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Video:How to Create Stands for Paper Dolls

with Bonnie Zaiss

Want to learn how to create stands for paper dolls? This video will show you how to do this craft easily so your paper dolls will stand up.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Create Stands for Paper Dolls

Hi I'm Bonnie Zaiss for About.com. You've made your paper dolls but they haven't come to life quite yet.

Ways to Create Stands for Paper Dolls

Here are a couple of options for paper doll stands. The first one is to draw a stand on the same cardstock paper that you're creating your paper doll on. You'll be creating 2 simple pieces for your stand. Be sure your doll has ½ inch to ¾ inch border below their feet. The horizontal bottom needs to be straight.

Next draw a curve from one side of the doll at about knee height down to the bottom below the doll's foot. Do the same on the other side and be sure the curves are even. At the bottom of the border, cut a slit about 1/2 inch high and about ½ inch in. Do the same for the other side.

Next take a separate piece of cardstock and cut a strip that is 4 to 5 inches long and ¾ inches high. Fold the strip in half. Cut a similar slit on both ends of the strip – ½ inch in from the sides and about ½ inch high. Now interlock the slits from the strip with the slits on the paper doll. And there you have it.

Another Way to Create Stands for Paper Dolls

A simple stand. If you don't like the white material, try a clear plastic cover sheet. Vellum is another option. Go through the same steps – drawing curves that meet a horizontal bottom on both sides of the doll. Cut out the coned shaped stand. Cut small slits at both ends. Cut a narrow strip of plastic, fold it in half and cut 2 slits at the end. Add glue to the back of the paper doll's legs and press firmly on the stand. Let it dry thoroughly then interlock the pieces to create a clear paper doll stand.

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