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Origami Doll Tutorial

Hi everyone, Welcome back! On my last blog post I showed off my little origami doll banner. Today I am here to show you how I created them. Are ya ready? You will find the tutorial  below. I have also created a supply list with links to Altered Pages ( collage sheet, ribbons and trim) and The Robins Nest (paper and Dew drops).

6x6 sheet of printed paper:
Bone folder
Your favorite ribbons and trims
Dew Drops
Collage sheet: 3037 Doll Heads

Now let me say BEFORE we start: PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS FIRST!!!!  ALSO: Don't get discouraged if it doesn't come out absolutely perfect the first time around!! I suggest practicing a couple times on scrap paper first. It took me a couple go rounds before I could do it without rereading the instructions and starring at the photos dumb founded!! LOL   Also please remember your folds must be exact or it won't come out correct!!

So, Let's get started!! 

1. Take your 6x6 paper and fold in half. (if double sided fold the print side you do not want showing to the inside). NOTE: I used thicker paper than usual but if you fold and pull gently it WILL work. Typically you use paper not much thicker than printer paper but hey, I loved this patterned paper from
 The Robins Nest so I used it!!

2. Next open paper and  then fold each side in to the center crease you just made.  Using bone folder crease well NOTE: if using heavier cardstock press gently!!) Open the paper again.

3.You will see the paper is now divided into fourths. Now fold each side crease into the center crease.
4. By the end of this step you should have what looks like a little triangular tunnel
5. Keeping the paper folded the way you have it now, flip it over and fold not quite in half. You want about the width of a fingertip difference at the top. (I use my finger for everything!!)

6. Now fold the shorter side down, another fingertip width from the crease you just made. This is what your paper will look like from the backside

7. Flip it over. The longer portion should be in front which now becomes the skirt. The shorter portion is behind and will become the boobs of  the dress. (yea yea, I know) but hey we gotta have a little fun while we are creating right? LOL


8. To open and create the pleats in the skirt, secure the top of the dress with middle finger and then pull the bottom corner of dress until the fold is completely open at the bottom. I then used my bone folder to press the new creases in the pleat and at the top of the skirt. Remember crease gently on heavier paper!!
9. Note how the bottom of dress now sits at an angle.
10. Repeat with the other side. Note: I spread the pleat as far as the paper will open without tearing.

 11. Next we will create the creases for the neckline of the dress by folding the inner corners down at right angles, making sure to create 2 even right triangles just like the picture. 
12. Unfold the two neckline creases from the last step and turn your dress over. Pull back on the (now) top layer of paper. The creases you just made will allow you to open this portion into 3 neat triangles.

13. Press the fold so that the back of the neckline looks like this.
14. Start folding the sides of the dress top right up to the corner of the neckline you just created
15. Here is another view so you can see you’re folding all the way in. There’s already a crease there for you.
16.  As you do this fold, you’ll see the side of the skirt trying to curl in. Crease the skirt edge at an angle so that everything lays flat.

17.   To do this, I press down on the middle of the skirt with one hand and use my other hand to smooth everything down from the top of the skirt to the bottom corner.
18.   Repeat with the other side.

19. Finally, take those two flaps that you folded in at the top of the dress and fold them back at a deep angle.

Flip it over, and TAH DAH!! Your little doll dress is complete!!

       Now using your collage sheet  and depending on the editing program you use, enlarge your favorite face to the size that will fit. Adhere to light chip board and fussy cut face. Then glue on to back of dress at neck. I cut two rectangle strips of  paper and colored it flesh. I just glued the strips to the backs of the dress sleeves to imitate arms. Next I used my Dew Drops as little buttons down the front, hot glued some lace around the hem of the dress and added a sweet little bow. Now she is ready for what ever you would like to do with her from creating a banner or adding her to a card or even created as a cupcake topper!! You can make her in virtually any size depending on your paper size.  Just cut your paper down or enlarge it. Just make sure it is square!! And AP now offers more doll head collage sheets!!!
I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and you will have fun creating your own!!
 Until Next month............


  1. Thank you for the detailed directions and photo of every step! Your doll is adorable.

  2. Great tutorial!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Really nice tutorial--I rot at origami, and even I feel like I can follow your awesome directions!


  4. I wish my work table and computer were side by side! I fell in love with the dolls when you first showed them ♥
    You rock!

  5. Such a cute idea and wonderful tutorial, Melodee. TFS.

  6. I loved these dolls when you showed them as part of your banner in your earlier post, and your tutorial on how to make them is just fabulous! TFS


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