Dress Up Dolls
from week ending 1/10/99
Design and Instructions by Diana Trupiano
Remember paper dolls? Well now there's something better! By
using Aleene's Shrink It Plastic, you can make dress up dolls
that won't crumple, tear or bend. And they are fun and easy to
Aleene's Opaque Shrink-It Plastic
Aleene's Tack It Over and Over Glue
Fine sand paper
Aleene's Shrink-It Baking Board or cookie sheet, decorative
hole punch (optional).
*Depending on the size of the items you are shrinking, you may
use either a toaster oven or regular oven set to 275º.
- Lightly sand your Shrink-It sheet in both directions to
help the coloring process.
- Lay the sheet over the doll and clothing patterns. Trace
the designs onto the Shrink-It sheet, and color as
desired. You must color your Shrink-It( BEFORE it is
baked. Any areas you wish to be white, leave uncolored as
the opaque sheets are white after baking. If you wish to
paint your designs, this is done after baking. I prefer
Aleene's Premium Coat Acrylic Paints with a final coat of
Aleene's Right-On Finish or Premium Coat Acrylic Varnish
to insure lasting durability. You can also embellish your
designs with pearls, sequence, threads, etc. after baking
with glue. My preference is Aleene's Thick Designer Tacky
- Once you have colored all designs, cut them out with
scissors. If any holes need to be punched, do this now.
- Sprinkle baby powder lightly onto baking board or cookie
sheet and place doll cut outs onto sheet.
- Bake in regular or toaster oven, pre heated to 275º.
This process can take several minutes, depending on the
size of the item. Watch carefully! It is not unusual for
your Shrink-It to curl, and roll around slightly. BE
PATIENT! Wait until your designs flatten out completely
before you take them out of the oven. Cool completely
- Dust off each piece to remove all traces of baby powder.
On the back of each piece of clothing accessories, place
one drop of Aleene's Tack It Over and Over Glue, and let
dry completely. This will make dressing and undressing
your dolls a breeze, as the items will stick to the doll
securely and pull away easily as desired.
- That's all there is to it, wasn't that easy!? This is a
great rainy day, or party project that is simple, fun and
inexpensive to do. Everyone will love making their very
own personalized dress up dolls to enjoy over and over
again. Have Fun!
*NOTE* This project is best for children over the age
of six. Some pieces are very small and if put in the mouth, could
be a choking hazard.
As always, to print these patterns in
correct size, you must have your display set to the Windows95
default setting of 96 ppi (pixels per inch).
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