When I was a little girl I adored playing with paper dolls. I had a shoe box full of vintage paper dolls that I had painstaking cut out of a book my grandmother purchased for me and I loved them. I gave them names, we had parties, and I wonder if it isn’t part of the reason I am so enamored of vintage clothing. A few months ago Dover Publishing requested a side bar ad to help promote their paper doll collections and of course I was thrilled. You probably have noticed their ad and a few times I have written about them in my Dear Diary Friday posts. But I also wanted to share an idea I had on how to use the paper dolls to decorate your home. So I made this lovely paper doll garland and thought I would share it with you.
When Dover purchased the side bar ad they also sent over a few free paper doll books including the Art Deco Fashions, which is what I used to create this garland.
The process really couldn’t be simpler. All I did was pick my favorite dresses and carefully cut them out with my scissors. I decided to keep the dolls headless, which at first I thought might look kinda morbid, but once they are all strung up, it ended up being quite elegant and you don’t even notice they have no heads!
At the last minute I also decided to cut out the many different gorgeous illustrations of hats and weave them in between the full outfits. This helped break up the line and gave it a little more dimension. Then I used a tiny hole punch to create two holes for the string to go through, and voila! A vintage paper doll garland!
I am loving how it looks draped on my mantle, and I get quite a few people asking me about it when they come to visit. I like the colorful quirkiness it adds, and I especially adore the shout-out to my passion for vintage fashion and for paper dolls. I can’t wait for Ella to get old enough to start playing with them so I can pass down my beloved hobby.