Budsies Review AND Giveaway: Turn Your Kids ArtWork Into Stuffed Animals

 This is a promotional post for Budsies. A promotional product was received in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on our Budsie. But what are they? Well, Budsies are a company that turns your child’s artwork into a real life stuffed toy. How cool is that? The only thing that bothered me was that my 2.5 yr old son isn’t really drawing “things” as yet. On the Budsies website it says that they don’t mind if the artwork is abstract, and to give their designers a chance to work with it. But surely that couldn’t apply to just random scribbles?

So I tried a few options of how to get the artwork from my son (2.5yrs). First I glued on googly eyes to a piece of paper and drew a circle around them. Then I suggested he added nose, mouth, hair, arms and legs. For a first attempt, I was actually quite impressed, and nicknamed it “red nosed monster”.


Then we tried the exercise again another day, and got another random monster. 

Budsies also offer some templates as starting points – definitely worth a try for us so I printed off “Nosy”. F was in random scribble mode again, and this was his finished artwork: 

This was NOT going well. How was anyone going to make a stuffed toy from these scribbles? But I felt inexplicably fond of his first attempt, and sent that off to the designers. The very next day it was approved! I just couldn’t imagine how the toy would turn out, but I had to be patient. Each toy is custom made; the design needs to be approved, then is sent to the seamstresses, and then must pass creative approval and stress testing. The company estimates that this takes 2-4 weeks.

In the end we waited a month for it to be made, then an extra few days for shipping. And it is SO cute! I confess that I was a little concerned about how it would look, but actually it was rather adorable.  The toy is super soft and squishy –  lovely to hug!

I showed it to F and at first he wasn’t sure. Then I held it up next to the original artwork and I think he understood!

It’s now become a firm favorite!

 Buy It:  I really think that this company has great potential, and I was so glad I was able to try out this service. These plush toys would make great gifts but order soon for the holidays as they are currently selling for $59.99, a special online price.

Win It: Budsies is generously offering (1) Budsie to a lucky winner!

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"Georgina is the founder and editor of Craftulate, writing about crafts and activities suitable for toddlers and young children. She started crafting with her son when he was one year old, and is constantly finding new and exciting ways to keep him interested. Georgina also loves papercraft, sewing, cooking, and isn't opposed to the odd glass of wine."


  1. Tabitha P. says:

    It would make a great gift for my daughter.
    She loves to draw and she’d thrilled to see it brought to life.

  2. Lindsay says:

    My stepdaughter would love to design her own doll.

  3. Linda says:

    I love the idea that no other child will have the same stuffed toy. I would definitely buy it for my kids.

  4. Linda R says:

    I love this idea. My kids would definitely enjoy getting something like this.

  5. D SCHMIDT says:

    It would make a great gift for my four year old because he is imaginative and would love it.

  6. kim burnett says:

    my son would love to design one!!

  7. Vicki Wurgler says:

    this would be great for my granddaughter, she loves to draw and color

  8. Shannon Baas says:

    My nephew that loves to draw.

  9. Shannon Baas says:

    My nephew that loves to draw.

  10. Amanda Starr says:

    If I won I would have my oldest daughter draw a picture for her new sister, I think that would make a cute and unique present.

  11. Wendy Rozema says:

    my daughter would like this, she loves to draw!

  12. Tari Lawson says:

    This would be great for my niece who has trouble sleeping at night. I think it would help her feel more comfortable in her bed.

  13. Joclyn B says:

    My almost three year old is a scribbler too! I can’t believe how they turned your sons scribbles into such a cute stuffy! We would love the opportunity to have a creation made.

  14. Budsie would be so awesome for my 3 year old! He is much bigger than I first thought when I saw the picture of him by himself! The pictures with F really show his size! Soooo cute!

  15. Love these! My son would freak out if one of his robot drawings came to life.

  16. Evelyn B says:

    I would give this budsie opportunity to my nephew – he is very creative and he loves stuffed animals!

  17. barbara n says:

    My niece is quite the artist and I would love to turn one of her artworks into a pillow

  18. ronda weber says:

    would love to give this to a new mom in my town.

  19. Shannon S says:

    My sons have ASD and are just now learning to draw things. My six year old would adore this so much as he is just starting to really hold on to lovies to sleep with. How cool to design his own? Thanks for the chance. Have a great day!

  20. Sky says:

    Budsie would make a great gift for my Paige. She’s constantly drawing and creating….so see one of her creations come to life would be awesome!

  21. I think this would make a great gift for the youngest son in a family we are adopting for the holidays.

  22. Julie says:

    for my friend’s grandaughter Khloe who is always drawing

  23. I’d definitely get my son Dash’s artwork made into a stuffy because he is always drawing the cutest stuff. There’s this picture of a monkey he drew I’ve been saving forever..this would be perfect. This is such an amazing idea, I love it. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  24. Sus says:

    My son.

    • Sus says:

      He loves to draw and this would be a great surprise.

  25. Heather B says:

    my daughter loves to draw and loves her stuffies so this would be great for her

  26. vera says:

    My son would love this, he loves to draw.

  27. Rebecca Peters says:

    My daughter would love this

  28. I have a friend with a 2 yr old and 5 yr old. I was wondering what to get them for Christmas. This would be ADORABLE! Thanks for the giveaway, I love to find unique gifts that can’t be found at Target and Wal-mart.

  29. Debra Hall says:

    i think my grandaughter would have a great time playing with thiis

  30. Karen Matlock says:

    I would love to give this to one of my grandsons. What fun!

  31. Pauline M says:

    My daughter would love this! She’s definitely the budding artist in our house!

  32. Laurie Emerson says:

    This would be perfect for my son loves to draw. He could use his imagination which he has plenty of!

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