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.
You will need excellent fussy-cutting scissors to cut out the clothes so check this page too.
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.. We have highlighted a few of our favorites below. Etsy also offers some paper dolls for adults here.
I mean really, how awesome is this?
If you are a fan of this iconic artist then you’ll want this set. Critics say she is depicted a little too “pretty” and not with her own unique beauty but the clothes included are fabulous.
Even if you aren’t obsessed by all things Royal, Meghan and Harry have sparked interested worldwide. Both Harry & Meghan have several outfits for you to choose from.
I just love Rachel’s paper dolls! These are ready to print and color and cut out. Her designs cover all sorts of genres and are priced well.
One reviewer advises to not remove the octopus’ head as the instructions say to do, another says to be sure to go all the way through the book before you cut anything to enjoy the clever way it’s put together.
Fashion YouTube Stylist Grav3yardGirl, aka Bunny Meyer, will love these paper dolls.
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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This book has clothing fashions from 1900-1950. I think the ’50s had some of the most flattering fashions for real women of all time. I so wish I’d kept my mom’s dresses from that time period.
Alice in Wonderland Paper Dolls – an all-new look through the looking glass
This illustrator had taken Alice on a stroll through Steampunk and it’s awesome!
These paper dolls are quite intricate so don’t forget to give your fingers a break while you are cutting them out.
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 other for 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 pastime.
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
Child’s Play Featuring Ann Estelle: A Paper Doll Book
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.
A collectible edition of 52 paper dolls for grownups takes a witty look at the 2012 crop of Republican candidates, Democratic cabinet members, and pundits of every persuasion, adult content included!
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.
GLBT Paper Dolls
Dover Celebrity Paper Dolls include Jerry Lewis, Milton Berle, Tyler Perry, and RuPaul — as well as actors such as Barbra Streisand in Yentl, Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, and Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. Mature content.
Includes winner of RuPaul’s TV show from past seasons
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 punched 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.
Make Your Own Paper Dolls
These stencils from one of my favorite mixed-media artists Megan Quinlan allow you to create your own paper dolls using all those fun papers you probably still have in your art stash. She’s got 3 different sets to use for art journaling, fussy cutting for cards or ATCs, or just for fun. I like the Moonlight Serenade set best so I can create my own body and outfits and just use the heads plus that crow and moon are super cool too.