The children have had a lot of fun with the simple paper dolls. We made dolls from a template here and created our own here. This time, we’ve made paper dolls made from real life photographs. Above is our family, in photo doll form. The dolls aren’t strictly in proportion: My husband is much taller than me (30 cm in fact) and there’s no way my eldest daughter is almost as tall as me…I think.
It’s somewhat disturbing to see yourself in paper doll form but a whole lot of fun.
How to Make Paper Photo Dolls
Materials:A4 Photo Paper, Camera, Printer, Laminator (optional)
1. Take Photos
Tips for taking photos:
1. Ensure the subject’s arms are either out from the body (dad pic), next to or in front of body (mum pic), behind the body (no.1 daughter picture) or in a clear pose (last three kids). This will make it easier when it comes time to cut them out.
2. Hold the camera directly at the person, rather than looking down at the subject from above. This way the proportions of the body stay true.
2. Crop photos
Using your favourite photo editor, crop the photos close around the body.
3. Insert into Publisher or Word
Insert the cropped pictures into Microsoft Pubisher (or Word) and resized them to fit nicely on an A4 page. Then print onto A4 photo paper.
4. Laminate (optional)
For extra strength, laminate the photos.
5. Cut photos
Cut photo dolls using scissors and a stanley or craft knife (on a board) for the tricky sections.
Now, I’m trying to decide which of these pictures is more disturbing. My son holding his father or me and my photo doll. I’m going with me and my photo doll. Wierd. But then weird is always better than boring — nu?