How To Craft A Paper Doll (For Kids)

Because most young children are used to having their dolls ready-made for them, you’ll find they will regard the paper doll with awe and wonder after seeing it come to life through their own hands.  Not only does this type of paper craft provide great sensory stimulation for kids, but it also gives them immense confidence and satisfaction in their abilities.

How To Craft A Paper Doll (For Kids)

Here’s the full guide to making this beautiful paper doll with a puffy dress, complete with required materials, instructions, a video and notes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Craft Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Materials
  

  • 25 Pieces Paper 8cm  × 12cm
  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Glue
  • 1 Toothpick
  • 1 Tape
  • 1 Pen
  • 1 Marker

Instructions
 

  • Take 1 piece of 8cm  ×12cm colored paper. 
  • Fold the piece neatly in half.
  • Using a pen, draw a half-bell shape on one side of the folded piece of paper.
  • Use a pair of scissors to cut out the shape of the half-bell from the folded piece of paper.
  • Fold the cut-out piece of paper in half.
  • Fold back one side of the paper in half.
  • Fold back the other side of the paper, so that the whole piece of paper forms an “M” shape.
  • Straighten out the paper and use a pen to draw circle marks along the length of the paper at points where the fold lines are showing.
  • Unfold the paper completely, so you can work on the other side. This time, draw circle marks along the length of one side of the paper at points where the fold lines are showing. Add a line of glue that covers only one side of the paper directly under the upper and lower circles you made. 
  • Fold the paper again, so it’s glued together.
  • Add another line of glue that runs through the middle circle mark you made earlier.
  • Start arranging the pieces of paper one by one on top of each other. Add a line of glue that runs through the middle circle mark each time so that the pieces stick to each other.
  • Once the pieces are now stuck together, bring the first and last pieces together, so they stick together and the paper structure forms a continuous circle.
  • Use a marker to draw the upper torso of a pretty, smiling doll. Shade the top part of her dress using a similar color to the one used for her puffy skirts.
  • Glue a toothpick to the back of the paper doll.
  • Push one end of the toothpick into the centerfold of the “puffy skirts” to attach them to the paper doll’s torso.
  • There you go! You now have a complete paper doll wearing a puffy dress. Isn’t she so pretty?

Notes

You can craft a paper doll using a different color for different outfits.
The paper doll can also have a different face, which helps kids experiment with their drawing abilities.
This craft takes 30 to 50 minutes to complete, which is plenty of time for kids to have fun while also getting valuable sensory stimulation.
 
Keyword Craft, Craft For Kids, doll craft
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