At my house paper dolls do not last long if they are not protected. I look forward to the day when the girls will sit still and imagine away an afternoon playing with their dolls.
But at ages 2 (the twins) and 1 the most they do is rip the heads and arms off and suck on them. They do love playing with them, they just don't know their own strength! Cue laminating tools, Velcro and magnets.
Let's get started shall we?!
1. MiniMe Paper doll and outfits already cut out
2. Roll of Laminating Paper (I found mine at Walmart for about $3)
3. Velcro sticky back tabs OR 1/2" wide sticky back Magnet rolls (found at Walmart or any craft shop)
Now peel off your white protective paper and place clear laminate sticky side up. Next place your doll/outfits on top of the sticky side up. Now you will cover your dolls with the excess clear laminate pushing out so there are no air bubbles.
Now on each outfit/doll use your hands/fingernails (or a Popsicle stick or a bone folder) to push down and make sure you have a good clear surface.
Now cut around your doll/outfits leaving about 1/4 inch space. They should look something like these:
Adding Velcro or Magnets:
Magnets are just as easy! I just bought a roll with adhesive. Cut them and put them on the BACK of the doll and her outfits. Like this: