A couple of weeks ago, on a very l-o-n-g road trip to the Dallas area for Thanksgiving, I had an irresistible urge to buy a set of markers and draw. Since it’s been years (a decade?!) since I’ve done a lot of drawing, I thought it was a little weird. But I indulged myself and stopped at an Oklahoma Walgreens and got some markers. I promptly drew out the following idea, which was a little weird again because I hadn’t been thinking this was what I would want to draw.
I silently said to myself, “Seriously? Nesting paper dolls? I’m drawing nested paper dolls?!”.
I thought I would want to draw pretty farm scenes, or cute illustrations trying to be a Helen Dardik wannabe. Nope, I drew out paper dolls, put my markers away, and haven’t felt like drawing since. I don’t think I’ll ever have myself figured out.
So today I broke out my ancient copy of Adobe Illustrator and put these Santa nesting dolls together. I thought they were cute in the drawing, but I have to say I think they are pretty dang adorable once you put them together!
These couldn’t be easier to make – print out one of each of the following 4 nesting dolls, then cut out each of them.
Then I’m going to recommend a step that you will probably be inclined to skip. Trust me on this, don’t skip the following step – it makes it SO MUCH EASIER to assemble them. So what is this mystery step?
Score your folds
You don’t need a fancy bone folder, I just used a pen with no ink and a small ruler (though I’ve decided I’m sticking a bone folder into my own Christmas stocking this year!). When you score these folds, your fold lines are effortlessly crisp and exact. I never thought the extra step was worth it, until I tried it. Now I never fold paper crafts without scoring first! And actually, it makes the folding easier and faster, so it doesn’t really seem like an ‘extra step’ at all.
Next, make all of your folds before you add any glue. And using a glue stick is the best route for this project – instant stickiness with no mess. Then when you go back to add glue to the white glue tabs, the whole nesting doll almost naturally assembles itself.
Do this to all of the dolls and get playing with them!