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Homemade Costume Week: Paper Doll

27 September 2010 12,641 views 9 Comments

by heather

paper doll costume

I recently made a few no-sew costumes for Kaboose.com, so I wanted to show them off to you. I'll post one a day for the next several days: Homemade Costume Week. These costumes are simple, no-sew, and frugal, of course! My favorite idea was this one: a Paper Doll costume. I loved playing with paper dolls as a kid, and so the idea of dressing up like a paper doll made me smile. The best part? It's easy to make, even if you don't think you can draw.  Oh, and it's super cheap, too! [how to make a paper doll costume]

Another thing I love about this costume is that it turned out just like the sketch I drew when I had the idea. I love it when everything works out just like I imagined!

Project Estimate:

  • 1 or 2 sheets of white poster board, $1 ($.50 each at DT)
  • Clean clothes to trace, on hand
  • Paint and paintbrushes, on hand
  • 1/4" elastic, $1 or so
  • Stapler and staples
  • Headband (optional), on hand or $1

Total: $2 and up

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  • Timmi said:

    Love it! It’s supposed to be a kid’s costume, but I can absolutely see my quirky-somewhat-crazy 18 year old daughter having fun with this!

  • Carrie said:

    That is sooooo cute! And a very creative daughter too! thanks for sharing this paper craft with us.

  • Zakkalife said:

    Heather, that’s so clever and cute!

  • Shea said:

    The Paper Doll costume is brilliant. What a fantastic Idea. I might make one for myself! :)

  • Michelle L. said:

    I love this so much!

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  • Stacie said:

    This is sooo CUTE!! I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing.
    BTW…I featured it here:


    Thanks again! :)

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