12.29.2009

Tutorial: Magnetic Paper Dolls



What you’ll need: Pages of Betsey McCall paper dolls printed from here (I used a cotton paper that is slightly heavier than normal printer paper, but anything will do); adhesive magnet sheet(s) (I used one 1’x2’ sheet (purchased at Michael's), and was able to make over 50 pieces for my set); a small pair of crafting scissors; a small metal box (these dolls fit perfectly inside the boxes sold at Michael's that are intended to hold gift cards).

Step 1: Cut a rectangle around your doll (or outfit, or accessory, or whatever), cutting as close to the edge of the doll as possible without cutting into it (remember that you don’t need the tabs, so feel free to cut those off).

Step 2: Cut a rectangle of magnet the same size as the rectangle you’ve just cut around your doll (a simple way to measure – hold your doll rectangle up against the magnet sheet and cut around it).

Step 3: Peel the backing off of the adhesive magnet sheet and carefully press the doll onto the magnet. Work from one edge to avoid wrinkles.

Step 4: Cutting both the magnet and the paper together, trim the excess from around your doll. I found that these look best if you leave a small cushion of white around each piece (don’t worry about the lines from the tabs showing, they really aren’t noticeable).

Step 5: Repeat! Follow these four steps for all of the pieces you’d like to include in your dress-up doll set.

Step 6: Place your dolls and their possessions into a metal tin. For extra cuteness points, make a sweet label for the front:


If you like my label, you can find it here! Download the file at full size through the “All Sizes” tab. To fit the tins sold at Michaels, print the label at 2.75 x 4.25” onto adhesive-backed paper. Cut out and stick the label to the front of the tin. Adorable!



Enjoy your dolls!

10 comments:

Carrie said...

thank you so much I just could not quit thinking about these cuties I am make this for sure!

sassypackrat said...

This is adorable! My mother always talks about going to her Granny's house and cutting out Betsey McCall paper dolls. This would be a perfect gift for her, she'd really enjoy having these on her fridge. I'll be making these soon for her birthday. Thanks so much for the idea!

HDMac said...

I love this! I used to cut out the McCalls paper dolls when I was young! I am going to have to make some for my grandchildren! Thank you so much!!!!! I was recently talking about the McCalls paper dolls with my daughter in law! Wow....

ElegantSnobbery said...

So cute!!

Olive Knitting said...

These are awesome!!! I can't wait to make some for my fridge.

Urban Woodswalker said...

I wonder though...my niece is 8...I think half the fun of paper dolls is cutting them out....But cutting them out with the magnet sheet might be way too difficult for her?

What do you think? She is a really great cutter with scissors.

Christine @Money Funk said...

I absolutely love this! I think I will craft a few of them for my daughter and her friends. ;)

The Ninja Knitter said...

What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for posting the tutorial, I've bookmarked it for future use as next year's Christmas gifts for the wee girls in my family. (Maybe even the big girls too.)

mybricole said...

love, love, love these!
Popped into Michael's today to pick up the tins and they are on sale!

craftyminx said...

Eeek! I'm so glad I saw this on the craft website! We're having christmas with my fiance's family in two weeks and these will make perfect gifts for his neices. They always love playing with my hello kitty magnetic paper doll when they are at our house. Thank you for sharing your tutorial!