Melissa Golladay is joining us again today! She’s sharing a fun way to make homemade paper dolls, perfect for toddler pretend play. I especially love her final tip!
Once upon a time, I was crafty. I could make things that people actually
displayed in their houses. But, you know, life got in the way and those crafting
days were long gone by the time Sofi was born. But my toddler has sparked
something and reminded me that I can be pretty darn crafty if I want.
Case in point: homemade paper dolls.
This was a spur-of-the-moment project. No planning or Pinterest-inspiration at
all. Sofi was coloring one morning and I noticed a pair of scissors nearby. So
I started folding pieces of paper in half and cutting out shapes for her to color.
I quickly grew bored of cutting squares and hearts and decided to challenge
myself: people! The result was a little paper doll.
I drew eyes and a mouth to give it a face and then let Sofi color hair and clothes on it. She loved it and immediately demanded 10 more. I practiced making some with skirts and making them different sizes until we had a whole family of paper dolls. After we colored them, Sofi put them all down on the coffee table for night night and sang them a lullaby.
Here’s your tutorial:
Supplies: construction paper, scissors, crayons
Optional: glue stick
1. Fold a piece of construction paper in half
2. Cut out the shape of half a person so that when you unfold the paper you have
two symmetrical sides. I free-handed it but you could draw it on the paper first
if you need.
3. Unfold and color. For some we used construction paper scraps to glue on
Pro tip: when a doll accidentally loses an arm or leg (or even a head!), use tape
as a bandaid to fix the boo boo.
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