This is a guest post from Beth.


I wanted to share this easy, fun and cheap way to make accessories for your dolls!  I recently became interested in making doll-sized photographs for my dolls. I started using real vintage photographs from my family.

The first step is to take the family photograph you want to copy and digitize it. You can either scan the picture, using a scanner, or take a picture of the photograph with a digital camera.

Another option is to use Google to locate vintage photos that have already been digitized. For example, you can do a Google image search to find photographs of Laura Ingalls Wilder or Amelia Earhart.

There are AT LEAST three ways that I can think of to make doll-sized photos, depending on what resources you have at your disposal.

If you have a printer and photo paper at home, you can paste the photos into a Word document or other software, resize them to the size you want, and print on photo paper.

If you don’t have a printer at home, or you lack photo paper, you can have your photos printed at many different places, such as Walgreen, Wal-Mart or CVS.

Wallet-sized photos are perfect for dolls! You can upload a photograph to the website of any place that prints digital photos and choose that it be printed in wallet size. This costs about a dollar per four photos.

What I like to do to save a little money is to use Paint or another photo editing software to create one large jpg image with four copies of the same picture. I then upload this picture to the website and print it as a 5 by 6 picture. When I cut the four pictures apart, the are perfectly doll-sized. This way I get four pictures for only about 19 cents.

You may wonder what I do with four copies of the same picture. I keep one copy for myself and mail the other three pictures to my cousins and their dolls! That way everyone gets to enjoy the lovely pictures from our family’s past.

My mom and I looked for a small photo album meant for wallet sized pictures. This one is perfect for a doll-sized photo album.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to vintage photographs, either. You can use pictures of yourself, your dolls, your pets, or anything you can think of!


Thanks so much Beth, for sending in this great idea!