Design Your Own Paper Dolls
Since I first got an electronic cutting machine I've wanted to try some paper dolls. Turns out that also makes a perfect library activity!
I wanted to give as much creative control as possible here. So I used a doll without a face, which allowed them to draw their own. I also had a few different hairstyles they could choose from. I considered just cutting out the styles in white so they could be colored, but decided to go with a few different colors of each style:
I cut these out on yellow, red, brown, and black cardstock (templates at bottom of page). I couldn't seem to make the tabs work to secure the hairstyles to the head, so I just had the girls pick a style to glue on.
I gave them 3 outfit options to design: a dress, a skirt and top, and pants and a second top.
I went through a lot of dress options, but I settled on this one because I thought the fullness and length would give them more room to design (and be better for smaller children!):
I had colored pencils, glue, and some embellishments at each table:
In addition to the colored pencils, I had: glitter, sequins, bows, mini pompoms, and metallic markers. I also set out some white cardstock and scissors in case anybody wanted to get adventurous and cut out their own skirt or dress to design.
I uploaded the following images to my Cricut:
Doll: sized at 3.19"W x 7.76"H
cut out on your choice of skin tone cardstock
Dress: on white cardstock, sized at 4.54"W x 6.18"H
I welded small rectangles to each strap and the side before cutting (see earlier picture for reference)
I got this template from Craftside
Skirt: 1.96"W x 2.12"H
I just cut the outline on white cardstock, but you could do a Print Then Cut if you like the defined top and pleats.
This skirt is from Paper Thin Personas
Sleeveless Top: 2.08"W x 2.39"H
Again, I just cut the outline on white cardstock, but you could do a Print Then Cut if you want the bow.
This top is also from Paper Thin Personas
Tee Shirt: 2.1"W x 2.88"H
On white cardstock, outline only.
I got this shirt from WikiHow.
Palazzo pants: 2.62"W x 4.41"H
I had to weld the tabs onto these as well. White cardstock, outline only. I had a hard time finding pants to work with the doll I used.
Short Hair: 1.33"W x 1.38"H
Shag Hairstyle: 1.27"W x 1.78" H
Curls: 1.62"W x 1.45"H
Long Hair: 1.38"W x 167"H