a fun, creative activity to pair with the fantastic book you’re reading, your imagination and creativity will run wild.

We know just the expert Doodler to ask about bringing fairy tales to life in 3D. Cornelia Kuglemeier, also known as Connie Doodles, has created many fairy tale characters with 3D printing pens, some from popular tales, and some from her very own imagination. She met with us to share her love of fairy tales, the benefits of students Doodling characters, and tips on how you can create your own fairy tale Doodles.


How do fairy tales inspire you to create with 3Doodler pens? Do you feel more connected to the story and characters once you bring them to life in 3D?

Fairy tales have accompanied me since childhood. I was introduced to them when I was a very young girl through storybooks and recordings. Later on I loved to read them myself! Being German, I was greatly influenced by European and Western fairy tales, especially the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. My favorite classic fairy tale as a child was Sleeping Beauty. It had everything a good story needed, including a beautiful princess, a curse, fairies, a villain, and a brave prince. Also Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author who invented Pippi Longstockings, wrote beautiful fairy tales. I love any stories that feature dragons!

Initially, I would paint and draw fairy tale characters. Once I had a 3Doodler pen in my hands, creating the characters in 3D came naturally to me. It was unbelievably fun to work with a medium where I could literally create anything I could imagine. I do think that if you immerse yourself in a story and artistically create one of the characters from the tale, you feel more engaged with their persona and the story as well.

How do you think bringing fairy tales to life with 3D printing pens is helpful for K-12 students?

First of all, creating something is one of the most satisfying things you can do. Making art, letting the mind wander, and setting yourself to the task of breathing life into your creation is a very exciting thing! You‘ll always be surprised by the outcome. It‘s great to learn about characters in a book, sit down, draft them on paper, and bring the picture you formed to life in 3D. I think this is a valuable practice for students of all ages. It allows students to really empathize more with the characters and contemplate the lessons woven throughout the story.

Doodling original fairy tale characters can also be beneficial for creative writing. Students can create their own unique fairy tale character in 3D, then develop a short story to accompany the character they’ve created. Students are natural storytellers, and the depth of their imagination is limitless.

Do you have any tips you can share with people who want to create fairy tale characters with 3Doodler pens?

The best place to begin is simply starting the project. Don‘t be afraid of the 3D pen – it won‘t bite! If you want to start with a bit more structure for your Doodle, draw your character with a pencil, trace it with the 3Doodler pen in 2D, pull it off the page, then make it stand! You can also use the 2D Doodle as a bookmark, put it on your wall, or make a badge by filling in the lines with filament. Once you‘ve got the hang of how your 3D pen works, try building your 2D Doodle up into a 3D shape. A picture reference will help you keep track of the proportions of your character. For advanced projects, I’d recommend building the body parts separately, then assembling them. There are multiple ways to Doodle in 3D. The easiest way is to start flat and then build up like a 3D printer. You can even paint your Doodles with acrylic paint. If you aim for something bigger, hollow figures will use less plastic. I would suggest watching some tutorials on building hollow frames for your Doodles.

Are you inspired to bring fairy tale characters to life in 3D? Explore Connie’s Doodles and share your own Doodled fairy tale and storybook characters with us on social media!

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Meet the 3D Build & Play Characters

3D jungle pals are ready for adventure!

The 3D Build & Play allows you to create beloved story characters in 3D, then take them on fun and exciting adventures you imagine. Get ready to build, play, and bring stories to life, all while enhancing fine motor skills and building confidence in STEM!

Jim the Giraffe

Jim the Giraffe lives in the jungle with his friends, and has a very long neck he uses to eat snacks from the tops of trees. He loves going on adventures with his buddies, and can’t wait for the next journey.

Elle the Elephant

Elle the Elephant likes to stomp her feet on the ground and toot her long trunk. She loves to play in the mud to cool off, and have fun outside with her friends.

Leo the Lion

Leo the Lion loves to roar very loudly and lay in the sunshine. He likes prowling around in the jungle and scratching his claws on trees. He’s a fearsome friend and always ready for adventure.

Pete the Parrot and Kate the Crocodile

Pete the Parrot flaps his wings to fly high into the sky. He has a great view from the tree tops. Kate the Crocodile likes to snap her teeth and swim in the jungle’s rivers.

Included in the 3D Build & Play set are 2 story backgrounds, one to tell stories that take place in the jungle, and one for journeys into the big city. Follow along with our story in the activity guide to take Jim the Giraffe and his pals on an exciting tale, then guide them on new adventures with more free downloadable story backgrounds. To take your stories to the next level, see our tip on how to create stop motion videos of your characters.

What stories do you want to take your jungle friends on next? Let us know by sharing on social media.

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3D Build & Play: New 3D Printing Tool for Ages 4+

Bring new adventures to life with the 3D Build & Play!

Designed for children as young as 4, the 3D Build & Play by 3Doodler is a tactile learning tool that enables kids to create in 3D. Encourage imaginative play with hands-on learning to build fine motor skills and literacy through storytelling. Children will gain confidence using technology and receive early exposure to STEM.

With 3D Build & Play, young users create 3D characters, like Jim the Giraffe and Elle the Elephant, and read a story featuring them and all of their animal friends. Throughout the story, children use the 3D characters they made and the included story backgrounds to interact with the exciting tale. Once the storybook ends, kids have the opportunity to take Jim the Giraffe and his friends on a new adventure, crafted solely from their imaginations.

"“We loved using the 3D Build & Play to encourage new ways of learning to read. The best early stage learning is embedded in fun, play and creativity.”
"-New York City Public Library, Early Literacy Specialist Share

3D Build & Play is a fun developmental tool that enhances critical thinking, problem solving, and tactile learning. Get ready to build and play!

What story backgrounds would your child use to create their own tales? Share your ideas for us to consider when we’re creating new adventures and story backdrops!

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Cool Projects for Summer Break

Summer is nearly here!

Now that school is coming to a close, we’ve got some fun projects to help keep your creative spirit high this season. No matter if you’re Doodling from home, a makerspace, or summer school, you’ll enjoy the creative process of making these projects, as well as the cool Doodles you’ll have when you’re finished! All of these activities can be made with the 3Doodler Start or the 3Doodler Create+ pens.

Who’s ready to start creating in 3D?

Stellar Doodles to Celebrate Nasa’s SpaceX

Rockin’ Rocket Doodle

Build your own rocket model with our out of this world stencil. It will be out of this world. Lift your Doodles off of the page and celebrate SpaceX’s lift off! Make it with our free stencil here.

Doodle to the Moon and Back

Create your own moon with this stencil, or even an entire mobile of the planets in our solar system. Follow our stencil here to explore outer space hands on.

Fun Fashion for Warm Weather Vibes

Fancy Floral Earrings

Want to have one of a kind earrings that are sure to wow your friends? You can create your very own flower-themed earrings with our easy stencils. Compliments guaranteed! Make it with our free stencil here.

70s Hippie Glasses

Embrace your favorite 70s music with these fun, groovy glasses. Perfect for selfies and festival vibes.
Follow our stencil here to tune into your inner flower child.

Custom Tools to Document Your Summer

DIY Book Cover

Make a custom journal to log your summer experiences! Use FLEXY with the Create+ for a flexible journal cover, or use any other plastics with the Start or the Create+ pens for a hardback. See the project here.

Perfect Pencil Box

Add a custom pencil box to your creative space to store your pens, pencils, and markers. Decorate it based on your favorite colors and themes. Use our stencil here to bring the pencil box to life!

Projects to Salute Summer Snacks

Coolest Cookie Stamps

Everybody loves cookies! Make your own custom cookie stamps with this neat stencil. You can even get creative and make your own cookie stamp designs. Dress up your cookies with our free stencil here.

Fun Food Badges

Dress up hats, shirts, bags, and more with DIY pins of your favorite food! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream badges as cool as these. Follow our stencil here to start creating.

There are so many projects to help you launch into summer. What will you create?

Please share your amazing creations with us on social media!

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Bring Summer Reading to Life in 3D

Did you know that summer reading often promotes academic achievement more effectively than summer school does?

Books provide a great summer escape, and reading develops students’ comprehension and their ability to retain information. Research suggests that learners who read over summer break show a significantly higher level of literacy and academic gains. This same study shows that the progress made by summer readers is equal to, and sometimes even greater than, the achievements made in summer school!

As school comes to a close and summer weather heats up, students might be reluctant to pick up a book. So, how can parents and teachers get learners excited about their summer reading list?

Dioramas are impactful projects that support student creativity and imagination, as well as enhance learning. The process of creating a diorama supports three dimensional thinking, hands on learning, creative problem solving, and artistic expression. Learners must use critical thinking skills to pick a scene from a book, plan their project, then bring their ideas to life in 3D.

In short, dioramas are a surefire way to bring fun, creativity, and enhanced learning to the summer reading list. Just share these easy steps below so learners can bring their favorite summer read to the third dimension.

3Doodler Summer Reading Design ChallengeA diorama activity for all grades!


Now it’s time to make your diorama

The featured diorama is based on Animal Farm
  1. Read a book from your summer reading list.
  2. Choose a scene from the story that you want to bring to life.
  3. Integrate at least five aspects of the scene you selected into the design.
  4. Next, plan your design. Brainstorm how your figures and scene props will look, and how you will include them. Sketch a draft to help you visualize the outcome.
  5. Use the 3Doodler pen along with upcycled materials to create a scene based on the sketches you came up with.
  6. Once your diorama is complete, share it on social media!

You can browse our free stencils for figurines, chairs, trees, cars, and other items you may want to include in your project.

We can’t wait to see reading come to life in 3D! Share your projects on twitter, instagram, or facebook, and be sure to tag @3Doodler.

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The featured diorama is based on one of our favorite summer reads, Animal Farm, by George Orwell.

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