I found this paper doll craft idea from this website here. It really is quite simple. It just takes a lot of time. I found that I had to keep coming back to the project during the day because I couldn't finish it in one sitting. All-in-all, it took me 5 hours.
I know. I know. 5 hours sounds like eternity, right? Well it really isn't if you are breaking up the time throughout a day or week. I think crafting is quite therapeutic actually :) Plus, I think the rewards of doing something yourself outweigh spending tons of money on a present.
The reason I love these paper dolls is because they are vintage, adorable, and they inspire my daughter to use her imagination. I will bring them with us in the car, to Sunday services, or anywhere else she may need a tag-along toy to keep her occupied.
What you need
- Paper doll fabric from Amazon here (for goodness sake... it's less than $7.00!)
- Iron-on interfacing from any craft store
- Iron-on fabric velcro
- Iron and ironing board
- Bed sheet
- Iron on fabric onto the interfacing. Put the iron on steam setting and place a bed sheet over the fabric to protect it while you iron. (This bonds the interfacing to the fabric to make the paper dolls thicker and more durable.)
- Cut out the paper dolls and accessories
- Cut out little pieces of velcro for the dolls and the accessories
ron on the velcro onto the paper dolls and the accessories (use the bed sheet for this as well)
- After writing this post earlier today, the velcro has already started coming apart. So I am sewing them on.
I love seeing Sitora play with these dolls... and to be honest I love playing them with her! It's like I'm transported back in time to when I was a little girl myself :)
Oh. my. goodness. Who wouldn't adore this George Washington outfit and wig???
This school girl outfit makes me giddy.
Here is a picture of the velcro I placed on the back of the doll so we can attach her hats and clothes...
And here is a pic of the velcro attached to the clothes.
I finished the dolls after 1:00am last night, so I left this sign on the table for Sitora and SuperDan's little sister to find this morning. I told them before they went to bed that I would have the dolls ready for them when they woke up!