I made you a present to celebrate it being almost a year since I started sharing my work online and as a thank you for all the amazing support, emails, reviews, and general loveliness I’ve had coming my way since taking the (at the time) very scary step of putting my work out there. I was going to share this at Christmas but the fantastic Mr Finch beat me to it with his amazing fox paper doll, so I thought I’d hang back a bit.
OK, so you can print out these two pages on normal printer paper but I would recommend something slightly thicker. I printed mine out on medium weight cartridge paper. You can also print it out on paper and then glue the whole thing onto card before cutting it out. The first page has a basic doll’s body and the second page has three alternative faces and shoes that you can cut out and glue on top of the basic body.
Then it’s over to you! You can draw, paint, colour, dye, dab with tea bags to make her look a bit antique-ish, whatever you like. I’ve doodled on mine with a fine line pen. It’s a lot easier to draw and colour the doll before you cut her out.
Cut out the individual pieces with scissors or a craft knife the join the pieces together at the little crosses with paper fasteners or tie them together the way I have with thread or yarn. I’ve used a combination of both.
I really hope you like it! It’s actually kind of exciting and a bit daunting to put something out there for other people to take in their own direction and I would love to see what you come up with, so please feel free to share your paper doll photos on my Facebook page or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the PDF pattern here paper-dolls
PS Please don’t sell this, publish it as your own work, use it to make things to sell, adapt it to sell it, use it in any sort of dark magic type rituals or generally profit from this in any way that is just plain shabby or unpleasant. Instead make it, play with it, frame it, give it to people you love and enjoy it.
39 thoughts on “Paper Doll Presents”
These are just lovely! I love your work and these are a fun addition!
Oh thank you! Your Paper Dolls are wonderful! on my I wish I had time to do list? I will happily dream of
making your dolls to get through today! Thank you again!
I hope your day goes quickly Debi 🙂
Thank you so much for your generosity!
You are very welcome 🙂
Thank your so much, I will enjoy making these with my little girl x I lookforward to your lovely blog and work.. Tracy Duddridge x
Thanks Tracy, I’m going to have a little nosey around your blog x
Oh thank you, it’s very much a work in progress at the moment and not a patch on your beautiful and inspiring blog and work. My four year old daughter has recently been diagnosed with ASD ( autism spectrum disorder) and most of my time is taken up with being a mum and focusing on learning about her condition but I’m looking forward to foraging for nettles in the spring and trying to make dye and drink tea, you see more inspiration from your blog x Tracy
Thank you so much. Beautiful!
You’re welcome 🙂
What a fantastic idea. I look forward to making them for Easter Gifts for friends and family, on all sorts of paper/card.
thankyou so much.
Sounds like a plan Jan! I’d love to see them when they’re finished. 🙂
That is so generous of you, I look forward to having a play day and making one or maybe more of your fabulous creations 🙂
Thanks! You should give us a tag to use when we post them on social media, then they’ll be easy to find. So fun to search a particular tag on Instagram and be able to look at all of the (whatever) at once. Something like #PRpaperdolls maybe.
Fabulous idea! I’ve used #palerookpaperdoll on Facebook. I’d love to see what everyone comes up with 🙂
Love this!! Thank you so much; so thoughtful and generous of you. Just a few days ago, I posted my process of designing/making a cardboard hang-doll of my interpretation of a Santos Cage Doll. You might like to see:
Hi Genie, your Santos Cage Doll is gorgeous! I love your sketches too. Thanks for sharing 🙂
How inspiring! Thank you very much. I absolute love your cloth figures. I hope someday one will find a home with me, I know they resound will so many and are usually sold when I see them. I will keep trying, In the meantime thank you once again for you very creative and inspiring paper dolls. Mary Carroll
Hi Mary, thank you! I’ll be listing more cloth dolls on Etsy on Easter Sunday, so hopefully you’ll manage to get one you like then. Thanks for all of your lovely words about my work. 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing,these are great patterns!!
Thanks for freebie dolls…
You’re welcome! Enjoy 🙂
I have become addicted to the style of your work & LOVE these generous paper dolls you’ve given us. Just made mine today & Love, love, LoVe her!!! I make paper dolls too that I sell on etsy, mine are digital & I adore the process of taking old black & white images & tinting them in photoshop. Thank you so much my talented friend, now I just need to buy one of your dolls…well at least 2 of your dolls, a fairy & a bunny! Smiles…
Thanks Susie, PLEASE send me photos of the paper dolls and post a link to your work, I’d love to see them. My email is email@example.com 🙂
YOUR WORK IS LOVELY! THANK YOU FOR SHARING.
You’re welcome 🙂
So lovely… thank you!
You’re welcome Mags 🙂
just discovered this blog and fell in love with your work!
wow, this looks amazing!
Thank you !
Thank you for sharing, love the dolls, wish you every success in life
She is beautiful, I love her.
Thank you ♥
Bravissima….sono stupende, espressive….enigmatiche…Proveró a realizzarle per giocarci..!!!
Thank you so much for the paper doll pdf. I love it.