You Will Need ...
  1. 2 Photos - Printed on card stock

  2. Scissors

  3. Hole Punch

  4. Wire Brads (smallest is best)

  5. Coffee Stir Sticks

  6. Jewels & Embellishments

  7. Markers

  8. Optional: Envelope

  9. Hot Glue Gun

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Step 1: 

Take a good, full body photo of your subject. Ideally your subject would pose like Phoebe did in this example. Print two of these pictures on 8.5 x 11 white card stock.

Step 2: 

Carefully cut out the image of your model.

Step 3: 

Use one of your total body cut-outs as the lower body, torso and head of the puppet.

Step 4: 

From the second copy cut out the arms and legs, rounding off the edges (like a paper doll).  You will want to cut a little into the body of the figure so as to leave some overlap when connecting.

Step 5: 

Think about all the joints that will be moving, and again with one side rounded, cut out carefully. Essentially, you will be cutting at the knees and elbows.  You could have the body still and just the head move, or you can have the arms and legs as single pieces. It's up to you.

Step 6: 

I decided to make both arms and legs jointed, so I cut out extra parts.

Step 7: 

Punch holes in every joint. Be certain to not punch too close to the edge of the paper.

Step 8: 

Insert your wire brad into each joint and seal the matching body part.

Step 9: 

Fold the back of the wire brads against themselves in order to avoid leaving sharp edges.

Step 10: 

Attach all of the joints of your doll using the brads.

Step 11: 

Glue stir sticks to the back of the paper doll to create your puppet.  I recommend you place one at each hand and one behind the back.

Step 12: 

Embellish, embellish, embellish! Write a love note, a funny joke or add even more puppets!

Step 13: 

Place in an envelope and address it to your valentine.  You are all done!

All Ages
Craft Length: 
15 - 30 minutes
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
1 adult per 10 children