How to Make Paper Dolls

By: the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Family Paper Dolls

Once you learn how to make Family Paper Dolls, you can surprise the whole family with a set of paper dolls that look just like them.

How to Make Family Paper Dolls

What You'll Need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Family Photographs
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Old Wrapping Paper

1. Draw the head and body shape of each member of your family on construction paper that matches their skin tone. The dolls will probably be different sizes, just like the members of your family. Cut out the dolls.


2. Find photographs of family members' heads that will be the right size for the cutout bodies (make sure it is all right to cut these photos). Carefully cut out the heads, and glue them onto the dolls. Use markers to draw underclothes on the dolls.

3. Trace around each doll on the wrapping paper to make clothing and shoes. Before you cut out the clothes and shoes, add small tabs that can be folded over the doll's body to attach them. You can make lots of different outfits for your family.

4. Does each family member have a favorite outfit? Draw and color it on white construction paper. Then dress up your doll family, and invite your real family to meet themselves!

In Japan, there is a national holiday dedicated to paper dolls. Find out how to make a Japanese Paper Doll on the next page.

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