I am so excited to have Jodi from Meaningful Mama here today! She is sharing the cutest MAGNETIC PAPER DOLLS with us today!
Why my blog? Becoming a mother is hard. I learned that in the labor process, and I’ve been learning it ever since. This blog has been, for me, a desire to be more intentional in my parenting. I think I’ve spent the last four years of parenting living in the “I should” moments. I should really take my kids to the park when it’s cold outside. I really should get a reward system in place at our home. I should get off “Words with Friends” right now and spend some quality time with my kids. I should really invest in the character development of the kids more. I was tired of the “I should” and decided to become meaningful. This isn’t about me being an amazing mom. It’s about me trying to improve daily in this precious role. Every day I offer you a craft or activity, a character development idea and a parenting tip that I’ve found helpful. Is life at our house perfect? Absolutely not. Is it improving? Absolutely yes. I want to inspire others to be more meaningful in their parenting. Will I have Martha Steward moments in the process? Hopefully, a few. Mostly, I want things accessible. Things you can take away and say, “I can do that. I’m going to do that this week.” Do everything? No, but I am hoping you’ll take something away from these minutes you spend in my corner of the web that inspire you to turn the “I should…” into “I’m going to…”
Paint Brush or Sponge
Pencil and a Picture of Your Kids Printed onto Paper.
Let’s get started.
The first thing I did was take a picture of the girls in their bathing suits posed like a paper doll. Try and take it straight on at their level. Also, try not to get heavy shadows.
I cut a rough area around the girls so I could know how much magnet paper to cut. I then cut off the magnet paper big enough to house the picture.
The girls set to work Mod Podging the images to the magnet paper. After the Mod Podge was completely dry, I trimmed off the excess magnet paper fairly close to their bodies. I wrote an article with tips on using Mod Podge that I hope you will check out to help you with this project.
To make the clothes, I first took plain paper and held it over their picture so I could trace custom sized clothes for their bodies.
I used these traced images as a stencil. I traced them onto the magnet paper and cut them all out. The clothes you see on the paper plate were the final product on magnet paper before coloring began.
Next, it was time for the girls to get to work coloring the garments with markers.
Is this the solution I've been looking for in our clothes situations around here? Maybe...just maybe.
If you want to see another fun craft we did with pictures of our kids, I'd love you to see how we made our kids into interchangeable blocks. I hope you will join me at www.meaningfulmama.com for more fun ideas.