Coloring Books for adults broke open the notion that we don’t have to give up the things we loved as kids, and paper dolls were always one of my favorite things so why not paper dolls for adults? I didn’t have lots of pretty clothes growing up but my paper dolls did so I could live vicariously through their gorgeous gowns and fabulous hats.
Paper Dolls for Adults by Dover Publications
Dover Paper Dolls for Adults have been around for years, I’m so sorry I missed out on these for so long. Do know that in these books you do have to cut out the paper dolls and the clothing yourself but that’s really ok, I remember having to punch them out as a kid and you often ripped a piece of the outfit or the tab off. The “dolls” are also made of paper of the same thickness, so we recommend gluing them to some cardstock so they will be easier to dress and undress. Dover Publications has HUNDREDS of paper dolls to choose from here and shipping is free if you order $50. We have highlighted a few of our favorites below. Etsy also offers some paper dolls for adults here.
I just love Rachel’s paper dolls! Her’s cover all sorts of genre’s and are priced well.
2 Diva’s with 90 garments & accessories get you started mixing and matching their wardrobes. Would be great inspiration to a budding fashionista or a deals fanatic.
June Cleaver, Carol Brady, Peg Bundy and Claire Huxtable grace the cover of this fun paper dolls for adults coloring book.
Civil War attire for both men and women both military and civilian. It contains 20 dolls and costumes on 16 plates
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Alice in Wonderland Paper Dolls – an all new look through the looking glass
Pin-up girls from the ’20s are the inspiration for this book
The stars include Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Susan Hayward, Veronica Lake, Ginger Rogers and more in some iconic outfits to cut out.
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Book Character Paper Dolls for Adults
Characters from the classic book Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are here with 16 different mid-Victorian outfits based on scenes from the book.
Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wendy Darling from Peter Pan, The Secret Garden‘s Mary Lennox and many more favorite characters come to life in the paper doll book. The girls all look exactly the same save different hair colors but of course the outfits will be different.
Even though the description of these says they are punch out, in fact, they are NOT. The characters and a few other items punch out, but like all the others, these do require you to cut out the outfits carefully. I have decided that is actually part of the fun of this old school pass-time.
Just in case you missed out on Little House books, here are some links to the classics and more
- Little House Books
- Little House Coloring Book For grown ups
- Little House Cookbook
- Little House Craft Projects
This set contains 4 dolls plus 15 outfits all in the adorable artist’s style. The dolls are punch out but the outfits require scissors. These are simpler cut outs than the others so might be more suitable for seniors looking to play again.
We also ran across these in our research…
Political Paper Dolls for Adults
This book includes 100 perforated paper dolls, 3 rooms, Republican adversaries, Supreme Court Justices, pantsuits and pajamas, Secret Service protection, White House ghosts and the list continues.
Includes Nancy Reagan, Jacqueline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.
These three campaign editions include facts and fun about each Presidential candidate as well as clothes to dress them up in.
Punch Out Paper Dolls
Most paper dolls designed for grownups have to be cut out but there are a couple that I found that are punch out.
Amazon gives you quite a few views of the inside pages of this book so you can take a look at some of the gorgeous illustrations before you buy. Cicely Mary Barker has an entire line of Flower Fairies book to check out too including journals, sticker books, and postcards.