How to Make Paper Dolls

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Paper Doll Chain

Start your Paper Doll Chain by folding paper like a fan.
Start your Paper Doll Chainby folding paper like a fan.

When you make a Paper Doll Chain, you will notice that all the dolls have the same shape. Even though these paper dolls are identical, you can color each one to look different.

How to Make a Paper Doll Chain

What You'll Need:

  • Drawing Paper
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Trims such as Ribbon, Yarn, or Fabric Scraps
  • Craft Glue

1. Fanfold a piece of drawing paper evenly.


2. Draw your design for the paper dolls. Make sure the design touches both sides of the paper so the dolls "hold hands." Draw only one half of the doll since the other half will be across the top fold.

3. Cut out the doll pattern. Then decorate each doll with markers, or glue on trims such as ribbon, yarn, or fabric scraps.

You can also make holiday decorations with paper chains of hearts, shamrocks, bunnies, or stars -- just remember to leave a part touching each edge.

Tube Friends are unique paper dolls that you can hide small things inside. Read about how you can make Tube Friends on the next page.

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