I wanted a fun and creative way to ask my friends and family members to be part of my bridal party. I almost felt like I was proposing to them!
After browsing around the web, I found this cute idea of paper dolls. It was easy to make and customize.
-Medium weight paper in 18”x24” size to make the bodies. I used a white color, but you can certainly use any skin tone color you prefer.
– Colored paper in the same color as your bridesmaid dresses. I bought three sheets of 8.5”x 11” paper to make 4 sets of dolls.
-Different colored paper for hair (all my bridesmaids have black hair so I just had to buy one 8.5” x 11” sheet for black paper.)
-Rubber cement or glue stick
Cut a long strip of paper, 18” long and 6” wide. Fold the paper accordion style, as if you were making a paper fan. The number of folds will depend on how many girls you are making. I had four in my bridal party so I made the fold four times.
On the first page, pencil in an outline of the body. Make sure the hands and feet connect at the folded edge and open edge. Otherwise you won’t get the dolls to connect (hold hands).
After you cut the dolls out, this is how they should look. Now onto the fun part; decorating!
Using the hair colored paper, cut hairstyles that look close to your bridesmaids usual hair style. Glue the hair with a glue stick or rubber cement. For the dresses, I used the body of the doll as a template to draw the shape of the dress so it will cover the body.
The best thing about this project is that you can customize the dolls as much as you want. You can add shoes or jewelry with things like beads or metallic ink pens. I also added the names of each of the bridesmaids on the front and on the back I wrote out their contact information.
In the package, I also made a card asking each girl to be my bridesmaid and some event details.
The girls all packed up and ready to be sent out!