Magnetic Dress Up Dolls by Alli Whitmore

Magnetic dress up dolls are a perfect way to keep little ones happy at home or on the road.  These sets are so quick and easy to whip up that you’ll want to tuck them into the stockings of every little girl on your gift list!


-Pages of Betsey McCall paper dolls printed from here

-Adhesive magnet sheets

-A small pair of scissors

-A small metal box (these dolls fit perfectly inside the inexpensive tin boxes that are designed to hold gift cards)

Step 1: Cut a rectangle around your doll (or outfit, or accessory), cutting as close to the edge of the doll as possible without cutting into it (remember that you don’t need the tabs, so feel free to cut those off).

Step 2: Cut a rectangle of magnet the same size as the rectangle you’ve just cut around your doll (a simple way to measure – hold your doll rectangle up against the magnet sheet and cut around it).

Step 3: Peel the backing off of the adhesive magnet sheet and carefully press the doll onto the magnet. Work from one edge to avoid wrinkles.

Step 4: Cutting both the magnet and the paper together, trim the excess from around your doll. I found that these look best if you leave a small cushion of white around each piece (don’t worry about the lines from the tabs showing, they really aren’t noticeable).

Step 5: Repeat! Follow these four steps for all of the pieces you’d like to include in your dress-up doll set.

Step 6: Place your dolls and their possessions into a metal tin. For extra cuteness points, make a sweet label for the front.

That’s all there is to it!  Enjoy, and have a happy holiday season!