Simple Christmas Gift
Do you remember playing with paper dolls? My mom would cut them out for me when I was little and I could play with them for hours. My niece is just starting to get into dolls and loves to carry a purse with her where ever she goes. So, when I saw the cute little Sizzix Thinlits Die Set – Party Dress, Lanterns, and Whimsy and Delight, I knew I wanted to make a paper doll play set for my niece for Christmas. I asked my friend Sunny from Sunny by Design if she would make a free printable paper doll for me to fit in the dresses from Sizzix, and she was gracious enough to make two! I am sure that my niece will love her set, and I love that it was a simple Christmas gift!
Since my niece isn’t yet 3, I wanted to make her “paper” dolls a little more durable than a traditional paper doll would be, plus, I wanted her to be able to take them with her in a little purse. I had a leftover metal lunch box from one of my son’s birthday parties, so I decided to make the dolls with printable magnetic sheets. I embellished the cut outs with vinyl and a sharpie. I decided not to make all the accessories for the dolls at one time, so I could surprise her with more later.
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Standard Magnetic Platform
Printable Magnetic Sheets
Metal Lunch Box or Cookie Sheet
Print the paper dolls on a magnetic sheet, and cut the dolls out. I used scissor and my PenBlade. I used an old cutting board to cut on, I cannot find my self healing cutting pad…I put it someplace safe, and I have no idea where that safe place is anymore…tell me I am not the only one that does that!
Decide what accessories you want your doll to have, and cut them out of magnetic paper (I used the scraps from the dolls) using your Sizzix. Sizzix Sandwich; Magnetic Platform, cutting pad, magnetic sheet, Thinlit, cutting pad. If you want to use vinyl to embellish, cover the magnetic sheet with vinyl before you cut it.
I used the Thinlit as a stencil to decorate the cake. I love that my niece will be able to color her accessories on her own too!
Put the doll and accessories in a metal lunch box or even on a clean cookie sheet and you are done! Or you can embellish the cookie sheet or lunch box with your little one’s name or initial!
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