Paper Doll

by Lydia Fiedler

Create a doll out of folded paper for a bookmark or embellishment.


  • Origami paper - 5 1/8" x 1 1/2"
  • Origami paper - 6 1/4" x 5/8"
  • Origami paper - 1 3/8" x 5/8"
  • Cardstock for face (Blushing Bride used here)
  • Black crepe paper, for hair
  • Strong adhesive (Sticky Strip™ used here)
  • Scoring tool, (Scor-Buddy™ used here)
  • Scissors
  • 1/2" circle punch
  • Bobby pin
  • Embroidery thread or thin cord
  • Wire cutters
  • Bone folder


  1. Step 1

    Score the 5 1/8" x 1 1/2" piece of origami paper at 1/2" on each of the long sides, and at 1/4" on one of the short sides with a Scor-Buddy or other scoring tool.

  2. Step 2

    Fold the 6 1/4" piece of origami paper in half longways, creasing with a bone folder.

  3. Step 3

    Punch 4 circles out of cardstock with a 1/2" circle punch. Adhere two circles together with your normal adhesive, and do the same with the remaining two. Put a small piece of Sticky Strip on each of these thick circles.

  4. Step 4

    Cut the bobby pin in half with wire cutters, keeping the flat side, and snip off the rounded end of this piece, so that your remaining piece is perfectly flat. Remove the backing of the Sticky Strip and adhere the metal stick to one of the stacked circles.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere your remaining circle stack on top, sandwiching the bobby pin in between.

  6. Step 6

    Crease along the score lines of your large piece of origami paper.

  7. Step 7

    Fold the paper down at the top 1/4" score line, and then fold the top right corner down at an angle, leaving space in the center for the doll's neck to go in.

  8. Step 8

    Fold the left corner over the right. Don't worry if they are not completely symmetrical.

  9. Step 9

    Place a small piece of Sticky Strip down the center of the robe.

  10. Step 10

    Securing the doll's head and neck to the robe on the Sticky Strip, fold down the right corner until it sticks to the adhesive.

  11. Step 11

    Fold the right side of the robe along the score line on the right side.

  12. Step 12

    Place a piece of Sticky Strip on the left side of the robe below the scored corner fold, then fold the corner down, and fold the left side of the robe closed over the right.

  13. Step 13

    Tie a knot in the folded strip of origami paper, in the center of the strip. It's easiest if you start by holding the paper in a ribbon shape. Work with the knot as you tie it to make sure it stays as close to the center of the strip as possible.

  14. Step 14

    When the knot is complete, it should form an angle, as shown.

  15. Step 15

    Take the left side of the sash and fold it back towards the right side as shown. It should be angled down slightly from the knot.

  16. Step 16

    Fold the end back out to the left side, at about a 45 degree angle from the first fold.

  17. Step 17

    Wrap the 1 3/8" x 5/8" piece of origami paper around the doll, using your regular adhesive.

  18. Step 18

    With the folded side shown in Step 16 face up, apply Sticky Strip to the folded sash.

  19. Adhere the sash to the back of the doll so that from the front, it looks like this.

  20. Step 19

    Put a small amount of your normal adhesive on the back of the doll's head. Place a 2" piece of black crepe paper behind the doll's head, and fold in the ends of each side at an angle.

  21. Step 20

    Continue rolling the ends in until the crepe paper is snug around her head, and the bottom of her hair is in a shape that you like.

  22. Step 21

    Place a small amount of your regular adhesive on the top of her face, and adhere a narrower strip of crepe paper to the doll's face for bangs.

    Note - do not apply an inline adhesive directly to the crepe paper - it will tear.

  23. Step 22

    Holding the crepe paper around her face, twist the top part tightly into a top knot, keeping the twist close to the top of her head.

  24. Step 23

    Tie a piece of thread or thin cord around the top knot just above her head, and trim the ends.

  25. Step 24

    Trim off the excess, so that her top knot ends just above the cord.

  26. Step 25

    The paper doll is complete, and is flat enough to make a cute bookmark.

  27. This is how the doll would look as an embellishment on a card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Paper Doll. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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scraplijn  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 6:18 AM
I love dolls of any type! This is absolutely the cutest...thanks for the inspiration and for sharing a new technique. I can't wait to some origami paper!
Maripat  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 6:44 AM
I'm going to try this technique. I have lots of origami paper. TFS.
Cute doll & great instructions.
connie  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 7:21 AM
This is just adorable. I can't wait to try it. TFS!
Magda  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 7:22 AM
This is just darling - thank you for the wonderful tutorial!!
StarLitStudio  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 7:52 AM
Beautiful, These will make lovely gifts or cards for anytime.
Thank you so much!!!
Tinalouise  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 8:32 AM
She is adorable!! I can't wait to try one of these. Thanks for the tutorial.
Joanne (sleepyinseattle)  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 9:17 AM
Well - we have a whole drawer full of washi and chiyogami papers, but no black crepe paper. No any crepe paper. I'll have to get some, I definitely want to make one of these for my sister.
Sabrina  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 9:59 AM
Beautiful, beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Julie Gilbert  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 11:43 AM
Thank you for sharing this project. Fabulous tutorial. She's so cute! All I need to buy is a bobbypin!
Molly Smith  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM
What a great little bookmark/doll. I love this and you did a fabulous job on the tutorial. Thanks!
Mary R. (#1volunteer)  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 2:58 PM
Very cute, good tutorial. I have made origami Kimono(s) using a Japanese origami book. Quite different from this. This style of Kimono without the head are often used to insert at the neck opening and keep a wooden pick especially designed for Japanese sweets for Traditional Tea Ceremonies.

My only comments are concerning her "sash" which is actually called an Obi. The Kimono is always folded left over right. The reverse of Western culture. Right over left is only done for funerals.
Jannie  |  Wed Nov 10, 2010 at 7:15 PM
Lovely. Thanks for sharing.
Sudha  |  Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial/video today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

Nancy Ward
Nancy Ward  |  Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 8:25 AM

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