Paper Dolls

by Laurie Cinotto

Making paper dolls is a fun and easy and guaranteed to keep a variety of ages busy for hours.

Pull out all your favorite Fiskars® scissors, punches, stamps and scraps and get creative. We've provided the templates for a doll and two dresses, but I encourage you to alter those, experiment, and really just run with it.

Download templates here:
Template Dress 1
Template Dress 2
Template Figure

Instructions:

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Begin by creating a template and either draw or print them out on a nice thick cardstock.

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Carefully cut out the dress templates and doll using a pair of Fiskars scissors or a crafting knife and mat. Cut on the outside of black line. The dotted lines are fold lines, so be sure not to cut there.

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Select a piece of paper for your dress, place your template on the paper and trace around it with a pencil. Cut out your dress, and erase any pencil lines left behind.

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Now it's time to trim the dress. Grab a few punches and Paper Edger scissors and have some fun! The possibilities are endless!

This large Scalloped Circle Punch makes great scalloped sleeves.

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The Threading Water Border Punch adds a nice detail to the dress hem.

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A scalloped circle punched from the center of a large circle makes a great decorative buckle.

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Use your Paper Edgers to make frilly hemlines, cuffs or necklines.

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Play with color, texture and pattern and create a dress for any occasion. The XL Cloud Squeeze punch makes excellent puffy sleeves. Just attach them by using a glue stick.

The cherry from the Sweet Life Simple Stick stamps makes a great pattern on a summer dress.

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Don't forget the accessories! Try using the Sweet Life Simple Stick stamps to make some treats for your doll. Just stick the stamps to a block, ink and stamp onto cardstock. Cut out the treats using your Micro-Tip scissors.

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Once you've created your wardrobe, it's time to dress your doll.

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Give her a smiling expression with a marker or colored pencil. Create a hairstyle for her out of a textured paper or yarn.

Fold the shoulder tabs on the dotted lines, and hang your dress on the doll.

A tiny piece of double-stick tape will hold your accessories in place.

Lastly fold the doll base on the dotted lines so she can stand upright.

Of course she needs friends, so make a few more dolls and experiment some more!

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