Paper dolls are never too old
To make your own paper dolls or buy ready ones has always been a passion of mine. Now I am teaching my grand daughter to do the same.
The two first home made paper dolls
To draw, paint and cut out your own paper dolls is wonderful. As a mum, you practice in secret so you can guide the children. However, the meaning with this is that the children make all the drawings and cutting themselves. If they need help, they will ask you because you are there.
My grand daughter and I made two paper dolls, A woman and a man. He is a policeman and she is a bally dancer =) They have clothes that are painted by my little girl, and they also have a "bed" where she sticks them when she leaves them in the drawer. The bed has pillows and a quilt in colors. It is made of an envelope. An interesting detail is that she said they were married so they could sleep in one bed =D
An important detail is these little white squares who make the clothes sit there and not fall down. So I suggest that you write them first before you color the items. Furthermore, when you paint them, use colors that are quickly drying. The nice clothes can be damaged other wise.
Skipper - Barbies friend
Press-Out Fashions for Teen Skipper Paper Doll.
|Barbie SUPER TEEN SKIPPER Paper Doll Book (1980 Whitman)|
Whitman, under license by Mattel
Ken, Barbie & Skipper Paper Dolls & Pre-Cut Fashions for each Doll.
|Great Shape Barbie Paper Doll Book w Barbie, Ken & Skippe...|
Get started now!
If you don´t have the artistic skill you think you need. Do not worry! The children do not care about that. Just teach them the basics in making dolls, clothes and accessories. They will keep it going by themselves! I promise you!
To make it easy, you can buy the first paper dolls and make new clothes, shoes and why not furniture for them. A suggestion from me: Make the DOLL of hard paper. The doll is the thing most used and can be broken so easily. The clothes and hats and so on, can be softer. They can be made of paper or textile fabrics. I use bands, small buttons and glued spangle. Lace or colored sheets of paper is useful too.
There is nothing that is "wrong". Let the childs imagination go to work. I have even made shoes of pasta once hehehe
Are going to make paper dolls?
Experienced or newbee
These videos are helpful
Watch these videos and see how easy it is. Here is shown step by step how you can make the doll, clothes and even wigs !!
Remember that if you have a boy, you can make firemen or polices or other typical masculine paper dolls. Make animals, make houses, fire stations and a police car too.