By a fluke my daughter has discovered the joy of paper dolls.
I didn’t have paper dolls when I was a little girl so it didn’t dawn on me that she may enjoy such a simple old fashioned past time.
A few months ago a family member presented my daughter with an out of print collection of American Girl Paper Dolls. I thought she would put them down and ignore them. Especially since you have to cut them out instead of punch them out. But one quiet evening she hunkered down near her father as he was reading the paper and proceeded to painstakingly cut out the dolls, clothes, and accouterments.
She did a really good job cutting them out. Probably better than I would have. And then she proceeded to have such fun with them. She’s been carting them about. Taking them when we go visiting and really just dismissing her usual doll play for them. I think part of the fun come from cutting them out. And yes dressing them is a bit of fun too.
One day I was browsing, for something else entirely, on the internet and stumbled upon a treasure trove of paper dolls. These are out of print and some kind soul, Teri Petti to be exact, has painstakingly (there’s that word again) offered up these out of print gems to partake of.
My daughter is cutting them out and playing as fast as I can print them. Her favorites are the Ginghams Paper Dolls. These are just so cute! And the little stories that go along so sweet!
So if you’re in the market for something old fashioned that your little girl will love and that won’t cost you much I think Paper Dolls are just the thing.
Here’s where you can find some Printable Paper Dolls Online
The Graphics Fairy : I love the Graphics Fairy. She is generous with her vintage images. She’s got some great Paper Dolls I haven’t seen around before. You have to be a little creative with these and fill in the bodies with fabric and tissue paper scraps you have lying around. Play around and have fun!
Karen’s Whimsy: Karen’s Whimsy is another great site for vintage images. This cute vintage paper doll includes a front and a back along with several hats and outfits.
Printable Paper Doll Land : The motherload of paper dolls. Hats off to Teri Petti and thank you so much for sharing your collection. Teri is a collector and you’ll find out of print copies of The Ginghams, Betsy McCall, Strawberry Shortcake, Erin Fairechild, That Girl, Little Kiddles, and more. Woowee!
More Resources for Paper Dolls
Non-Paper Dolls (so cute)