Adorable Cut & Dress Up Unisex Doll

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So adorable! Tutorial for a cut and dress up doll by TwoPlusCute

Make an adorable, cut & dress-up, unisex doll, that stands on its own (and is sturdy enough to hold actual jewelry), using a pizza box.

Do you remember those dress up dolls we were cutting off of paper and had all sorts of cute outfits? They were pretty and elaborately designed but were not very sturdy and consequently, they didn’t last long. I made a much sturdier and larger version for The Cute – and didn’t cost a thing!

Read on for the tutorial, plus 6 ideas for learning activities using this cute dress up doll.

Adorable! DIY a large, playable, super cute cut & dress up paper doll, using a pizza box. Tutorial by TwoPlusCute


This craft turned out soooooooo cute! This is a substantial cut & dress up doll, that is also safe for all ages that don’t like to eat paper.

Cardboard is a safe material in more ways than one: sometimes young children throw their toys around. This doll won’t hurt anyone if it’s thrown and won’t brake anything. In addition, it is an ultra frugal material (and green in terms of recycling).


This is adorable and costs nothing! Craft tutorial for paper Dress Up Unisex Doll, made out of (surprise!) pizza box, plus 6 learning activities using the doll


The distinctly triangular shape (besides the head) was inspired by the same ancient Greek dolls that inspired the 2004 Olympic games mascots and it is quite practical: the clothes stay put and it is really easy to dress the doll (helpful for little hands and easily upset toddlers).

Nothing like the usual paper dolls that are too flimsy and hard to dress!


6 ideas for activities with your dress up doll


Make a cute cut and dress up doll your kids will adore, tutorial by twoPlusCute
Hey little one, I am not done, yet!


  • Teach clothing items to a young child by dressing up the doll and pronouncing the cloth items.
  • Draw clothes and let the child cut the shapes.
  • Draw the outlines and have the child paint the outfits.
  • Invite the child to explore and re-purpose materials that can be used for making clothing for your doll.
  • Let the child go wild with fashion (and make some of your own, too).
  • Pretend play (dressing up the “baby”, fashion boutique, etc). You know the drill: first we shop fashion and then we go eat in our toy kitchen.


So cute A Princess Fairy dress up doll! Tutorial by TwoPlusCute
Our Princess Fairy. Isn’t she adorable?


You probably have a cardboard box waiting to be upcycled and if not, you probably love pizza. Order some and let’s get crafting!

How to Make your Own Dress Up Doll from a Pizza Box


Make it! Super cute cut and dress-up doll using a pizza box. Tutorial by TwoPlusCute


Materials: a pizza box (I used a family size box), scissors (or x-acto knife), pencil. Alternatively, you can use any cardboard box you have, or a foam board ($1 from dollar stores).

Cost: Zero cost (ain’t that sweet?). A dollar or 2 if you buy the foam and a couple of fancy papers for the clothes. You can really use any paper and craft scraps you might have around. Paint and draw on cardstock for unique and dirt cheap outfits.

Dimensions: You can make your doll any size you like (as long as it fits in your chosen material). I will give you the dimensions of ours as a guide, in case you wish to reproduce it:

Head to toes: 16 in (40.6 cm)

Horizontally (hand to hand): 15 in (38 cm)


So cute! Cut & Dress Up Doll Tutorial by TwoPlusCute


Construction of the dress up doll:

1. Fold a paper in half and draw your outline of half a body and head (I used the top flap from the pizza box). Make the legs long (like in the photos) – makes it much easier to fit the clothes. You may want to add ears, nose and eyebrows, draw toes and fingers, it’s just a matter of personal taste – add anything you want.

Unfold the paper and you should have a symmetrical figure. If you drew the face too fat, too long, too…wrong, simply fold again and correct it.


Make a large cut & dress up doll from a pizza box, by TwoPlusCute


2. Trace the figure on the back side of your thick cardboard. Make sure the “front” has no printed design/pencil lines. The bottom flap of the pizza box is perfect for that (just make sure it is clean, without any grease on it).

3. Cut your figure and slice one opening in the middle of your doll’s belly. This will make 100% certain that your skirts and pants, stay in place.

Additionally, you may add 2 small cuts on the center of the doll’s wrists, if you want to add gloves and 2 more slices above the ankles if you want to add shoes.


So cute! Easy cut and dress up doll tutorial by TwoPlusCute


4. Cut the supports, bend at the right spots (a simple triangle will do) and glue on the back of the doll.


Drawing the face

Children’s imagination doesn’t require too much detail but, if you wish, you can draw freckles, rosy cheeks, a nose and everything else you like. I chose to paint simple curved lines for eyes and a smiling mouth.


This is adorable! Tutorial for a large cut & dress up doll, by TwoPlusCute


I did not draw hair for two reasons:

  • It keeps the doll unisex
  • I prefer to cut different hair styles and add them as the mood strikes (wait…am I talking about me? I meant my daughter! My daughter will want to do that. And we will stick to that story.)

Tip: draw the eyes approximately at the center of the face, to allow room for hair, hats, etc.


Adorable Dress Up Doll (from a pizza box!)


Your doll is ready to be dressed up and you can even add hair, crowns, hats, necklaces, – seriously from now on, sky (and scrapbooking) is the limit!

If you liked the doll, don’t forget to

PIN it!

Adorable craft! Tutorial for a cute Cut & Dress up paper doll, made out of a pizza box, that stands on its own. 6 Learning activities for children and fashion ideas to dress your doll

Ready to make this super cute, Cut & Dress Up Doll or your child, your grandchild or for emergency activity on a playdate?

Let’s order some pizza!


ps. More excuses for pizza? Check out this mail center I made with another pizza box. No pizza and looking for grown up toys? Let’s make something pretty using power tools.

ps. Craftgawker featured the doll, can you imagine?! 🙂



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26 thoughts on “Adorable Cut & Dress Up Unisex Doll

  • June 28, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Very adorable craft, I bet my niece would love this. Thanks for sharing with us at Pretty Pintastic and hope you join us at Small Victories Sunday Linkup too, open all week long.

  • June 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    This is so fun! My kids love paper dolls and they would love this even more! Thanks for linking up to you’re gonna love it. Pinning!

  • June 26, 2016 at 5:13 am

    This is super cute! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

  • June 26, 2016 at 3:44 am

    This is such a fun craft, my girls are older but they would still love to play with this, dressing up dolls is always fun, right? Also, they could actually make their own already! Your doll looks fun in all the different outfits, I love this craft!

    • June 26, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      It’s always fun, especially when they start using items they already have, magazine pages (so many designs hidden in them) and later on realize they can create their own fashion line easily. 🙂

  • June 24, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    What a cute and clever doll. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  • June 24, 2016 at 9:43 am

    What an adorable idea! I love that it’s made from cardboard!

  • June 24, 2016 at 8:28 am

    This is so adorable! My girls would love it and I can make one for each of them! Plus an excuse to have some pizza? Count me in! Congrats on having craftgawker feature this! I’m pinning it because I’m definitely going to try it!

    • June 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you Ntina and I hope you have fun with your daughters, dressing up the dolls. 🙂

  • June 23, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing this clever tutorial at Thoughts of Home.
    If only I had a granddaughter!

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  • June 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    This is a great repurpose. And we certainly go through pizza boxes like there is no tomorrow in the States, that yummy Italian pizza. Now stop playing with the dolls and tell me how you made the clothes. Are those scrapbook pages?

    • June 20, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Hahah, you caught me. 😀
      Yes, they are scrapbook pages for the most part (and I have a handmade, velvety brocade (!!) one, that is not in the pictures).
      Some are plain cardstock that we drew on. The jewels are my daughter’s (she is an extremely girly girl).

  • June 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This is so absolutely adorable!! I love that this is basic and old fashioned. I’d bet money that kids would love this more than something electronic. 🙂

    Pinned twice!

    • June 21, 2016 at 4:03 am

      Thank you so much, for both the pins and the sweet comment. 🙂
      Well, if they are already too addicted to electronics, it might take time to change preferences but if not, I too think that hands on games like this, that really let imagination (and creativity) roam freely, are winners.

  • June 20, 2016 at 9:22 am

    What a neat idea for kids! This would be a fun craft for a birthday party, too!

  • June 20, 2016 at 7:53 am

    This is darling! When I think back on all the lost opportunity from pizza boxes when my girls were growing up I shake my head. Darn! Such a fun craft and making clothes and outfits would be fun for you both to do together. Pinned!

    • June 21, 2016 at 3:52 am

      Haha, “the lost opportunities”.
      Thank you for the pin Wendi!

  • June 18, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Such a clever and cute idea! If I had a daughter (which will never happen since I am waaay past that stage and child-bearing age), I would totally try this out.


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