Day #271 – Personalized Magnetic Paper Dolls of Your Child

Magnet dolls are one of my girls’ favorite toys. They love interchanging all of the outfits and can be occupied for quite some time doing it. Another one of their favorite things is to change  their own clothes. I swear, they are constantly switching outfits. That wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact they haven’t quite mastered putting clothes away. So, at the end of the day, their room always looks like every single clothing item they own is thrown on the floor. I decided I wanted to have a limit to how many outfits they could take out in a day. My mommy solution was to make the girls into their own magnet dolls. The concept is that every time they change their clothes, they put one article of clothing on their doll. Once the doll has 3 items of clothing, they are done changing outfits for the day. 

Materials Needed: Magnet Paper, Markers, Mod Podge, Paint Brush or Sponge, Plain Paper, Pencil and a Picture of Your Kids Printed onto Paper.

The first thing I did was take a picture of the girls in their bathing suits posed like a paper doll. Try and take it straight on at their level. Also, try not to get heavy shadows. 

I cut a rough area around the girls so I could know how much magnet paper to cut. I then cut off the magnet paper big enough to house the picture. 

The girls set to work Mod Podging the images to the magnet paper. After the Mod Podge was completely dry, I trimmed off the excess magnet paper fairly close to their bodies. I wrote an article with tips on using Mod Podge that I hope you will check out to help you with this project. 

To make the clothes, I first took plain paper and held it over their picture so I could trace custom sized clothes for their bodies. 

I used these traced images as a stencil. I traced them onto the magnet paper and cut them all out. The clothes you see on the paper plate were the final product on magnet paper before coloring began.

Next, it was time for the girls to get to work coloring the garments with markers. 

Is this the solution I’ve been looking for in our clothes situations around here? Maybe…just maybe. 

If you want to see another fun craft we did with pictures of our kids, I’d love you to see how we made our kids into interchangeable blocks.

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