How to Make a Paper Doll Stand

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Paper dolls depend on a small stand connected to their base to support them during playtime. Most store-bought or online paper doll templates come with a stand, but keeping track of a tiny piece of paper can be difficult for even the most vigilant of parents. If your child has lost her paper doll stand, you can quickly create a replacement stand using some cardstock and a pair of scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Measure the base of your paper doll. When you punch out your paper doll, it should have a straight, solid base between its feet. If you made your own paper dolls and removed the paper between the feet, measure from foot to foot.

  • Cut a piece of cardstock 1/2-inch tall and twice the width of the paper doll's base.

  • Fold the cardstock strip in half and make a sharp crease.

  • Cut a slit halfway through the cardstock 1/4 inch from the open end. Be sure to leave the cardstock folded for this step. This will create two evenly spaced slits. Open the cardstock.

  • Cut small slits in the base of the paper doll if they do not already exist. Cut the slits at least 1/4 inch from the outside of the base, so the paper doll will be stable. If the paper doll has independent feet, cut the slits in the feet.

  • Connect the card stock stand to the paper doll by sliding the slits together. Orient the stand behind the paper doll.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cardstock is a heavier paper product that is pliable enough to fold, but stiff enough to hold its shape. If you don't have cardstock, substitute a 1-inch-tall piece of regular paper in Step 3 and fold in half horizontally before continuing.
  • Glue flimsy paper dolls to cardstock and cut them out to make them stiffer.

References

  • Photo Credit Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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