That’s what I’m calling them! “While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads…” mixed with snowflake ballerinas and the nutcracker’s Sugar Plum fairy…make a lovely Chrismas decoration. I found them on pinterest, of course, and just had to try them out!! Here’s the blog called Krokotak where I found them and printed out the patterns from, though the original idea came from here, though it’s not in English.
They are fairly easy to make, if you like cutting up paper! Cut out a ballerina silhouette from cardstock (or 2 pieces of paper glued together). Make a snowflake from paper. Cut a slit in the middle of the snowflake and gently pull it onto the ballerina, to make her “tutu”. Hang them up and watch them pirouette!!
I know, my sugar plum snowflake ballerina fairies are hanging by large clothespins gripping their heads….it wasn’t meant to be, but I was in a rush, and the clothespins hanging on twine have been there since Henry’s bday ( I had photos hanging from them). So the season changed and now it’s Christmas ornaments and Sugar plum fairies!
The only different thing I did from the original version was to cut out one silhouette from paper printed with that Christmas Mouse story I did the other day…I thought text on a ballerina would add visual interest…and it does. (no, they are not tatooed fairies!!) I love watching them “dance” in every little breeze (from the hot air registers) that comes their way! After Christmas (if I ever get the Christmas stuff taken down and packed away) they will make cute hanging ornaments for the girls’ room until winter’s over….still lots of time left!!!
Ok, yesterday I posted about helping the 5 year old girls make paper dolls, but that’s not really the end of the story. I tried really hard to let it be a fun experience for them and to not be too controlling and perfectionist. But I’m afraid I am a perfectionist at heart, and I really wanted to see the paper dolls in all their printed and assembled glory….
So when the little girls weren’t around (I made sure no one else was around), I quickly printed off some more Paperglitter paper doll pages!! I was longing to cut out the cute outfits for the darling little dollies, but then I saw my embossing “junk” sitting on the counter and knew what I was going to do to those dollies…!So, like I said, first I printed off the dollies and their outfits, the ones that are colored (not the coloring pages) from here (I bought the files the other day). I decided to do some embossing on the costumes, so I grabbed my gold and silver embossing powder and a few other things…That would be an embossing ink pen, a clear (sticky) ink Versamark stamp pad, a heat gun (for embossing) and a few stamps. First I used the pen to fill in the white scull and crossbones on the pirate hat:The ink is clear and slightly sticky so that the powder will stick to it, so quickly I sprinkled the gold embossing powder over the areas I had colored in, I did the face first because my pen is really old and seemed to dry quick.It’s a bit hard to see, but I added 2 googly pupils to the scull, to make it crazy and friendly-looking!I added a row of stitching around the edge, filled in the crossbones, and brought out the heat gun to melt the powder:Ahhh, it’s always fun to watch the dull powder melt to shiny gold!Now for the cat costume…silver will be nice! But this time stamps….I have a fun (old) set of Stampin’ Up stamps that are so cute and great for adding a pattern to the paper doll clothes:Stamp the pattern stamp in the clear ink, It just leaves a faint watermark…Sprinkle with silver embossing powder, tip the page and then lightly tap the extra off…Add some heat with the “gun” and up pops the silver flowers!Now to stamp and emboss the kitty dress…(I love paisleys!)And a bit on the Bee Girl’s hair…(is that a real bee-hive do?)(I added a silver necklace to Bee Girl’s dress, too)
Now is the time to do ALL THAT CUTTING OUT!!Assemble those dollies and let them walk the catwalk!!
(cue the runway music) First down the runway we have …
the lovely “Le Chat” in her midnight black ensemble, spangled with silver paisleys….She’s ready for a purrr-fect evening of fun with her friends!Guard your gold dubloons, mateys!! Here comes “La Pirata” with her gilt belt and glittering gold-plated Jolly Roger (with matching gold stitching!!) Cutest pirate to ever sail the seven seas!!Buzzing down the runway comes little “Miss BEE-U-tiful”! Her unique style is glammed up with some extra silver bling! What a bizzy girl!Give a hand for these cute little fashion paper dollies!! (sure to delight fashionistas of any age!)
(ok, I admit, I had way too much fun with this post! 😉
Who else used to play with paper dolls when they were little? I remember cutting them out of their cute little books, cutting out all the clothes…and later, punching out clothes for paper dolls when they were perforated. I remember making my own dolls from scratch, I mean from paper. The crown of my paper doll collection was definitely the Princess Diana and Prince Charles paper dolls, bought for me in honor of their wedding day! (You should have seen the gorgeous, hard to cut out wedding dress!)
This week I decided to make some paper dolls with my 2 little five-year-old friends. I had just been dying for an excuse to buy these super cute paper dolls from Paperglitter. One of my little friends just had a pirate birthday, and this paper doll kit has the cutest little girl pirate ever! You need to have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed to read the files, then you can decide which pages you want to print. This paper doll set is fun because there are pre-colored outfits, and outfits that are ready to color. The dollies are in color already. While the girls started coloring their outfits, I started assembling the dollies. I had printed them out on white cardstock, which was not super high quality, so I decided to adhere 2 sheets together to make the dolls stronger. So after printing out the doll pages, I stuck double sided tape on the back of the doll and the stand:Then just stuck a white sheet of cardstock to the back and cut out each dolly and each stand. Add double sided tape on the back of the stand that goes right behind the doll’s neck, to give her a lot of support!There is a cute little heart on the back of the stand where you can write who handmade the paper doll. Cute cute!!!
While I was doing this, the girls were busy with their markers,I did remind them to color in the lines, and they did really well, until the end, when a few scribbles appeared!After assembling the dolls, I started cutting out the outfits that the girls had colored. Later on, my little buddy wanted to try cutting out dresses herself, so I just printed off the page of outfits again, and away she went with her little scissors!! (good practice for those fine motor skills!!)Pretty good cutting job, I thought! Then she colored them in later…
Here we have the fashion show of the dollies in their colored costumes!! Coming down the catwalk:The dolly named “Cat” in her kitty cat outfit.The dolly named “Kitty” in her pirate outfit!
And presenting two pleased little fashion designers:We had a fun time (if you like fiddly cutouts! which I do). The creation of the paper dolls took awhile, then the girls played with them for a little while. I was just totally pleased with the pure cuteness of the whole project!! (and spending time with the girls!)