I loved paper dolls when I was a kid. I know it’s rooted in my obsession with paper, so it’s not really a surprise that any craft that involves cutting, folding and gluing paper is going to rock my paper socks.
Back in the day, paper dolls were hard to come by. When you could find them, they were printed and usually produced so you could punch them out–no cutting involved. You got cutesie girl dolls with sailor outfits and tiny black schnauzers to sit by their side. I had loads of fun with them when I was a kid but hadn’t thought of them until a couple of years ago when my sister-in-law sent me a link to The Toymaker. I had the most fun printing things out and making them for Eli. He played with his sunbox until it fell apart.
So it was a big surprise to me this week when I was browsing my seemingly 948 craft blogs that I found out paper dolls have gone all hard core. Boxpunx was a revelation. From there I got to Papercraft X. Toypaper has a really lovely message. Eli wanted to know why Derek the toast ninja was so mad. I told him that that was a ninja’s job. We also got a kick out of looking at Monkey Design USA and are sad that there’s no retailer near us or a way to download their designs.
All these are fun to browse through with your kid and to make if you have the desire. Who knows? You might just spark a love of paper that lasts a lifetime.