We often spend the holidays with my in-laws who live
about 4 hours away. The long drive is challenging for the kids
who, when not napping in their car seats, need to be
constantly entertained. Just before the 4th of July weekend,
I became obsessed with the crazy idea of making magnetic paper dolls.
I'd read about making fridge magnets from full-length photos
of family members (which I still plan to do someday)
from a magazine and then some weeks ago I came upon
a charming magnetic paper doll project here.
So the wheels in my head started turning - no, churning,
and two days (I did say it was crazy) before our trip,
I started this project. Pure adrenaline kept me going
because what started off as something simple became
more complicated as I added more and more details just for the fun of it.
So here they are: magnetic paper dolls of the kids themselves!
For those who are interested in doing this project themselves, here's what I did:
- One roll (1'x2') adhesive magnetic sheet (from craft store)
- Two 8"x'11" sheets of self-adhesive laminating paper (from office supply store)
- Two magnetic dry-erase boards
I took pictures of the girls in their swimsuits and printed them out on regular printer paper. The images were roughly 7-8" tall.
I laminated the images (top surface) with the laminating paper and stuck these (bottom surface) to the magnetic sheet, then cut along the outlines of the images to make the magnetic dolls.
To make clothes, I placed the magnetic doll face down on the back of colored paper (or fabric) and traced the outline of the arms, shoulders, torso, legs etc. as a guide for each item of clothing, trying it on the doll and making adjustments to get it to fit right. Then I laminated each piece and stuck it to the magnet sheet before cutting it out.
especially in a moving vehicle, I made a bag with top zippers for each set.
When the doll sets were complete, I confess that I spent some time
playing with them myself, marveling at how much easier it was
to dress the kids this way than with real clothes on real bodies
that refuse to cooperate!
Edited to add: Here is a much later post about a new set of
magnetic dolls made for the girls' cousins.