How to make bride and groom paper dolls

Updated November 21, 2016

Creating bride and groom paper dolls is a fun activity for children or stag and hen parties. Paper dolls are inexpensive and require only paper, coloured pencils or markers and scissors. Follow these steps to easily create your own unconnected or chain bride and groom paper dolls.

Single paper dolls

Draw the outline of a doll on a sheet of heavy paper or lightweight cardboard. If you do not plan on making separate clothes for your paper doll, shape the outline according to what a bride or groom would wear. For example, draw a bride paper doll in the shape of a person wearing a dress.

Use the scissors to cut your paper doll out carefully.

Decorate the paper doll to resemble a bride or groom if you do not wish to make clothing. For the bride, outline the dress to resemble a wedding gown and perhaps add some golden hair and jewellery. For the groom, colour in a morning suit with a matching tie.

Make clothing for your bride or groom paper doll, if desired. Use the figure you have cut out as a template to draw clothing on coloured or white paper. Add tabs to the clothing, such as on the sides, so you can secure the clothing to the paper doll. Cut a long dress out of white paper for a bride and a tailcoat out of a darker paper for the groom. Decorate the clothing to make it resemble realistic bridal attire.

Paper-doll chains

Cut a piece of A4 paper in half lengthwise.

Accordion-fold the piece of paper into quarters. Each quarter will form a paper doll in the chain.

Draw a doll figure on the top layer of the folded paper. If you do not plan on making clothes for your paper doll chains, draw the bride figure so that it is wearing a dress. The arms of the figure should extend to the edge of the folds.

Carefully cut the doll figure out of the folded stack of paper. You now have a chain of four paper dolls.

Follow Steps 3 and 4 of Section 1 to make your paper dolls resemble brides or grooms. Make chains of four brides or four grooms or use the clothing to make a chain of alternating brides and grooms.


Glue sections of yarn to the heads of your paper dolls to resemble hair. Use larger sheets of paper if you wish to make longer doll chains.

Things You'll Need

  • Thick paper or lightweight cardboard
  • Coloured paper
  • A4 white paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or pencil crayons
  • Pencil
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