How to Make Your Own Paper Dolls


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Hello everyone! When I was a kid, I liked to play with paper dolls. I remember buying books where the doll would punch out, and you would have lots of fun trying on different fashions and styles on him or her. Recently I began looking up paper dolls, and as I was seeing more and more of them, I thought, hey! Maybe I could make my own!

If you have a little one in your life you’d like to gift a paper doll to (or just want to try your hand at this, like me) this is a tutorial for you! Let’s get started.

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Things you’ll need:

1. Female (or male) croquis. I found mine on google images.

2. Light box (or if you don’t have one, place a lamp underneath a glass table. That will achieve a similar effect)

3. Pen and pencil

4. Paper to trace

5. Colored pencils or crayons (optional)

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Step One: Turn your light box on, or the lamp underneath a glass table, and place your female croquis on it to trace. Place a piece of paper on top of the croquis and begin tracing in pencil. You only need to trace the front-facing figure. Be light with the pencil if you can, to avoid deep pencil marks later on.

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When you’re done tracing, remove the croquis and look at the tracing. Make any irregularities neat.

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Step Three: Now start editing! Draw the face, the hair, and add on some lingerie of your choice. When drawing the hair, make sure it’s well above the shoulders. That way, when you’re putting the clothes on when the doll is finished, you can easily slip the tabs over the shoulders.

Grab your pen, and start tracing over the pencil lines. Take it slow.

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Set your doll aside, to allow the ink to dry.

Step Four: Now, slip your croquis back onto your light box, and with another sheet of paper, begin making clothing! The only limit to the styles you create for your doll is your imagination. Make sure to add tabs to the sides of your garments, and for tops and dresses, also add tabs to the shoulders.

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When you’ve drawn your outfits in pencil, and are happy with the lines and neatness, go over them again with pen. Set aside to allow the ink to dry.


Step Five: Grab your doll and gently erase the pencil from underneath the ink. Once your outfits are dry, make sure to erase the pencil there too. Go over any thin lines or irregularities with the pen again. Now, if you like, before cutting out the doll and outfits, color them!

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And that’s all there is to it! You can also make shoes for your doll if you wish, but I decided to have mine wearing some plain black slippers. Enjoy your new paper doll!


Updated: July 29, 2015 — 5:43 pm
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