Free Vintage Graphics: French Paper Dolls / Hinged Figures

Looking for something creative to do with the kids while they are still off for the holidays? I remembered these vintage graphics of adorable hinged paper dolls graphics I had in my stash and had to share.  Like little 2D marionettes, these figures – in their gorgeous French country colors – would be perfect printed at any size and easily posed in various positions when using simple Paper Craft Brads like these I found at Paper Source in black:

black brads

Craft stores sell them in a variety of colors such as gold, silver or copper, but you might also be able to find them in office supply stores as well.

So here’s 3 beauties to inspire your creativity – a marionette, a fair maiden, and a circus horse. Simply right click on the image, select “Save Image As” and save the graphics file to your computer.

free vintage graphics - hinged paper dolls marionette

free vintage graphics - hinged paper dolls maiden

free vintage graphics - hinged paper dolls horse

Adjust their size as needed, print them up, carefully cut them out, and make something fun!

My suggestions?  Here’s a few ideas for my paper dolls:

  • string them on a ribbon garland
  • secure them in a shadowbox at various depths with a gorgeous patterned background
  • attach them to wooden dowels or decorative straws and prop them in a jar of jelly beans or glass beads for use in a future puppet show

The possibilities are endless! Be sure to share your projects with me via email or send me a link.  If you decide to share them online, I’d surely appreciate a link back to my site. Thanks and happy crafting!

For info on use of my free graphique images, click here.

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