I got the supplies at the dollar store (and from my stash).
1 or 2 sheets of white poster board, $1 ($.50 each at Dollar Tree)
Clean clothes to trace, on hand
Paint and paintbrushes, on hand
1/4" elastic, $1 or so
Stapler and staples
Headband (optional), on hand or $1
Total Cost: $2 and up
Time for construction: About 1 hour, including paint drying time.
Step 1: Step 1: Trace Clothing
You can trace any clothing you want. Just remember to draw on a couple of strategically-located rectangular "tabs" - at shoulders and sides. This is crucial for selling the paper doll idea!
After you're done tracing, don't forget to draw on realistic details like buttons, zippers, bows, lace, seams, etc.
Trace over pencil with a thick-tipped black marker.
Step 2: Step 2: Paint Clothing
Let the paint dry.
When paint is dry, cut clothing out around the outside outline.
Step 3: Step 3: Attach Straps
Add an elastic strap at the waist using the same technique. The piece of elastic should be as wide as the waist, with 2" added.
For pants, add a waistband strap, and straps at the ankles.
Step 4: Step 4: Make a Paper Doll Headband
Color and cut as you did in Step 2.
To attach bow to headband, fold lower tabs around headband and tape to back of bow.
Step 5: Tips
Paint brush: Use a large foam paintbrush to quickly cover your outfit with paint, or use a sponge to create a textured look (this is great for jeans).
Best paints for this project: acrylic craft paint, tempera or poster paint. Bright, bold colors are best for this project.
What to Wear Under Your Costume: Wear neutral clothing underneath your paper doll costume. A white or black shirt and jeans or leggings would be a great choice. Wear shoes that compliment the paper doll's outfit.
For more great cheap craft and Halloween ideas, visit my site: Dollar Store Crafts