How to Make a Stand-Up Dress-Up Doll

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When I was a little girl I would have so much fun dressing up paper dolls.  You know…. the paper dolls you buy in a book at the store where you cut out the clothes to put on them?  I loved them.  I used to spend hours dressing up the paper dolls and changing their clothes over and over again.  Well, today I’m going to show you how to make with your children a stand-up dress-up doll.  I got the idea from a post I saw on another site ( ikatbag.com). You are going to make the doll out of cardboard… it is much stiffer and will hold up to many, many clothes changes.  Also, in this craft you will find 4 different template sheets of different accessories for your dress-up doll.  That means hours of fun for you and your children dressing up the doll.  So, grab the few materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Stand-Up Dress-Up Doll



 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Scissors

Black Marker

Cardboard

Paste or Glue (optional)

Glue Dots

 

Click on template images below to open and to print off.

Accessories Template 1



Accessories Template 1



 

Accessories Template 2



Accessories Template 2



 

Accessories Template 3



Accessories Template 3



 

Accessories Template 4



Accessories Template 4



 

Stand Up Dress Up Doll Template



Stand Up Dress Up Doll Template



 

Step 1



Print out template.  Cut it out.  Then trace it or paste it onto cardboard.



Print out template.  Cut it out.  Then trace it or paste it onto cardboard.


Step 2



Draw a face on the doll.



Draw a face with ovals for eyes.  A letter “C” for the nose.  A curved line for the smile.

 

Step 3



Cut around the figure.



Cut around the figure.

 

Step 4



 Cut two cardboard rectangles out.  Cut slits as the image shows you.



Cut two cardboard rectangles out.  Then cut the following slits out…. On one cardboard cut a slit on the top and a slit on the bottom.  On the other cardboard rectangle cut two slits on the top.

 

Step 5



Now put the cardboard rectangle's slits into the doll's feet slits.



Now put the cardboard rectangle’s slits into the doll’s feet slits.

 

Step 6



Turn doll around.  Put these two slits into each other.



Turn doll around.  Put these two slits into each other.  One rectangle has a slit on the bottom and one has a slit on the top.



It should look like this.



Like this.



Here is a different view.



Here is a different view.

 

Step 7



It should stand.



It should stand.

 

Step 8



Print out accessories.



Print out accessories.

 

Step 9



Cut them out.



Cut them out.

 

Step 10



I used glue dots to stick the clothes on the doll.



I used glue dots to stick the clothes on the doll.  They stay sticky time after time of changing clothes.

 

Here are some examples of how to dress up your new stand up dress up doll.

Example 1



Example 1



 

Example 2



Example 2



 

Example 3



Example 3



 

Example 4



Example 4



 

Example 5



Example 5



I bet you and your children had fun making these stand up dress up dolls….. but wait till you see the amount of fun they have dressing them up too.  They will love it.  I gave you 5 examples of ways to dress up your doll…. How many other ways can your child come up with?  Have fun!!

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2 Comments

  1. Dolores Carr

    02.11.2013

    Hi,
    I love the doll idea. My homeschool class is studying figure drawing, and although this doll project seems a bit elementary for my middle school group, any figure demonstration gives students an idea of proportion. In fact it could open the door for using other materials for a more permanent realistic doll with cloth accessories, but I am just imagining where we will go with this.
    Love your site and thank you for helping us other artist!
    Dolores

  2. admin

    02.12.2013

    Thanks Dolores! Its good to know that someone found this helpful!!!

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