Dress-up Dolls
Dress-up Dolls

Children often dream of professions they know about from books, stories, friends or from television.Therefore, we would like to present you the Pelikan dress-up dolls that can be designed by the students themselves.

Dress-up Dolls

Children often dream of professions they know about from books, stories, friends or from television. According to a survey, soccer players, police officers and zoo keepers are the most popular jobs, followed by being a pilot, a car mechanic or a teacher. A lot of children are already aware of the special requirements that must be brought along for their favorite profession. Moreover, children place emphasis on knowing what it feels like to be in that particular profession. They would like to find out whether the things they will have to deal with in their daily life really are fun. Also, they would like to see how they would look when wearing the particular uniform. Therefore, we would like to present you the Pelikan dress-up dolls that can be designed by the students themselves. The clou is: The face can be replaced by ones own picture. This way, everyone can test whether or not they like the particular uniform.

This is what you need:

Pelikan download templates, white colored paper (for the printout), passport picture, glue, paintbox K12, paintbrush with long bristles, size 8 + 12, paintbrush with short bristles size 4, pair of scissors and a cutter, cutting board or a strong piece of cardboard. (Caution: Please only use the cutter under the supervision of an adult!)

This is how it works:

  1. Print out all the templates on a piece of white strong paper.

Decorating the dolls

  1. Paint the dolls with opaque paint. The police officer's uniform can be painted in blue. It will look even more natural, if the paints are not applied simply opaque. Vary the colors by adding black paint or some more water to the blue paint. This form of free mixing will give a more vivid appearance to the colors.
Coloring templates for the police officer: Head, jacket, pants and signaling disc.

3. The zoo keeper can receive a more colorful uniform, as there are no formal requirements to this particular kind of uniform. For example, he or she could be wearing a red sweater and a green vest over it. Here, it is also recommended to vary the colors a little. Add some water on certain spots or vary the shades of green. The pockets should be in a darker green than the remaining clothes, so they stand out better.

There is a lot to paint on the zoo keeper's uniform: Head, jacket (including sweater), pants, fish, bucket and the seal.

Painting the "accessories"

  1. The accessories must be painted in opaque paints, as well. Hereby, you should mind to vary the colors a little. For instance, if the seal is painted in gray, vary the shades by adding white or black paint. Moreover, the skin folds along the back of the seal should be painted in a darker shade than the rest of the animal. The fish bucket and the police officer's signal disc should be painted, too.

Cutting out of the dress-up dolls becomes easy, thanks to easycut

  1. Now, it is time to cut out the dressing dolls and the accompanying accessories. To do so, all motifs are surrounded by a dotted line, the so-called easycut line. Despite the shapes being rather simple, students often find it difficult to cut out the shapes exactly along the lines. Therefore, the shapes are first only cut out along a rough outline (the easycut line). Afterwards the shapes can be cut out along there actual outlines. This way, it becomes easier to cut, as the piece of paper is not as big after the motif is cut out along the easycut line and it can be held more easily. Moreover, the motif can be approached from all sides much better, which complies very well with the working mode of students.

Designing your own head

  1. The different dressing dolls can all be decorated with "individual heads". You will need a picture of yourself, of which only the head is cut out. The oval, white head shape of the download template serves as a basis here for about how large the head size should be. Simply glue your picture onto the template.

Baseplate and Construction

  1. Creating the baseplate is the same for all dress-up dolls, as it is a universal plate that can be used for all dolls alike. Make a cut into the red markings with a cutter (they turn out gray if the template is printed out in black and white). Meaning of the numbers: (1) = Neck flaps (2) = Foot flaps (3) = Hand flaps. The black hands have already been printed onto the baseplate, as the sleeves of the dolls are always tucked in along the wrists and the hands would then be missing.
Baseplate for the dress-up dolls

If you would like to decorate the background, too, then paint the baseplate in the corresponding opaque paints. In this case, keep in mind that you will need one baseplate for each doll. Let everything dry thoroughly before building it together!

  1. If you would like to decorate the background, too, then paint the baseplate in the corresponding opaque paints. In this case, keep in mind that you will need one baseplate for each doll. Let everything dry thoroughly before building it together!
Simple construction: The head, the pants and the jacket are installed first.

Moreover, the pants of the doll are tucked in. To do so, push the small flap of the piece of clothing into the appropriate slots along the belly (2) and the feet (2). Then the jacket is applied. As the hands of the doll are drawn onto the baseplate, the flaps are stuck into the slots in front of the hands (3).

  1. Finally, the accesories follow. The signaling disc is slipped through the slot over the left hand. The rest of the slots are for the remaining accessories of the zoo keeper (yellow arrows), as it is a universal plate.
One for all: The slots of the baseplates (arrows) are appointed for the accessories of all figures.

10. If you like, you can make up your own uniform, too. For this occasion we have prepared a "white template" with no particular professional theme, and which can be adjusted to the baseplate anyway.

For creative ideas: There is a head, a shirt and a pair of pants.