Monday, June 4, 2012

Little Crafts: paper dolls

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If you have a little girl crafter in your life, then this is a fun project you can do together.

Next time you see one of those fashion round ups in a magazine, tear it out to use for paper dolls.

Glue the fashion round up onto a piece of light weight card stock and cut out each top. I used a manila file folder and glue stick.

Search online for paper dolls – I used vintage paper dolls from the 1940’s. Print them out on cardstock and cut them out. You’ll need to do a few trial print runs to get the size right so the clothes fit properly.

My vintage girls needed a more modern look, so I made them each a pair of leggings. Use tracing paper over your paper doll to make a template and then use the pattern on black cardstock to make each pair of leggings.

Removable double-sided tape works well to stick on the clothes.
The girls are looking good in neutral t-shirts.

Bright red patterns, stripes and solids. The girl in the middle is showing some of her blue lingerie. Hmmmm….

Flowing, soft knit t-shirts look great with the black leggings!

School will be out soon and this project would make a great indoor activity for your little girl crafter! 

Have fun and thanks for visiting.


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  1. Goodness me thats a fab idea. What little (or big) girl wouldn't want a whole wardrobe to play about with! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. I love these! I have grand daughters I have been thinking are the right age to start playing with paper dolls. thanks for sharing! Link up this up with me on Wow Us Wednesday, ok?

  3. Oh! This brings back so many good memories for me. I always loved my paper dolls:) Thanks for sharing a great idea.

  4. WOW these bring back some memories! Love them!

    We would LOVE for you to stop over and link these up in our Crafty Showcase. It runs from Sat-Thur and then our Designers pick their favorites to Feature on Friday. We also have an ETSY & Crafty Business linky on the same page. We hope you join in.

    Susie @Bowdabra

  5. What a clever idea!!! I love it and my daughter will absolutely adore it!!

  6. What a great idea! If only my dad's 7 daughters had any girls instead of ALL boys!

  7. oooh great idea about using a magazine! pinning!

  8. what a cute idea--and they are so hip!!!

  9. Such a sweet, fun idea! I loved paper dolls when i was a wee one. Love the vintage ones you found.
    <3 Christina
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

  10. that is so much fun Carolyn! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  11. super fun! I had fun with paper dolls as a child, and my daughters might get a kick out of it as well. Guess I'll have to try it and see. :)

  12. This is wonderful! What a smart, frugal idea. There are some girls in my life who will really enjoy it. I've pinned this one.

  13. This is really nice. My little girl will love this!

  14. I love the blend of the old and the new. So cute, clever and lots of fun!!

  15. This was an awesome idea Carolyn! My little nieces would love this- it would be a great project to do together. Thanks for the idea!!
    xo Becca


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