Magnetic Paper Dolls

What little girl doesn’t love paper dolls?  I wanted to create the perfect handmade gift for a little 3 year old girl and was inspired by a tutorial for magnetic paper dolls on One Pearl Button.  I sifted through the recommended Betsy McCall paper dolls and selected my favorites.  I preferred the versions from the early 50′s.

Paper Dolls Gift Tin Instead of adhesive magnetic sheets recommended in the tutorial I opted for printable magnetic sheets.  Unfortunately my printer could not handle the thickness and I ended up printing the dolls on other paper and then gluing them to the magnet sheets.  There is a lot of wasted real estate on the printable pages.  To conserve my magnet paper I rough cut around the individual dolls on the print outs and then glued them on the magnet sheets.  I was able to fit about 3 sheets of dolls onto one magnet sheet.  It was a blessing in disguise that I could not print directly on the magnet sheets.

Magenetic Paper Dolls Toy I chose a larger round tin to store the paper dolls.  I thought the larger tin would have more play space on the lid.  I decorated the lid and glued one of the dolls directly onto the lid. Love the button embellishments made with the Martha Stewart button punch.  Before wrapping up the gift I chose a magnetic outfit for the doll on the lid to wear. I did not glue anything on the inside of the lid, but instead used the space to dress up a few of the magnetic dolls to show how the lid could be used as a play space for the magnets.  In the body of the tin I neatly stacked extra dolls and all the clothes and accessories.

These magnetic paper dolls make a great portable toy.  They also work well on the fridge to keep little ones busy while your cooking.  Sometimes that is still too close to the action, so a cookie sheet on the table works too!

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5 Responses to Magnetic Paper Dolls

  1. ADORABLE! so smart and simple!!!

    love it!

  2. How lovely: such a brilliant idea that my daughter will adore!

  3. Florence says:

    hi my names Florence and i think this is a great idea I’m ten and i make my own paper dolls all of the time! With bags and clothes and jewellery but i love this as a car trip journey toy i would definately buy this!
    thankyou

  4. Lindsey says:

    Have you had any problem with the magnets curling or not sticking well? I’ve seen a few people mention problems with the printable magnetic sheets and am trying to find a brand that works well!

    • Jackie says:

      Lindsey, I gave this set as a gift. We did create others for the boys. The magnet paper is pretty thin, so it is prone to curling and the magnet is not very strong. It was only a problem when layering a lot of magnets on top of each other, the ones on top did not have much sticking power, because they were;t in contact with the metal. My boys loved playing with them on cookie sheets.

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