A Paper Wardrobe

All right, I finally gave in.  I didn’t want to.  I thought this activity would drive me nuts and be quite nightmarish with the hangers and the templates and the paper and the cutting, but I was wrong.  My daughter has been begging me to buy this “fashion template” kit for her since she was 4.  It says age 8!   It had disaster written all over it.  Well, I kept saying no, she kept saying yes to the tune of SAVING the $21 to buy it.  Seriously, she is one determined little girl, and guess what . . .

 We had a BALL!!  This is A telling me “I TOLD YOU SO!!!”

 This is my boy loving it too!

I resisted buying this book because it seemed so manufactured and overpriced.  Couldn’t we have more fun just making clothes up ourselves?  This pre-done template thing didn’t seem to give a lot of creative license.  Well, we had to make the closet, at the very least, because you can’t make all these beautiful clothes without a gorgeous place to put them!  We made a fabulous model while we were at it.  There’s a mini-tutorial for the closet down below.

I have to say, it really was fun.  As prescribed as the templates were, there were so many ways to play with shapes and colors and patterns.  I kind of wanted this shirt for real:

Goes to show that you really shouldn’t judge a thing until you try it.  I guess doing this with six year old Allie is a lot different than doing it when she was four, but still, in terms of entertainment, this surpassed my level of expectation ten-fold.  We spent hours making clothes, hanging them up, gluing them together, trying different combos.  I mean, seriously, I had as much fun as they did.  What toy activity has surprised you recently?

A Paper Wardrobe

Scrapbooking paper
Awl or something to poke the holes with

1. Find an old shoe box.

 2. Cut paper in sizes to line the box.

 3. Glue paper to the box.

 4. Poke a hole for the closet rod (yarn) on each side of the box about two and a half inches in from the side (we did it closer in the photo below but ended up poking another hole further back). The rod could be made from 16 to 18 gauge wire as well, but the yarn was fine.

 5. String up the yarn (rod) by tying multiple knots at each end on the outside of the box after threading through the holes.  Pull the yarn as taut as you can.

 6. Go to town with the templates and paper!

 Hope you all have a great weekend!

  1. Bonnie

    What a fun activity! I would have loved it when I was a kid. Great closet!

  2. I had something like that when I was a kid and I spent hours using the tempates and making fasions! Way too cool!

  3. Oh man, that looks like fun. Love the photos & the closet and model are absolutely fabulous.

  4. fantastic post!!!! just started making doll dress cards… but this is just taking it to a whole other fun filled level!!!

  5. Amanda

    I have that same one! It was so much fun…until I couldn’t keep track of the things I made anymore lol

  6. After seeing this post, I just ordered a couple different Paper Fashions sets (regular and fancy) for my daughter’s birthday. She’s going to love them. I plan to make a little closet for the clothes we make. Thanks for the great idea!

  7. My daughter bought me that for Mothers Day. Then my sister gave us the fairy princess set. We have made tons of dresses. We even had a paper doll birthday party where the girls made clothes with a show at the end. We decorate them with everything from glitter to beads and ribbons. It has been great for Mom and Me day activities. We’ll have to make the closet now to put them in. We had been putting them in a scrap book journal.

  8. anne

    Fun! It sounds like you guys are having a great time with it. The closet will be a great addition!

  9. I had one of those a few years ago. I don’t have any of the pieces. I’m planning to buy another set soon!

  10. fantastic post!!!! just started making doll dress cards… but this is just taking it to a whole other fun filled level!!!

  11. Anonymous

    These sets are a lot of fun!

  12. Anonymous

    I bought that same set for my daughter when she was 4, but ended up using it myself. Now that she is older, I will definitely be making a closet to house the creations we come up with together. I love the idea of a fashion show from a previous poster – my daughter will LOVE that! Thanks so very much for posting such a clever idea!

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