Origami Paper Vintage Dress Banner
This paper vintage DIY dress banner is designed for a little girls room. It’s hanging up on the mantel for the photos then it’s going into an envelope as an Easter gift. It’s perfect for hanging over a closet or a bed frame. This one is going to hang in a dress-up playroom for my granddaughters.
Like most paper crafts this banner is very inexpensive to put together. I considered making it with pretty fabric using an iron to make the creases but decided to do it with pretty cardstock so the dresses would stay crisp.
Vintage Dress Banner Tutorial
The little vintage dress banner only takes an hour to fold the dresses once you have practice. I have done a video (sorry my over explanation on it) that you can follow if you prefer, it’s at the end of the post. But I have also included a step by step tutorial here as well.
Paper Dress Banner Supplies
3 – 12 by 12 pieces of cardstock (1 makes four dresses)
Scissors to cut the cardstock into squares
Glue and accessories (optional)
Thread, bakers twine, or lights to hang the dresses
String of lights of hanging
It’s better to use 12″ by 12″ cardstock as you get four miniature vintage paper dresses for each piece. My initial plan was to use up some 8″ by 11″ cardstock I had, but it uses too much paper.
Take a 6-inch square piece of cardstock, place pattern side down and fold in half.
Open and fold the outside edges into the middle on both sides.
Open and flip over the pattern side will be face up.
Take the outside FOLD and fold it into the middle, do it on both sides.
Flip over, the pattern will be facing downwards.
Fold from the bottom almost in half leaving 1/3 inch (cm) at the top.
Now take the same piece and fold it down back onto itself leaving another 1/3 inch (cm) fold.
Flip over the pattern side will be facing you.
You can see how the dress is starting to form with two parts, the smaller top will form the blouse area and the longer part will become the skirt.
Starting at the top, fold down the two inner corners to form a collar.
Next, take the bottom two portions and pull up and outwards a little bit to form the A- line of the skirt portion. Gently pat it down and form the second creases. Do on both sides and flip the dress over.
Being very careful. Bring the back of the upper portion back and unfold the upper portion to form the V neckline. It will be almost square on the back.
Fold the two sides of the upper portion over to narrow the top part,
Fold over the edges of the skirt making sure to crease it into an A-line. Do on both sides and flip over. You’re almost done.
There are two little paper tabs showing in the top of the v-neck, fold them outwards making the little cap sleeves.
If you prefer here is the link to the vintage banner video.
For this banner, I made a dozen dresses for a 12-foot battery operated light string.
The dresses are finished and can be used as is. Decorating the dresses is optional, they look adorable and vintage just as they are. I chose to dress mine up a little bit with some odds and ends from my craft room.
Play around and see what you like, just be aware of the proportions of the dress. For example, I wanted to put rick rack on my pink dress but even though my rick rack was small it did not look proportional when placed on a miniature paper dress.
These little dresses received some glue on buttons and little bits of paper lace.
Hanging the Origami Dresses
To make sure the dresses hold together and lay flat glue some of the folds into place on the back of the dress. Let dry.
Hang the dresses from the lights using miniature laundry pins. They work very well as you can suspend the lights first where you want them, and then hang your dresses up in the best direction.
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