Paper Doughnuts

Paper Doughnuts

Paper does not always have to be flat! In this tutorial, we show you how to use paper to create three-dimensional paper sculptures of doughnuts. Inspired by the popular children’s book “If You Give a Dog a Donut,” written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia bond, these paper doughnuts look good enough to eat and are simply fun to make. Plus, the techniques you learn can be used to create other paper sculptures!


  • Brown Paper Lunch Bags
  • Scissors 
  • Glue Stick
  • Construction Paper
  • Hole Punch
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush

Step 1: Begin by rolling a closed paper lunch bag in a diagonal direction. Use your hands to squeeze the rolling paper bag together. 

Step 2: Open a second paper bag and use the scissors to cut down one of the side seams. Cut out and remove the bottom panel, then place the cut bag flat on the table. 

Step 3: Make a vertical cut up the bag and then a horizontal right cut to create a tab at the top. 

Step 4: Add glue along the bottom of the bag and all over the tab at the top. 

Step 5: Place the rolled bag on top of the bottom glued section. Tightly roll the two together. When you reach the top, bend the rolled paper into a doughnut shape. Wrap the tab around the seam and squeeze to seal the glue. 

Step 6: Create the icing! Trace the paper doughnut onto a piece of colored construction paper. Use scissors to cut out the shape. Measure the cutout on top of the doughnut and trim if needed. 

Step 7: Apply Mod Podge to the top of your doughnut, then place the icing on top and gently press. 

Step 8: Cover the icing with Mod Podge, using your fingers to sculpt the icing onto the doughnut. Allow it to dry.

Step 9: Once dry, apply a second coat of Mod Podge. Cover the entire doughnut surface. 

Step 10: Create sprinkles and other icing patterns using cut pieces of construction paper. Use a hole punch to create rainbow sprinkles and scissors to cut strips of icing. 

Step 11: Use Mod Podge to glue the sprinkles to the doughnut. Add a final coat of Mod Podge on top of the sprinkles and icing strips to seal. 

Ideas to take your paper doughnuts to the next level:

  • Make a dozen doughnuts and use them in your play kitchen.
  • Purchase shadow boxes to hang your doughnuts in your home. 
  • Set up a play food market and sell your paper doughnuts. 
  • Create paper doughnuts to give as gifts paired with the dry ingredients and a recipe to create delicious doughnuts at home. 

Learning and Discussion Questions:

1. Raya Sader Bujana, a paper artist and designer based in Barcelona, uses her architectural background as inspiration for her intricate paper sculptures. Click here to read an article about her paper food sculptures. 

2. Maud Vantours, a French artist, creates paper sculptures of food and much more! Visit her website to learn more about Maud and her work. Watch a video of Maud Vantours’ paper artwork created as a set design for a Christian Louboutin video.

Thank you to our sponsor, PNC Arts Alive!, for helping to make this video possible!

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