Used initially to promote fashions in women’s magazines around the turn of the 20th century, paper dolls have evolved into both children’s toys and popular crafts.
These ribbon doll craft kits were very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. The kit itself consisted of a cardstock paper doll and instructions on how to cut and apply the ribbons. The ribbons, flowers and lace were not included, which made each craft entirely unique, and gave the crafter a good opportunity to use up her scraps of ribbon and fabric. Of course, these masterpieces were framed in lovely art deco metal frames popular of that time period.
I just love the intricacy of these flowers-and the attention to detail is just lovely! See how the sleeve of her gown is even trimmed?
Such a classic craft deserves to come back into your crafting! Maybe not quite as elaborate, but just as pretty! Using the Mother paper doll from the Family Fun paper kit, I put together an all-purpose “Happy Day” pocket-simply add a greeting tag, or gift card to celebrate a birthday, bridal shower or congratulations. The green dress from the paper kit coordinates beautifully with the papers from the Garden Collection in the store.
An olive green tulle “stole”, vintage forget me not and a strand of pearls make this paper doll extra glamorous!
I think I must use these vintage tickets on EVERYTHING, but I just love them! And, look how perfectly its framed in the Making Memories glittered label holder.
A pocket like this would even be perfect decorating the top of a gift box!
So, be sure to pull out those paper dolls, and when you do craft with them, add some extra embellishments-after all, crafters have been doing it for almost 100 years!