Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Paper Doll Card - Instructions

Pretty simple, but pretty cute!

So this is my first DIY. My mom amazed me as a little girl at her ability to cut out a string of paper dolls. She first showed off her talent when I was making Valentine's Day cards for my classmates when I was in Grade 1 (OH so long ago!!).

I was recently at my brother's friend's house and showed off this paper doll talent with their little girl. She was AMAZED! You too can become a master paper doll cutter, just follow these simple instructions, and practice! Eventually you won't need to draw out or measure anything like my mom and I.

For this particular paper doll application, you will need:

Origami paper (6"x6") or other really thin paper like rice or crepe
Plain card (4"x6")
Sharp scissors
Glue stick
Sharp pencil
Envelope (optional)

Step 1:
Cut a 1.5" strip off of the Origami paper. You can draw a line on the back side of the paper with a ruler where you want to cut first.

Step 2:
Fold strip in half, right sides together. Then do a fan fold, with each section measuring 1/2". You should have 10 sections. Each section will become half of a girl. The end should be the back side up so that you can draw your design on it.

Step 3:
Draw in pencil half of a girl. The edge of the paper should be where her hands are, and the 1st crease should be the center line of her body. Make sure that you have at least the hands joined. You could also choose to have the hair join like in my picture, but it isn't necessary. To do this, draw the hands (and hari) to the edge of the paper.

Step 4:
Carefully cut along your pencil line. Don't be tempted to peek until she is all cut because the paper can tear easier this way.

Step 5:
Unfold carefully and lay flat. Ta Da!

Step 6:
Glue the paper dolls along the bottom of your card.

You could apply this same technique and make a chain of paper hearts for valentine's day. I've also cut the skirt down to make pants and pigtails off to make little boys for every other one, also very cute!

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