Some of you may remember these paper dolls my daughter Emily designed for the site a few years back. Well, now she’s officially on the team and illustrating a whole new set of paper dolls for our members! We are calling our first paper doll Alyssa, and she comes with a few different paper outfits for fall and Halloween.
Because this is a print-then-cut project, you will need a Cricut cutting machine. Or you can always use our template to cut your paper doll by hand.
Get dolled up for Halloween
While we are calling our paper doll Alyssa, your little one can name her whatever she prefers! Paper dolls are a great way to encourage pretend play, which also promotes creativity, exploration, and communication. Plus they are very easy to make and provide endless entertainment for kids.
Stay tuned for our next paper doll, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions for a future doll you want to see us make. We already have a few ideas but always love to hear yours!
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- Cricut Cutting Machine (recommended)
- Detail Scissors (if cutting by hand)
- Cardstock (for the doll)
- Printer Paper (for the clothes)
- Paper Clip, Tape, or Glue (for the doll’s base)
- Gather your tools and materials. Then download the pattern below.
- Use a Cricut with our print-then-cut file, or use scissors to cut by hand. If you need help with the print-then-cut feature in Design Space, be sure to check out our video, Using JPG files in Design Space.
- Once your paper doll is cut, use a paper clip, tape, or glue to close the paper stand she’s on so she can balance.
Need more guidance? Watch our video: 5 Steps for Basic Print then Cut
Love this DIY paper doll? Browse more crafts for kids. And don’t forget to take a look at the rest of our September collection.
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These. Paper dolls bring back memories from my childhood , wonderful job to Emily !!! Wish I had a Granddaughter to make this for, not sure my 4 grandsons would appreciate them 🤣But one of these days I might just make this anyway just because it’s so cute. I am thinking you could save as a print & cut & then also save as a svg and then cut the svg out of chip board or balsa wood, then do the print & cut doll & glue onto the chip board or balsa wood. Or maybe do all on printable magnetic sheets…So many possibilities with this Awesome file. Thanks Emily & Lia ! Beth U.
I love the idea of magnetic sheets!
I grew up with paper dolls and outfit’s. Emily is doing a great job. My daughter is 38 and my grands are boys. this would look great in my miniature collection. I’ll have to try this later, love this. I’ve learned so much. I’m going to do the crepe paper class a second time now that my experience with you and Team has grown so much.
Yay! So happy you are coming for the next round!
Oh my goodness, I love these so much. I use to make paperdolls, assorted clothes. I sure could and would get into these. Your daughter is so very talented. Years ago I bought a set of paper dolls that were rubber stamps. Of course I had to have them all and the clothes. These would make awesome gifts. Love to you all and happy holidays
Thank you, Debra! I am going to share this with Emily. There will be more coming, but her wrist is healing right now.
Any chance you would make a boy to go with the girl? I am having my niece and nephew stay with us in a couple of weeks.
We will see what we can do! We already have our October collection done and ready to go, but we are thinking of coming out with a new winter version in either November or December, so we will keep this in mind.
question, I have never under stood print then cut until I watched Emily’s tutorial, Great job!!! I did it, but the clothes are too small for the paper doll. When I made the doll, I re-sized it like you said to 9.2, when it was time to make the clothes, Cricut said it was too big so I just resized to 9.2, but obviouslyI was wrong. They are a little too small. Hope you can help me.
Both files include a border that will help make sure both pages are the same size. Make sure you set the height specifically to 9.2, not the width; it will automatically size the width. If that doesn’t work, you can set both heights to 9.0 instead. Feel free to email email@example.com if you still need help after following this!
I love this idea! I am a K teacher and have 10, 5 yr old girls in my class this year that would love this. So I agree with the comment above if the kids could color and design the clothes too that would be fun. I am a little nervous about the durability with so many little hands. Laminating? I don’t know, let me know if you have any thoughts. Thanks for doing this Emily!
Making the doll from card stock will help and yes, paper dolls will take a hit from little fingers. The dolls could be laminated but after they are cut out. Just be sure to cut slits for the clothes tabs to slide through. 😉
These are adorable! Fond memories of growing up with paper dolls. Remember Betsy McCall!!?? My suggestions would be to add on wardrobes for more seasons n the future for the current doll, of course add in more “girls”, plus make some black and white pages so the clothes could be colored with crayons, paints, markers, etc. Looking forward to what your daughter comes up with. I am lucky, too, that my 28 year old daughter, who is also an only child, lives close enough to me that we craft together almost every week! Love it, am blessed!
Yes! I referred to Betsy McCall when talking to Emily about this project. Thank you for suggestions, we’ll keep them in mind when designing more dolls to join Alyssa!