Do It Yourself Christmas: Magnetic Paper Dolls


This previously posted in June but I thought it would be a great fit during the Christmas season. My daughter still plays with her dolls 6 months later.

As a little girl, I loved paper dolls and have always wanted me daughter to get to play with them but they are not as easy to find nor as cute as they once were.  Just Tuesday, I found One Pearl’s tutorial on magnetic paper dolls and decided that Gracie needed some.   She is too little for the tabs so I thought this would be more fun for her.

I printed the Betsy McCall dolls found here onto cardstock and cut them out as close as I could.  I did cut around the doll’s legs because I knew I would get them better once they were on the magnets.

I then put each piece on the Adhesive Magnet sheets that my sister picked up for me at Michael’s craft store.   This roll costs about $9.99 but it goes a long way!  I haven’t even close to used it up.

After cutting out my pieces from the magnet sheets, we were ready to play.  We put them on the fridge, cookie sheets, and her hair chair.

I also bought a gift box tin from Michael’s which the dolls can be stored in and can be used to play with them on there also since they are magnetic and stick right to the box.

This made for a fun rainy day craft for us and will also work as a toy that she can play with when she needs to be quiet like the doctor’s office, church, or other places.

And if one breaks, it will be super inexpensive for me to replace it.

Do you have a great Do It Yourself Christmas present idea?  I would love to feature it – you would also receive link backs to your site if you are a blogger.

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9 Responses to “Do It Yourself Christmas: Magnetic Paper Dolls”

  1. 1

    Absolutely fantastic idea! I love that since they are magnetic that they stick to the tin! Great for loss prevention! :-)

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    Cherith says:

    I too enjoyed playing with paper dolls but agree this is a much easier and longer-lasting method! Great idea Rachael! :D

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    Ashley Turner says:

    These are so adorable!!!

  4. 4
    Tina says:

    This is such a COOL idea!! I need to get a color cartridge for my printer and try this!

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    Sharon says:

    This is a wonderful idea, and one I haven’t seen before. I remember looking for paper dolls for my niece a few years ago and having a hard time finding any that I liked. Now I know I can make them myself! Thanks for sharing.

  6. 6
    Kim M says:

    This brings back memories. This would be fun to share with my granddaughters.

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    Benny says:

    I think I’m going to set this up and do this with my niece!

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    Aline says:

    This is such a good idea. I’m going to make a set for my daughter.

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    Elena says:

    This is so cute! I used to love paper dolls when I was a child.

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