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Paper Doll Coloring

Male and female paper dolls, colored and dressed on their bases. Colored pencils and other colored clothing options nearby.

The Joy of Paper Dolls

Paper dolls offer endless opportunities for imaginative and enjoyable play. I can’t even begin to count the hours my friends and I spent playing with paper dolls in the neighborhood. While we did have store-bought paper dolls that we cut out and mixed and matched their outfits, it was the ones we made ourselves that truly captivated us. We would cut out people from catalogs, glue them onto cardboard, and then skillfully outline and color them to create fabulous outfits. Oh, and let’s not forget about the tabs we cut out to hold the clothes in place!

Person drawing outfits for paper dolls on white paper with a black Sharpie.

These homemade paper dolls were the source of countless treasured memories. We learned how to make them from scratch, but it would have been so much easier if we had access to Free Printable Paper Dolls and Clothes to Color!

Make Your Own Paper Dolls with Free Patterns

Looking for an activity to keep your grandchildren engaged for a while? Look no further! The Free Printable Paper Dolls and Clothes to Color download provides easy patterns to make this experience enjoyable and effortless. You won’t need to invest much time, and the results will come together quickly.

Person coloring paper dolls with orange colored pencils. A rainbow of colored pencils nearby.

Printable Paper Doll Boy and Girl

To get started, I’ve created a boy and a girl paper doll along with a few outfits for decoration. Simply print out the dolls and let your grandchildren have a blast coloring them. They might even enjoy creating paper doll “twins” that resemble themselves!

To ensure sturdiness, glue the paper dolls onto cardboard and make sure to let them dry completely before cutting them out. Trust me, I learned the hard way that cutting them before they are fully dry leads to easily torn paper. Live and learn, right?

Colored paper dolls on sheet with person about to start gluing on a piece of cardboard.

Printable Paper Doll Clothes

Next, print out the patterns for the paper doll clothing and let your grandchildren unleash their creativity as they decorate them in their own unique style. It’s best to decorate the clothes before cutting them out, by the way.

Personally, I prefer using the Prismacolor Colored Pencils, 72 Pack (but colored markers work just as well). Carefully cut out the clothes, making sure to pay attention to and cut around the tabs!

Place the clothes on the doll’s body and fold the tabs around to the back to ensure they stay in place. If your grandchild finds this process frustrating, you can always opt to cut off the tabs and use a bit of sticky tack to secure the clothes onto the doll. Just a little tip!

Person cutting out male paper doll with red scissors.

Guide to Creating Paper Doll Clothes

If your grandchildren are enjoying this activity, why not encourage them to create their own dolls, just like I used to do back in the day? They can trace their doll onto blank or patterned scrapbooking paper and design their own outfits. And of course, they can always trace the WTN doll and let their imaginations run wild with their own unique creations. It’s all about having fun and embracing their creativity!

Different colored outfits for paper dolls, some cut out and some on sheet. Red scissors nearby.

I’m always amazed by the unique ideas kids come up with—ideas that I would never even think of! My granddaughter once drew a series of flowers that gracefully flowed down the front of a doll’s dress. It had an oriental look and was absolutely beautiful. It made me want to copy the pattern onto a dress for myself!

By the way, did you know that there are companies that allow you to print your own fabric or create custom clothing items with your own designs or artwork? It’s amazing! One day, I’m definitely going to give that a try. But I got a little carried away there, didn’t I?

Close up view of person putting together paper doll base.

Creating Stand-Up Paper Dolls

Included in the download is a stand that allows the paper dolls to stand upright. Simply cut along the two solid lines at the bottom of the paper doll and cut the stand along its two solid lines as well. Bend the stand in half and slide the doll onto it.

I can assure you, once the dolls are standing, they truly come to life during playtime! It’s quite an experience!

Of course, don’t forget to print off a doll for yourself and join in on the design and dress-up fun. Let loose and enjoy some quality time with your grandchildren.

Male and female paper dolls, colored and dressed on their bases. Colored pencils and other colored clothing options nearby.

You never know, you might just discover a future fashion designer in your own home.

If you’re interested in more free printables, be sure to check out:

  • Winter Snowflake Coloring Page
  • Winter Snow Sledding Coloring Page
  • A Winter Season Coloring Page

“Through the Year” Coloring Book for Purchase

If you’re looking for even more coloring fun, consider purchasing the WTN Fun Through the Year Coloring Book, which includes 36 delightful coloring pages for every season and every month. It’s only $1.99, and you can find it by clicking here.

Happy New Year! Enjoy!

If you give this craft a try, I would love to hear all about it! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag any photos with #WelcometoNanas when you share them online.

Supplies for Free Printable Paper Dolls and Clothes to Color

To get started on this creative adventure, here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Download for the paper dolls and clothes template
  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils, 72 Pack or Colored Markers
  • Elmer’s Glue, Clear
  • Lightweight cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Imagination

Remember, the best part of this activity is allowing your grandchildren’s imaginations to soar!