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How-Tuesday: Paper Dolls

Feb 22, 2011

by Julie Schneider

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“Drawing is fun… drawing is scary!” So opens Carla Sondheim’s Drawing Lab, a book brimming with assignments, projects, ideas and techniques to spark your imagination and playfully coach you to a new level of confidence with drawing and mark-making. Carla Sonheim is a Seattle-based illustrator and has been an Etsy seller since way back when. For this week’s How-Tuesday, she’ll show you how to make your own paper dolls. Feel free to customize them to suit your fancy. If you can’t get enough, check out her shop and blog!

I’m happy to announce that Carla will also be bringing her show on the road and joining us at Craft Night on Monday, February 28, 2011 for a drawing workshop at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, NY. It’s free and you’re invited to come bolster your drawing skills. Please RSVP here.

    

Find your own copy of Drawing Lab on Amazon or an independent bookseller near you.

“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Here is the key to your earthly pursuits.” — Carl Jung

It’s fun to play with paper dolls! (It’s even more fun to see grown men play with paper dolls, which happened in our household recently.) Indulge your inner child by creating a personalized set of paper dolls, complete with pets.

 

Supplies you’ll need:

• Recycled cereal box
• Red water-soluble marker
• Flat brush
• Gesso
• Water-soluble crayon (in an appropriate skin color)
• Water-soluble crayon (in brown, black, gray, orange, or yellow for hair)
• Damp rag or paper towel
• Pencil
• Fixative
• Scissors

Let’s get started!

Directions:

1. Cut down your cereal boxes so that you are working with only flat pieces. (You can throw away the folded portions.) With your water-soluble marker, block in your figures. Since these lines will be mostly obscured, there is no need to be fussy with detailing at this step.

2. With your flat brush, paint a layer of gesso over the drawings. Try to get it as smooth as possible. Notice that the marker will show up through the gesso so you can still see your drawings. Let dry.

3. Color the face, arms and legs with your choice of skin-colored, water-soluble crayon.

4. Rub smooth with a slightly wet paper towel or rag.

5. Draw the hair with your crayons, using a paintbrush if you want to soften the look. Outline the entire figure in pencil.

6. If desired, add pastel to the cheeks with the end of your pinkie finger. Spray with fixative. Cut out your figures, and create stands for them by cutting a circle shape in half and cutting 1⁄2″ (1.3 cm) slits in the stand and the figure.

7. Play!

Thank you to Carla Sonheim and the good folks at Quarry Books for sharing this project with us. For more creative exercises to make drawing fun, check out Drawing Lab.

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186 comments

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 8 years ago

    What a sweet project! I teach a lot of art classes to kids and they would LOVE this project! Can't wait to try it out!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 8 years ago

    You make it look very easy. I love your work.

  • HenrietteWhite

    HenrietteWhite said 8 years ago

    Great stuff!

  • ekra

    ekra said 8 years ago

    Darling! Thank you for sharing!

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 8 years ago

    These are fantastic! :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    wow they're so cute, I used to love making paper dolls when I was a kid!

  • haveitconfections

    haveitconfections said 8 years ago

    Oh my! I am one smitten kitten. What wonderful work, I am off to buy your book!

  • AlyTheRed

    AlyTheRed said 8 years ago

    This is so exciting. I love her work, love her Drawing Lab book, but had no idea she also made paper dolls!!!!! These are a great deal of fun- can't wait to try. Thanks for coming to play Carla!

  • EllaParry

    EllaParry said 8 years ago

    Love it!!Xxx Great !!

  • EllaParry

    EllaParry said 8 years ago

    Love it!!Xxx Great !!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 8 years ago

    What a great technique!! Love it. Thanks for sharing..:)

  • pennyglassgirl

    pennyglassgirl said 8 years ago

    I really can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing:)

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 8 years ago

    Love paper dolls. Brings back fun childhood memories.

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 8 years ago

    As an artist and art teacher I'm always looking for ways to inspire my students. This project is engaging and a fun way to add play and a sense of freedom to portrait making. Can't wait to check out your book. Thank you!!

  • TheJoyofFinding

    TheJoyofFinding said 8 years ago

    oh geez! always something new, and soooo cute and easy to do, I think I can, I think I can do it too!

  • cowgrlup

    cowgrlup said 8 years ago

    Very cute .. thanks for sharing ;)

  • cowgrlup

    cowgrlup said 8 years ago

    Very cute .. thanks for sharing ;)

  • cherrytime

    cherrytime said 8 years ago

    Very lovely!!thanks

  • RebeccasEmporium

    RebeccasEmporium said 8 years ago

    Genius idea! They're beautiful :)

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters said 8 years ago

    lovely.

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 8 years ago

    awwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!! Congrats Carla!!!!!!! This is just GREAT!!!!!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 8 years ago

    Adorable! Fun to see a new technique...thanks!

  • trendlightly

    trendlightly said 8 years ago

    Those are adorable!

  • decor8

    decor8 said 8 years ago

    This is lovely, what a nice project!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    How sweet!

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 8 years ago

    Sooo adorable :-) Love the artwork! Congrats on the feature

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 8 years ago

    I love this how-to, and your creations put a big smile on my face! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings said 8 years ago

    Those are fantastic! I remember as a child playing for hours with paper dolls, I kept them in a shoe box under my bed. Thank you so much for sharing! I think I will make some with my granddaughters. God Bless!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 8 years ago

    Adorable! Love this post! A person forgets how much fun it is to make colorful paper doll people! :-)

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 8 years ago

    How cute are their little pets?! Lovely rainy-day project, thanks for sharing!

  • PotatoStampCards

    PotatoStampCards said 8 years ago

    This is a totally fantastic project, and the instructions are so straight forward! My sister was obsessed with paper dolls growing up, I can't wait to experiment with my own and share them with her! Thanks :)

  • letterstudio

    letterstudio said 8 years ago

    So strange! I just ordered your book yesterday online! Thanks for the tutorial and can't wait to see what great things are in your book :)

  • thumbunnies

    thumbunnies said 8 years ago

    I just made a crude set for my two kiddos (Girl and cat, Boy and dog) and they are loving them. Thanks for the inspiration--it was just what we needed to make today a little sunnier!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 8 years ago

    I loved paper dolls growing up and even made my own. Beautiful work and great article!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this adorble project!

  • iroirocrafts

    iroirocrafts said 8 years ago

    So sweet! LOVE the illustrations!

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 8 years ago

    Perfect! Doll making in all its forms is so personal, so life infusing. I am going to do this with my grand children. Thank you for sharing.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    So fun! Now if only my dolls would come out half as cute ;P

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Great way to use your imagination!

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 8 years ago

    This is great! I will have to keep this in mind for the next rainy day.

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 8 years ago

    I love your work....amazing!

  • EverydayCookies

    EverydayCookies said 8 years ago

    Love this project! Saving it to do with my precious little ones! (g-kids)

  • bezaleljewels

    bezaleljewels said 8 years ago

    I LOVE this! What an amazing idea. I am homeschooling my kids and am gonna try this with them. Thank you SO much for generously sharing this! Blessings.

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 8 years ago

    These paper dolls are so cute, I love them.

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 8 years ago

    That looks simple but I bet it is one of those things that you make look easy! Love your style!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 8 years ago

    The paper dolls and all illustrations are just so sweeeeet~! Love them =)

  • IcingOnTheMoon

    IcingOnTheMoon said 8 years ago

    Yea Carla, I've taken a couple of her online silly classes. There she motivates you to loosen up. She's promised another silly class soon, look for it in her shop! (Shameless plug!)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Wow...this is incredible! Beautiful!

  • TheFallenStar

    TheFallenStar said 8 years ago

    I remember loving paper dolls as a kid. Seems nothing has changed. These are adorable!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 8 years ago

    adorable whimsical drawings!

  • jsmiller

    jsmiller said 8 years ago

    I just bought this book and I love it! I wish I could go to craft night!

  • HansHolzkopf

    HansHolzkopf said 8 years ago

    So cuuuuuute!Sweet,sweet,sweet!

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits said 8 years ago

    Way cool. Not your mother's paper dolls!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 8 years ago

    those are so cute. I wish I could draw.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 8 years ago

    Great project. I really enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 8 years ago

    Cute... I will make these with my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

  • donebydigits

    donebydigits said 8 years ago

    very cute! I'd love to share this to my nieces and their moms.

  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture said 8 years ago

    Sooo sweet!! I love your work :D Thank you for sharing!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 8 years ago

    How sweet! They make my heart sing! Thank you for sharing!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 8 years ago

    Lovely ans sweet work!

  • carlasonheim

    carlasonheim said 8 years ago

    Wow! Thank you to everyone, and thank you etsy for such a nice write-up.

  • chocolatesundae

    chocolatesundae said 8 years ago

    Darling, Adorable and outright sweet!

  • FOYI

    FOYI said 8 years ago

    I remember my paper dolls when I was a kid. They seemed so real. So adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 8 years ago

    Great shop so cute :) Sam

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 8 years ago

    My children have an old trunk as an art box but they have never made paper dolls. I shall suggest it. My son will play more like Steve :) Great post!!! Thank you

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    Great designs and wonderful shop! Remember those barbie paper dolls? oh I just loved them when I was little. Very inspiring...

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 8 years ago

    wonderful drawings!

  • Divaliscious

    Divaliscious said 8 years ago

    Just love your style and drawings, the characters are simply darling!

  • kerrilyndesigns

    kerrilyndesigns said 8 years ago

    These are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  • SuePsales

    SuePsales said 8 years ago

    I can't wait to do this project. I used to have a paper doll set of the tv show the Munsters. I'm currently trying to teach myself how to draw, so this is a perfect project for me. THANKS Love your shop

  • NewEnglandCurio

    NewEnglandCurio said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the great tips! I am attempting to teach myself how to use and apply gesso in my own art projects. I can see from your work that you draw from the heart. Congrats on your successful business! ~Shannon

  • LouisaDesigns

    LouisaDesigns said 8 years ago

    I love your work these are just the cutest I have every seen

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 8 years ago

    These are adorable! Thank you!!

  • pipapiep

    pipapiep said 8 years ago

    So cute! love it!

  • henry9905

    henry9905 said 8 years ago

    so lovely. thank you

  • BellaRennie

    BellaRennie said 8 years ago

    love this....love Carla!

  • BellaRennie

    BellaRennie said 8 years ago

    love this....love Carla!

  • faraharia

    faraharia said 8 years ago

    I want to play! Time to get out the art supplies!Thank you !!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    Lovely. Great project for a rainy day.

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 8 years ago

    what is it with girls and paper dolls? Instantly drawn to this ( no pun intended:) Very sweet!

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 8 years ago

    LOve the creativity! I have sweet memories as a child playing for hours with paper dolls.

  • LittleGrayFox

    LittleGrayFox said 8 years ago

    this is an amazing tutorial and I can't wait to try it!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 8 years ago

    this is so fun! i can't wait to try this! wish i could come to new york and be there!! :)

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 8 years ago

    Love Carla's art. LOVE.

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 8 years ago

    Oh! I wish I could draw...unfortunately can't even draw a straight line...your work is stunning!

  • CoutureLife

    CoutureLife said 8 years ago

    So cute! Reminds me of my childhood!

  • UncommonNonsense

    UncommonNonsense said 8 years ago

    Oh what fun!!!! Great style! I love this!!!

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 8 years ago

    The simplicity of it all! How much sweet FuN to do this project, merci for the smiles Carla:)

  • ara133photography

    ara133photography said 8 years ago

    Those look fantastic & super fun!!

  • itsmolly

    itsmolly said 8 years ago

    Darling!!! You certainly have your own style and I love the faces on your dolls. It shows that you love what you do! Thank you for sharing.

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 8 years ago

    I made about 200 paper dolls when I was a kid & it's nice to see a more professional technique. I have to give this a try!

  • littlepaperpeople

    littlepaperpeople said 8 years ago

    Your drawings are divine! I sell recycled cards in Australia. Any chance you draw for other businesses to use? Love your stuff. It's gorgeous.

  • KooKooCraft

    KooKooCraft said 8 years ago

    so cute!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    Aww

  • bmused

    bmused said 8 years ago

    Absolutely adorable! I love your work!

  • BizimSupplies

    BizimSupplies said 8 years ago

    So pretty!

  • LineOfSight

    LineOfSight said 8 years ago

    I sooooo like this !!!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 8 years ago

    cool!

  • MataTimur

    MataTimur said 8 years ago

    This is sooo cool!! I really love this. Thanks for sharing!

  • bialakura

    bialakura said 8 years ago

    Great project! Your paintings are so sweet:)

  • magiebelle

    magiebelle said 8 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE - I can't wait to make these with my 9 yr. old artist in residence, Miss Annalia, today after school. She will love this

  • AllSoCute

    AllSoCute said 8 years ago

    aww, your paintings are absolutely adorable :) thanks for sharing!

  • AllSoCute

    AllSoCute said 8 years ago

    aww, your paintings are absolutely adorable :) thanks for sharing!

  • pearlgirl660

    pearlgirl660 said 8 years ago

    I just bought this book last week :)

  • Cinnamonsweeties

    Cinnamonsweeties said 8 years ago

    Cute... love em!

  • sewhappy74

    sewhappy74 said 8 years ago

    sew cute1

  • bamboobaby

    bamboobaby said 8 years ago

    I was so psyched when I saw your paper doll post! I think I love paperdolls more than anything else in this world. We need more paperdolls and our little girls are on it...me too.

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 8 years ago

    SO DAMN CUTE! When my sister and I were little my gma used to get these magazines that came with paper dolls in the back and we used to cut them out and collect them. We did this for years.

  • shoebx

    shoebx said 8 years ago

    oh i just love it, nice!

  • Dignav

    Dignav said 8 years ago

    excellent!

  • ArtisanGerard

    ArtisanGerard said 8 years ago

    I will have to remember this when my younger sibling grows up (terrible twos now though) :P

  • hopelovescards

    hopelovescards said 8 years ago

    I am a huge paper doll fan! Loved the tutorial! I just purchased a couple of your extra cute prints and got your book too! Best of luck to you. I know that I just can't wait to try out the paper dolls!

  • bijubrill

    bijubrill said 8 years ago

    It is a fairy tale!

  • Omiya

    Omiya said 8 years ago

    So sweet and cute!!! thank you for sharing!!!!!

  • immortalfashions

    immortalfashions said 8 years ago

    Thank you! I will try some soon.Luv them.

  • wassupbrothers

    wassupbrothers said 8 years ago

    Sooooo cute ! thanks for sharing))

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 8 years ago

    Darling, darling, darling-- healing art. Grazie.

  • marybethhale

    marybethhale said 8 years ago

    oohhhh! these are so wonderful! just delightful :)

  • cherryandviolet

    cherryandviolet said 8 years ago

    I've had Carla's book for a while now, and I love it! She has very insightful approaches to unleashing creativity and putting ideas to action. Love!

  • DebsDollRoomDesigns

    DebsDollRoomDesigns said 8 years ago

    This brings back memories of my childhood. Great project for the grandkids!

  • jenniferwhitmer

    jenniferwhitmer said 8 years ago

    What a fun, sweet article. Thank you so much, Carla! I plan to email this link to my 7 year old niece who will adore this paper doll project, but first I want to make some myself. Even as old as I am paper dolls still capture my imagination and joy.

  • fourteeneighteen

    fourteeneighteen said 8 years ago

    tottly cooool, iam inspired, thanks

  • pasubio9

    pasubio9 said 8 years ago

    Thank you! It always seems so simple .....

  • BunniesandAvacado

    BunniesandAvacado said 8 years ago

    Adorable! i love the style of drawing. I'm absolutely going to use that technique.

  • Auntannenmoyock

    Auntannenmoyock said 8 years ago

    I remember playing paper dolls with my best friend for hours and hours as a child. Love this idea and can't wait to share it with my granddaughter Eliza. Thanks

  • alphabettymonster

    alphabettymonster said 8 years ago

    I am going to do this before my daughter gets home as a special surprise. Great way to spend my sick day at home:-) Thanks!

  • minibear52

    minibear52 said 8 years ago

    So awesome that you would share your art like this. I have 9 and 6 yr old granddaughters who think coming to my house means craft time! This will be fun to see what they come up with. Thank you so much!!

  • tkirkes

    tkirkes said 8 years ago

    I love it! Great Idea!!!

  • ChangeUp

    ChangeUp said 8 years ago

    Fascinating, your ability to nuture our creativity in such a simple and whimsical way. Many thanks!

  • Sunshineshelle

    Sunshineshelle said 8 years ago

    This is soooo cute, & I have new crayons!! I think I'll try it - thanks ;)

  • ApplewoodHandwovens

    ApplewoodHandwovens said 8 years ago

    Ahhhhhhh.... another discovery of the inner child... wonderful!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 8 years ago

    so sweet project, I make paper dolls too and cloth dolls..I love it

  • LoopDeeDoo

    LoopDeeDoo said 8 years ago

    So fun! Thanks for showing us your technique. :)

  • ColorfulPixelsByLife

    ColorfulPixelsByLife said 8 years ago

    Wonderful

  • InspiredDesigns4YOU

    InspiredDesigns4YOU said 8 years ago

    Well, isn't that really c++l~ %^..^% (Miss Jenni cat would love the excitement of paper)~! Having spent hours with my jewellery creativity, helps you to 'look for detail'. Even if you think you can't draw, don't get caught up too much on perfection; simply let it happen...look at basic lines - how they connect - that's what I do. Thank you Carla for the inspiration and encouragement - awesome!

  • InspiredDesigns4YOU

    InspiredDesigns4YOU said 8 years ago

    In addition to Carla's book there is also Drawing on the left side of the brain for the 'right' handed people in our world! Cheers.

  • colorsofcomfort

    colorsofcomfort said 8 years ago

    i love your drawing style. so cute! i want to try this with my little sister. :)

  • raffelnco

    raffelnco said 8 years ago

    Can't wait for my granddaughter to come back for a visit. This is wonderful.

  • perebags

    perebags said 8 years ago

    Adorable! Thanks so much!

  • blueberryblonde

    blueberryblonde said 8 years ago

    *ADORABLE *

  • dollthreads

    dollthreads said 8 years ago

    Stunning simplicity! Just have to try it! Love it!

  • SoulRole

    SoulRole said 8 years ago

    what an incredible artist!!LOVE LOVE LOVE your work!My daughter is obsessed with drawing(fairies right now)and would love this idea!Mahalo!

  • PrudenceOctavia

    PrudenceOctavia said 8 years ago

    hove lovely. Just ordered the book from Amazon - it looks great! Thanks for the article!

  • irisbiran

    irisbiran said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation. Your illustrations are adorable. As an illustrator and paper artist, I really enjoyed them.

  • modesign

    modesign said 8 years ago

    lovely idea...i think I will make some paper cars "doll" for my little son...:)

  • Mouflon

    Mouflon said 8 years ago

    Oh what fun, I shall be making some just for me!

  • BlackRoseStudio

    BlackRoseStudio said 8 years ago

    These are wonderful! I especially love it that they are made from cereal boxes!

  • Witchey

    Witchey said 8 years ago

    cool! i love the surprised look on the dolls faces. its so whimsical. this entire thing is super cool.

  • ZenzPhotography

    ZenzPhotography said 8 years ago

    This is wonderful!! Reminds me of my childhood...

  • ArtbyClare

    ArtbyClare said 8 years ago

    I love the simplicity in this...I teach children...they would love this!!!! Terrific! ArtbyClare

  • CraftyPicks

    CraftyPicks said 8 years ago

    So cool! I love them!

  • CraftyPicks

    CraftyPicks said 8 years ago

    So cool! I love them!

  • ALittleWorld

    ALittleWorld said 8 years ago

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing. Love the technique, we will sure make some very soon!

  • seekoo1

    seekoo1 said 8 years ago

    wonderful!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    VERY CUTE!

  • TangoPony

    TangoPony said 8 years ago

    Carla rules! I just bought your book today as a birthday present to myself. It's time for me to learn to draw. (I'm 64.) I'll let you know how it goes. xx

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 8 years ago

    something to do with my kids on this wintery day! great! But I cant wait to see my husband join in...something about a 6ft 4 dudely dude holding a tiny pair of scissors and a doll will be irresistible...

  • TheJewelleryFactory

    TheJewelleryFactory said 8 years ago

    lovely...I want to make some dolls now.

  • TheLaughingButterfly

    TheLaughingButterfly said 8 years ago

    What a great idea! I'm always looking for something new to do with my kids on these rainy London days. I remember cutting out people from newspaper ads as a kid and using them as my paper dolls!

  • whatahussy

    whatahussy said 8 years ago

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

  • TheClayLoft

    TheClayLoft said 8 years ago

    Too Sweet! Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas! I'm going to go make some paper dolls with my little girl right now! :) 2 Thumblings way up!

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen said 8 years ago

    Absolutely adorable!!

  • BERTLENE123

    BERTLENE123 said 8 years ago

    these are great for my little kid, she adores crafts...she will sure make them

  • SteamyRomance

    SteamyRomance said 8 years ago

    I am in love with your paper dolls. I can't wait to share this with my best friend who home-schools. Thanks sharing!

  • mayhamdan

    mayhamdan said 8 years ago

    fun and playful.. teh sky is the limit.. I will start it right away with my daughter

  • bobbidiboo

    bobbidiboo said 8 years ago

    How dear! I want to make one now! My eight year old daughter is going to love to make these with me. thank you!

  • mjoan44

    mjoan44 said 8 years ago

    it shows we never have to grow up in our minds....just keeping enjoying those childhood memories...they are really neat

  • TruEnglishDesigns

    TruEnglishDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this tutorial! My 5 year old is going to love doing this with me:)

  • mellowmine

    mellowmine said 8 years ago

    I have your book, and it is a great book! Great tutorial :) I'm going to make some of these for my kids and my nieces!

  • dementedsnowflake

    dementedsnowflake said 8 years ago

    These are so gorgeous! When I was a child I had a box full of paper dolls that I cherished more than any of my Barbie's. I have always wanted to have a go at making my own and this tutorial has inspired me. :)

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  • greenpeck

    greenpeck said 7 years ago

    SOOO glad I found this!!!! My grandchildren are moving away from us and their little friends here....so I am going to make them a blank book with pockets for the dolls, one doll for each of us and precious friends including the cats and rabbit....will paint one big fold out scene of our yard and house where they play sooo much and then give them the book with all of us and them for them to continue drawing memories or future events or create whatever they want on the new pages....and the paper dolls can join in every time!! Will give them markers and pencils to go with it.....OOO...I better get busy!!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing this darling idea!!!

  • mygoodness

    mygoodness said 7 years ago

    are adults allowed to have this much fun?!

  • OneLoveCottage

    OneLoveCottage said 7 years ago

    Lovely! I'm gonna do some soon too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • freesoul

    freesoul said 7 years ago

    This is sooo sweet!!

  • AngelLeighDesigns

    AngelLeighDesigns said 7 years ago

    Sooooo sweet, and it would be a great birthday party favor, too!

  • Silkartist

    Silkartist said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful gift! I have several little girls on my shopping list that I'm going to personalize each doll with a drawing of themselves. Thank you.

  • andralynn

    andralynn said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing!

  • juliabhebner

    juliabhebner said 7 years ago

    OH! I want to try this!

  • lassandaliasdeana

    lassandaliasdeana said 7 years ago

    delicious! ;)

  • ErikaElyre

    ErikaElyre said 7 years ago

    Simply beautiful !!!

  • sherischart

    sherischart said 7 years ago

    How wonderful. This is delightful to enlighten children with storytelling as well as bringing back to life Paper Dolls. Thanks Carla for inspiring so many.

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