Wedding Cake Topper # 1: How to make a Japanese Paper Doll Set (Chapter 1)

Phiona Pham, Artist focusing on handmade paper dolls

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11 Videos (27m)
    • Cake Topper Japanese Doll Intro

    • Intro to chapter 1

    • Materials and Measurements

    • Assembling the Head

    • Assembling the Body

    • Groom's kimono measurements

    • Assembling groom's shirt

    • Assembling groom's skirt

    • Add ribbon to the belt

    • Assembling groom's hair

    • Assembling the Jacket


About This Class

If you love DIY project and are looking for ways to add a personal touch to your wedding’s decoration, this class is perfect for you. I will walk you through how I make Japanese doll set cake topper out of papers. Not only are these dolls very unique, adorable and elegant, they are also fun to make and will add another set of skill to your portfolio. In addition, these dolls can serve as a great gift to your special someone or a cute little decoration piece at your desk.

Please check the project section to download the list of materials and measurements






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Phiona Pham

Artist focusing on handmade paper dolls

Hi y’all!

My name is Phiona and I’m from my favorite place ever, Dallas TX! Woohoo!!! I have been here for a while now, and I love it because of so many good times. I got married to my high school sweetheart here, made life- long friends, adopted pets, and most of all had the wackiest roommate ever. She was crazy but so fun, loving, and inspiration. Furthermore, Dallas has a great art district, which allowed me to learn many new concepts and fine-tune ideas. A lot of my works are inspired by my family, friends, and Dallas. My main expertise is 3D paper dolls, but I also experiment with other mediums, such as charcoal, oil painting, photography, and so forth.

And here is a little bit about me. I was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, South of Vietnam. Since I was little, I’d always wanted to be an artist yet this career choice did not really fit into the family tradition, hence; I left Vietnam to come to America to actualize my dream. Attending the University of Texas at Dallas provided me chances to try out different mediums and artistic styles. In 2009, I came across Korean paper dolls on the Internet and I was mesmerized by their elegance and delicacy. Since then, I devoted my time to develop my own version of paper dolls despite the linguistic challenge. Until today, I’ve been successfully constructed various kinds of paper dolls, using both crepe and handcrafted papers from Japan, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. My old roommate was terrified of dolls because of the horror movie Chuckie, so now and then, I would scare her with my creations to get a good laugh.

If you love handmade dolls, crafting or even just art in general, I hope my courses will give you new ideas for your next projects, perhaps a birthday gift for your daughter, wedding presents to friends, or even new products for your business. I know how hard it is to stay creative and inspired always, so I hope I can create a community where collective passion fuel our state of creativity and thereby, helping us advance our artworks.

Thank you for dropping by!

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