Friday, December 30, 2011

Magnetic "Paper" Dolls

One day while surfing the net, I discovered these adorable vintage Betsy McCall paper dolls.  


I knew I just had to do something with them!  I decided they would be a fun thing for my granddaughter.  So, I downloaded the pdf files and printed them on ink jet printable magnetic sheets.  To be more efficient with the magnetic paper, I cut and pasted only the outfits I wanted so that I could fit more on a page.  I also resized them to the size I wanted.  Before cutting out the individual pieces, I covered each printed page, front only, with a clear non-heat laminating sheet.  You could also use clear contact paper...I just happened to have picked up a whole packet of laminating sheets at a thrift store for a couple of bucks...second chances, you know!  Anyway, the next step is to relax and put on a good movie while you tediously cut out all the dolls and outfits.  I had the perfect sized tin to store all the pieces in.  I just mod podged the front, back, and inside with some green scrapbook paper since green is my granddaughter's favorite color.  Now she has a fun, quiet activity that is compact and travels well.  Everything stores in the tin, and since it's metal, the dolls and clothes stick right to it!







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16 comments:

  1. Those are super cute, Sue. I imagine Shailey will have fun playing with her new "paper" dolls on the long car ride back home!

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  2. This reminds me of a set of magnetic paper dolls I had as a kid! Many, many, many, many years ago!! A labor of love but a sweet gift for the both of you to share!!

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  3. I loved playing with paper dolls when I was a kid! I love these! Fantastic job! I'm your newest follower. ~ Barbara

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  4. When I was a little girl...I so loved playing with paper dolls and my original Barbie and baby dolls...thanks for sharing such good memories for me...Mel's Designs..'n Harmony

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  5. Thanks for coming to the party! Happy crafting in 2012!
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  6. Happy New Year. I hope yours is filled with love, joy, peace and creativity!

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  7. so cute, my little girl would love these, she is very much into paper dolls right now!

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  8. loved paper dolls when I was a kid, this would be nice to have for my grand kids. thanks for sharing.

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  9. these are adorable!!
    i'm not sure who would play with them more...me or my daughter. ;)

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  10. very cute- I have a printable and was wanting to do this!

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  11. Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE this.. What a fantastic idea.. I have two little girls that I am sure would enjoy something like this.. Would love for you to share it here http://shoprubyjean.com/2012/01/sew-crafty-tuesday-linky-4-and-giveaway/

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  12. I have seen versions of these for sooo much money. What a great way to get it cheaper and more personalized! So fun!

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  13. Great idea! I'm your newest follower-stop over for a visit!

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  14. Letting you know that this great project was featured on Hating Martha today. Stop over for a button if you like! Great job!

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  15. Fantastic idea and thanks so much for sharing the great link to the pdfs!! I've featured this at the newest Craftastic Link Party. Stop by and grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking:)

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate the feedback and always look forward to reading what you have to say! Susan

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