Paper dolls and other paper toys

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Here is a paper toy from this week’s Huisgenoot:

bieber maskThe wording translate as:

I AM A BELIEBER, with below that instructions to make a mask.


These are not paper dolls, but a product that may interest paper doll lovers, or a little girl in your life.

It is a book with many pages of faint outline dolls to color and dress up. (If the dolls are not clear on my picture, I am sorry.)

Top Model (2)

Top Model (3)

It also has stickers of jewelry and clothing for the dolls: Read the rest of this entry »


Cards, Crafts and other Kids Projects has lovely pop-up cards, but they do not feature the templates. I really liked the pop-up swan, so I made a template.

To make a swan more or less like the one pictured in the link, print this on the back of your cardboard. (It has to be the back, or your swan will be stained with the stripes.) Cut with a craft knife on all the black parts. Crease forward or backward, depending on whether it is a hill fold or valley fold, on the horisontal lines according to color. Fold.

Make this puppet on cardboard with 3 split pins.

 Skater girl puppet


Print, cut out and place around child’s arm. (The tab at the bottom goes through one of the top slits.) You could make it stronger with clear adhesive plastic on both sides before cutting it out.




Tony Hart’s Draw it Yourself was a feature that appeared in South Africa’s Your Family magazine years ago. The idea is to first draw the basic shapes in pencil in their relative positions, then change the basic shapes into the animal drawing, then to go over it with pen and erase the pencil markings.

A few more of these are found here


B is for Baby:baby+tender+care0009(1)

baby+tender+care0008(1)This baby is from Peck Aubry’s “Baby Tender Care.” The book includes a Babysitter paper doll too. Find more of the book here. (You need to register to be a member of the group in this link. This group is truly the best source for as many paper dolls as you may want, as varied as you can imagine.)

B is for Ballet:


B is for Box:




B is for Bird:



wigwams-3Me and my seven-year-old nephew made this American Indian village, after something similar from “The Big Ideas Book” by Susan Stranks.


For the wigwams, we put a saucer upside-down on cardboard and drew circles, which we cut out. We cut them in half, and then stapled the half-circles into cone-shapes. For the large wigwam, we used the half-circle from a larger bowl. We cut and folded a tent flap on the front of each, and decorated it with pens and stickers. (Susan Stranks had felt-tipped pens for her tent decor, which we lacked. We used stickers, which Susan lacked.)

The totem pole is just a cardboard cone with faces, and a cardboard birdface with wings on top.

The fire is orange paper and a few sticks.

If you want to put little figures of Indians in between, you can get some to print out on this page, and the next few pictures after it.

Susan Stranks suggested an Indian baby cradle from string and cardboard, here pictured with a totem pole.

She also suggests arrows, bows, crosses, eagles, canoes, etc. as decorations. Here is her Indian Village:scan000c3

Have you ever wanted to draw your own paperdoll (PD) , but did not feel up to the task?

Here, you can trace “your own” PD, choose the face you want, and the arms configuration you want. And after that, you can make clothes for her.


(I find today’s standard printer paper is too thick to properly see the image below, when you want to trace. Ho do I solve this? Easy. In daylight, I prestik the page with the image on the inside of my window, and then the drawing page over it. The back lighting from the sun makes the tracing picture visible. Even better is to place your picture on a glass table with a bed lamp under the table.)

I assume that everybody who played with PD’s as a child already know how to make doll clothing, but here, quickly, is simple instructions for someone who do not: Place the doll, allready glued to cardboard and cut out, on paper. Hold doll, and trace her outlines with a pencil. Draw outfit to size on these outlines. Erase outline before coloring clothing. Add tabs to the drawing before cutting out.


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