DIY: Create Your Own Paper Doll

paper doll 2Paper dolls are highly collected and make wonderful keepsakes for children and adults. They date back to the 1700’s, but people have been making some type of dolls from paper since ancient times.

1. Consider making a paper doll that looks like a bride and groom.

2. Surprise a little girl with one for her birthday. 

3. Set up a craft table at a party and let children create their own.  

4. For a fun outdoor party favor, create paper dolls that look like each guest and hang them with a clothespin on a rustic line. Twist the line around a tree or simply tie between two trees.

5. Add them as tags to a gift package. A tie box makes a great gift box for paper dolls. 

6. Add to Christmas stockings during the holidays or give them as a gift at an ornament exchange. 

7. Design one for each family member and add their unique personality. Frame dolls in an artful display on the wall by mounting to canvas squares.

  • 140# or greater, card stock
  • Acrylic paint
  • Colored pencils
  • Colorful scrapbooking paper
  • Hole puncher 
  • Looping Pliers
  • Eyelet snap punch tool
  • Beads
  • Metal eyelets
  • Metal fasteners
  • Eye pins
How to:
  • Draw a face and hairstyle on heavy weight paper stock or canvas.
  • Paint or color the face, hair, neck and chest or full body in the size you desire. The doll shown stands approximately 10″ tall. 
  • Paint or color back side. 
  • Once dry, cut out.
  • Cut out a body, arms, and legs separately (use picture as an example).
  • Use your imagination and decorate the outfit to fit the recipient.
  • Punch a hole at the end of the arms and body and top of legs. 
  • Add an eyelet and secure. Use metal fasteners to put doll together.
  • Create paper clothes.
  • If you want to add jewels like the one shown, simply use an eye pin with jewels or a chain with jump rings and add to the secured eyelets with looping pliers. If the doll is for a little girl who will want to play with the paper doll, you might want to opt for a full body. 

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