Build A Monster Free Printable

MonsterPinLooking for something to keep little hands busy? Try this adorable Build A Monster Free Printable!

Hi all! It’s Joan from BitsyCreations again. Summer is here and we’re up to our eyeballs in projects at my house! In fact, I decided to go for the “Best Mom Award” and moved a craft table into my home office for the summer. We’ve been cutting and pasting and creating to our hearts’ content. Sure it’s a disaster. But guess what! It’s not a disaster on my kitchen table anymore! Oh yes. I win!

One of our favorite projects so far is definitely the Build A Monster project I’m sharing with you today! I’ve provided horns, arms, legs, eyes, bodies, and mouths! You provide scissors, glue, maybe some extra paper, and as much imagination as you’d like!

The possibilities really are endless. One of my helpers decided to use the printable body, while my other decided to just use a shiny piece of cardstock. One used the printable arms and legs while another cut some out of paper. They even decided to make nametags for their monsters and then tried to make them 3-D. One monster bent at the knees and could sit. The other could almost stand on his own!

This makes a great indoor project. Practice your cutting skills and enjoy using your creativity! Or pin this and come back to it for your next birthday party! I did something similar for my son’s 5th birthday party. We printed and cut out a bunch of monster parts and let the party guests decorate their own gift bags. It was so much fun to see how each monster turned out!


Your free printable is an 8 page PDF. You can print all at once or choose to print more of what you need. Print more bodies or legs, for instance. Print as many times as you’d like, but please remember it is for personal use only. Do not resell, alter, or claim as your own.


Download your Build A Monster Free Printable here.

Have a free printable you’d like to see? Let me know for next month! I’d love to make something you’d find helpful or fun. You can reply here or like BitsyCreations on Facebook and tell me there!

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Joan Saunders Orchard is the artist and owner of BitsyCreations. She lives in Maryland with her exceptional husband and two extraordinary kids. When she’s not illustrating or designing, she enjoys reading, being as silly as possible with her family, being a grammar and geography nerd, and watching too many BBC television shows.
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  1. eva scott says:

    this is adorable!! thanks!

  2. Joan is amazing! Thank you for this cute craft that is keeping my girls entertained this afternoon.

  3. Crystal says:

    What a super cute craft!! I love it!! Thanks so much!!

  4. Can’t wait to do the project with the grand kids! Thanks for sharing!

  5. thank you so much, this is great!

  6. Krystal says:

    This is so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! You are crazy talented, girl! :-)

  7. Samantha says:

    Thank you so much, these are perfect for the book When a baby monster is born.

  8. We really wanted a black and white version that we could color too! This is awesome thank you!

    • Jordan, a black & white version is a GREAT idea! I will work on that & can add it. It may take a little while, though. ;)

    • Super cute! I second the idea re: B/W outline version. Robots, cats, dogs, bunnies might be cute, too. Going to glue to magnetic sheets for ongoing fun. Will also be using in Spanish-language classroom during study of body parts!

  9. The kiddos in my preschool class will LOVE this!! Thanks!

  10. My little grandkids would love this. I try to do lots of creative things with them.

  11. This is AWESOME!!! You are great for sharing it with everyone. We will be having some fun with this at our house! THANK YOU!

  12. It’s so cute

  13. Thanks! I love it :-)

  14. Do you have a black and white version that kids can color? This will be expensive to print out.

  15. Jessica says:

    This is great!

    Thanks so much for posting. I can’t wait to print this off and use it on our road trip with my 5 year old. I plan to print it out on card stock or construction paper so it’s easier to craft with. I may even use something so the parts can move! How fun!
    I would love to see something similar to this but with vehicle parts from Planes, cars, trucks etc..

    Thanks again!

  16. What fun! It’s a rainy afternoon so my son and I did this today after church. We had a great time! The colors are great, it’s good scissors practice and with so many pieces, the combos are endless. We made the two bodies and then made several more faces on paper plates. Thanks so much for this!

  17. Wow, thank you so much for sharing this FREE!?!?! I couldn’t believe it was free! That is so generous of you. It is our 2 weeks winter school holidays at the moment in New Zealand and cold and rainy outside, so this is PERFECT for my kids! Thanks again, Nicola

    • Nicola, I’m thrilled to offer it for free. I love to share where I can! So glad these printables are getting used! :)

  18. So fun and SO cute!! Thanks for the printables, Joan!

  19. I just wanted to let you know that I made a set, and then ran with the idea and started a magnetic busy box to go along with them- we’re going to the airshow at the end of the month, and we know there will be a good few hours of wait wait wait going on, and the kids will love these monsters!

  20. I can’t wait to use this activity! Thank u!

  21. Thank you so much!!! we will have a blast with this activity!

  22. These are great for my 3 1/2 year old, thank you! Our first couple; I cut, he stuck. Now I’m going to cut, laminate and add velcro dots, so he and his 14 month old sister can re-use them over and over again.

  23. Such a nice activity idea! Thank you for taking a time to put this printable together! Shared around! :D

  24. I run a website for children who are non-verbal and use technology to talk (such as iPads). I was wondering if I might include this with a lesson plan to encourage the kids to learn to say simple sentences to make requests with their talkers. I will certainly give you credit and provide a link to your site. Please email me. :) Thanks,Jane

  25. These are soooo cute! I’m totally using them for my sons monster birthday party on monday!! Thanks!

  26. I am making a travel book for when we drive halfway across country to Florida next year. These will be a perfect addition. I’ll print them off on card stock and then attach magnets to the back so the kids can build monsters on cookie sheets. Thanks!

  27. Thanks! My kid enjoyed these printables a lot!

  28. Hi Joan,

    I love this collection. Would mind if we featured this collection in our Halloween blog post. We will be sure to give you credit and link back. Please let me know ASAP :)



    • Hi Matt,
      Thanks for your comment! We’d love for you to feature this on your blog. And yes, please include a link to this post where your readers can then download directly from us. Thanks so much!

  29. Rebecca P says:

    Thank you!! I am going to print these smaller (two on an 8×10 page) then laminate them, cut hem out and put magnets on the back so we have a fun busy bag for the car!! I imagine this will keep the kids busy for awhile.

  30. I sew for our children’s hospital and I’m going to make the monster pillow from fleece with a pocket in the back and make the faces from felt. Kids can sit in bed and make their own monster faces. Thank you! Kids will love it.

  31. awesome Thank you my children have all their pieces picked out and can’t wait to make themselves a monster . Thank you for a fun free printable !

  32. Super cute would love this

  33. I can’t even tell you how much fun I have had with my 2.5 year old daughter making monsters for Halloween. I don’t remember how I found this, but I’m glad I did. Thanks for great printables and a cute idea for afternoon projects. I will be keeping an eye on this blog :-)

  34. Thank you so much!

  35. Karen Carther says:

    This is so cute! My kids will love making these cute monsters! Thanks so much for sharing!

  36. I can’t see another way to contact so I will ask here! I have a n electronic cutter and was wondering if it would be ok if I used it to cut out these images! I will be using them to send with my daughter to daycare for their Halloween party. I just thought I should ask first! I won’t share the file with anyone either, just use it this once, and I have been directing my crafty friends here (you do great work, you should consider designing svgs)

    • Hi Alison! I really appreciate you asking first. This is fine as long as it’s for personal use. Sounds like it is. Thanks for being respectful of my artwork!
      And I’d love to design SVGs… I’ve done a few, but need to keep pushing myself to do more! Let me know if you ever have ideas of something you haven’t seen out there already and I’ll do it! ;) joan @ to email.

  37. Thank you so very much for the monster printable. My boys, ages 5 and 7, are having a blast decorating our walls with your cute monsters!