We’re rounding out our handmade holiday gifts week with a couple of great posts. Up first? An amazing set of holiday magnetic paper dolls created by Samantha Taylor.
This year we have lots of kids in our neighborhood, so I got to thinking about fun handmade Christmas gifts for kids (whether it’s neighbor kids, cousins, friends’ kids, or the like). I decided to use the beautiful patterned paper from Pebbles with the 5” Xyron Creative Station to make Magnetic Paper Dolls.
I used my Silhouette to cut out a paper doll and clothes. If you don’t have a Silhouette you print paper doll templates directly onto patterned paper and cut them out that way. It was so much fun to choose different colors and patterns from the Pebbles paper collections to turn into clothes. If you’d rather cater this project to the boys in your life, you could make paper super heroes.
Once the pieces were cut out, ran them through the Xyron Creative station with the laminate/magnet cartridge in. This step not only adds a magnet to the back of the paper doll pieces, but adds laminate to the top, protecting the paper from the abuse of play. If the pieces get sticky or dirty, you can just wipe them off!
After you run your pieces through the Xyron, you will have to cut each piece out from the magnet/laminate sheet (I was able to cut everything out by hand for this set while sitting and watching 1 episode of Grays Anatomy, so it doesn’t take very much time).
Once they pieces are cut out, they’re ready to be played with on a metal cookie sheet. I picked up a brand new one for $3.
To keep track of pieces that aren’t being played with (the sheet can be a bit crowded if you try to fit all of the clothes on it at once), I also made a large envelope from Pebbles Basics paper.
I can’t wait to give this gift away!
Pebbles Basics Paper Pad
Pebbles Front Porch Book Club
Pebbles Front Porch Lazy
Pebbles Front Porch Barefoot
Pebbles Front Porch Snuggle
Pebbles Front Porch Knock Knock
Pebbles From Me to You Written
American Crafts Card Stock Neutrals Pack
American Crafts Pow! Paper Silver
Xyron 5” Creative Station
Xyron 5” Laminate/Magnet Cartridge