“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Paper Dolls

When I was 8 I had a friend that had a huge collection of paper dolls, fortunately she was generous and didn't mind sharing. We'd play for hours, changing accessories and outfits.One of the best things was being able to keep all the outfits that were damaged...I'd bring them home and "repair" them, adding glitter, construction paper, photos from magazines and fake flowers.
This week's project for Lisa Kettel Designs helped me remember how much fun that was.
I used an image from a collage clip art CD which you can find in Lisa's shop.

Marie Antoinette
Vintage Image
pink ruffled ribbon
cage and bird stickers
red glitter heart sticker
resin rose stickers
glitter in dark pink, iridescent pink
paper flowers
small artificial rose
white pompom trim
decorative scrapbook paper
card stock
white craft glue
hot glue
glue stick

print image onto card stock
glue decorative paper onto card stock using a glue stick, press out air bubbles,
cut into skirt shape
attach image to top of skirt
hot glue ruffles to lower half of skirt, starting at the bottom.
add pompom trim using white glue
add paper flowers to dress
brush white glue to flowers and sprinkle with iridescent glitter
arrange rhinestones onto doll
attach artificial rose to skirt using hot glue
place cage on her head and bird sticker to her hand
add glitter heart sticker to hip
hot glue ribbon to back of doll to hang if you wish

Flower Fairy
Vintage image
glitter paper
fabric roses
silver glitter tinsel
artificial leaf
crepe paper flower
pink pipe cleaner
coarse glitter in pink and gold
plastic wings
card stock

print image onto card stock, cut out
draw arms onto remaining card stock, cut out and glue to torso
glue leaf to bodice
add fabric roses to top of arms to form sleeves
glue tinsel ribbon to 'waist'
hot glue torso and head to tissue paper flower
drizzle white glue to flower and cover with pink glitter
form legs out of pink pipe cleaner and glue to inside of skirt
add more fabric flowers for shoes
cut out crown shape out of gold glitter paper attach to top of head
glue wings to back of doll.
add ribbon to back of doll to hang

use butterfly wings or stickers instead of plastic wings
tissue paper flowers can be found in the greeting card/birthday section of Target
use crepe paper instead of fabric ribbon

Visit Lisa Kettell Designs, her artfire shop or her beautiful blog for more inspiration !!


  1. They are so pretty. I had some nice dress-up dollies like that too. happy memories! xx

  2. I just love this. I am hooked on paper dolls and redo girlies anyway. How lovely your share is. Oma Linda

  3. Makes you wish their outfits came in your size, huh?!

    So pretty!

  4. Paper dolls have come a long way since the 70s! I still love them though and wish I had thought of all this back when I was little! Course, we didn't even have computers then.....

  5. Oh Marfi, these are so sweet! I have always loved paper dolls as well and it is no surprise that you began your design and "repair" process at a very early age for you do amazing work. Hugs to you always, Mina

  6. your paper dolls are wonderful! thanks for sharing. And thanks for the last couple of comments you've left on my blog--so kind of you, and affirming.

    want some free paper dolls? i did the illustrations for these years ago for this client, and now you can download them here:

    have a lovely day,

  7. These are amazing, I just re-posted onto the design team blog!
    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous

  8. Your paper doll are so pretty.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    XO Sharon

  9. These are beautiful! I need to get back into my craft room!!


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