If you are a follower of my blog, you KNOW that I LOVE DISNEY! Did you know that I have always wanted to dress up as Tinkerbell for Halloween? I always thought that it would be a perfect costume for myself back in the high school and college days . . . I was petite like Tinkerbell, had blonde hair like her . . . and yes, I am a little “sassy” like her too!
So when I started this new Paper Doll project I KNEW I needed to make a Tinkerbell costume for my Paper Doll. So here she is . . .
I made her completely from an adhesive backed fabric, so she sticks to the wall (or any other surface) and then can be peeled off and moved around. Also, after Halloween is over, I can put a normal outfit on her or change her hairstyle out. I made SEVERAL others and plan to continue to build her wardrobe
I want to make some for my nieces also. They will have so much fun changing out the hairstyles and clothes!
So let me tell you how I did this. Below is a list of the products you will need. Each one is a clickable link that will take you right to a place you can purchase the product.
adhesive backed fabric
Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge
Peachy Keen Face Stamps
Because I knew I wanted to stamp faces on to the finished Paper Dolls, I started with an Ink Jet Printable adhesive backed fabric. This comes in plain while sheets that you can place in your printer and print any image on. For this project I simply filled the entire sheet with a flesh tone rectangle. You could also use stamping inks to get the entire sheet to a flesh tone.
Now that you have sheet that is fully covered with the flesh tone, place that on a cutting mat and cut it in your Cricut to make the body of the paper doll. I cut mine at 6″, but you can go bigger or smaller depending on what you are making yours for. Now stamp the face on the head with your Peachy Keen stamps.
I found, with some trial and error, that you need to SEAL the paper dolls if you plan to layer clothes on them and want to make sure that the clothing does not leave a sticky residue behind on the doll when you remove them. I know that in every other post I have done about adhesive backed fabric I talk about how it does not leave any sticky residue behind, but in this case it is the INK from my ink jet printer that is “holding on” to that sticky stuff NOT the adhesive backed fabric product. So to solve this I placed the paper dolls down on a sheet of waxed paper and painted a couple of thin layers of Modge Podge over them to seal them.
I did three thin layers, but I think that two might have been enough. NOW I can stick hair and clothes on to these dolls, peel them off to change their look and there is NO STICKY STUFF left behind on the doll from the clothes!
I know that it is still a few weeks before Halloween, but someone on the Cricut message board commented about another one of my projects and it got me thinking . . . I had posted a photo of Mikey from Monsters Inc. that I made out of adhesive backed fabric product and a lady commented that this would be cute to make little elves for Christmas and place them around the house . . . like they are watching your kids. I know that some people do use the Elf on the Shelf to encourage their children to behave around Christmas time. It is amazing how the idea of someone “watching them” to see if they are good or bad can influence some children. Well, that got me thinking . . . what about an elf made from the adhesive backed fabric product that you could move around the house and stick anywhere! Since I already had the paper dolls created, I just needed to make an elf outfit, so I used some red and green to make clothes. . .
Now I have my OWN version of the Elf on the Shelf, and I can change out her hair and clothes. I could even make a little elf skirt for her. And since all of these are repositionable I can peel them off and save them to use again and again!