Easy, Homemade Paper Doll Family

Flat people: make a quick and easy homemade paper doll family from a cereal box and cardboard roll.


flat people - homemade paper doll family out of cardboard and a toilet roll tube

Remember the simple joy of playing with paper dolls when you were a child?  Well, you can provide your hooligans with a set of their own, by making a set of flat people with a few simple household items.

To make your paper doll family, you’ll need:

supplies for making paper doll family

  • Thin cardboard or sturdy card stock
  • a couple of toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • fine point marker
  • scissors

I used a light weight cardboard box for my flat people, and one paper towel roll was enough for me to make the bases for all of the dolls that I made on this day.

Cut a hmmmm….what shape is that?  I’m not sure, but see the shape in the next photo?  Cut out one of first out of a scrap piece of cardboard or paper, to serve as a template for your people.IMG_6259

Now cut out as many pieces as you will need for your family of flat people.  I cut some of my pieces shorter than the others.  Those will become the baby and the pets.

Now draw your family members on those pieces.  They don’t have to be fancy.  Simple is best in my books.  Add in a few small animals for fun.

To make the base for each flat person, slice a piece off your cardboard tube, and make two cuts opposite each other on the top side of the base.toilet roll base for flat people

Now, slip your paper doll into those cuts. IMG_6269

Awwww.  How cute are then?  And how easy was that?mom, dad and dog flat people

You can leave your flat people as is, or have your child paint or colour them.

Here’s a set that we coloured a few years ago.218014_10150166001067390_683592389_6634241_135564_n

So far I’ve left this year’s set as is, but on a rainy day, when we’re looking for something to do, I’ll have the hooligans jazz ’em up.

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    • happyhooligans says

      No, I’m sorry, Kathleen, there isn’t. You just have to wing it. A fine tipped pen and a simple drawing – nothing fancy.

  1. Lisa says

    It would be really great if you would add a link to print the dolls. Looks really simple, but I love yours and would really appreciate it if you would provide them for us.

    • happyhooligans says

      I am really going to have to learn a thing or two about making printables. I’ve never made one, and I don’t have a clue as to how it’s done!

  2. Birgit says

    Thanks for the idea. My 3-year-old grandson just drew a fairy and cut it out and I was having trouble working out how to stand it up. I rolled it around the outside of a toilet roll and he was disappointed that his fairy was not flat – so you have given me the solution. Thanks.

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