Sunday, January 26, 2014

Disney Princess Paper Dolls {Updated Tutorial}

Disney 3D Paper Dolls_Silhouette Tutorial

When I started making tutorials about Silhouette Studio back in 2010-2011, I was sharing what I had discovered in order to ease the learning process for others.  Well, I've learned a few more tricks the past few years and still want to share them so you can get the most out of your Silhouette machines.

Nearly three years ago, I made a Disney Princess Paper Doll tutorial that shows how to use Photoshop Elements to prepare a PDF file for tracing in Studio, then how to trace to turn those free downloads into Silhouette print & cut files.  Although everything in that post still works, I've made a simpler video tutorial with less steps.  I've also made a second video tutorial that doesn't use PSE at all--it uses a free PDF printer program to get the same result.

First, if you don't have a Silhouette machine, go ahead and just download these adorable paper doll files (links provided below) to cut out with scissors.  You don't need to read further.  (But you should seriously consider getting one of these awesome machines!)

Here is my updated tutorial for using Photoshop Elements to turn a free Disney PDF into a Silhouette Studio print & cut file:

Here is a video tutorial for converting a free Disney PDF into a Silhouette Studio print & cut file without using Photoshop Elements (you will need to use a PDF printer program like Bullzip PDF Printer):

Finally, here is a video tutorial for using Photoshop Elements to prepare a PDF file with a transparent background when it is difficult to trace due to white and light colors near the edges:

The Disney sites can be a little cumbersome to navigate and find each princess, so I'll put a direct link to each princess 3D printable (although you're sure to find other treasures as you search through their printables).  LINKS UPDATED 11-4-2014.  My tutorials should help turn any color-filled printable into a print & cut.

Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
Tiana (Princess and the Frog)
Snow White
Anna (Frozen)
Elsa (Frozen)
Sofia the First

(Pssst...for you moms of boys, the Disney website also has Mater and Lightning McQueen, Buzz Lightyear, and Agent P 3D papercrafts, to name a few.  I haven't tried those yet.  Check out's 3D paper crafts, too!)

Here are a few of the paper dolls I made since my original post.

Elsa and Anna 3D Paper Dolls

Pocahontas 3D Paper Doll

Merida 3D Paper Doll

One final note.  If you found my original paper-doll tutorial through Pinterest, please pin this post so the simplest tutorial gets circulated.  Thanks!


  1. What a lot of work you have gone through for all these. You are so amazing! Thank you so much, Kelly! I'm sure the day will come when our itty bitty princess will really love these!

  2. Thank you for this Kelly. I always learn so much from your tutorials. I did try to pin to Pintrest but I keep getting a message saying "Not a Valid Image".

    1. Thank you for letting me know about the image problem, Donna. I'll see what I can figure out. :)

  3. Can't you just share the cut files with us? hee hee :)

    My daughter is going to be so excited with these!!

    1. I don't have permission from Disney to share their files directly. Once you've done one or two dolls, it only takes a few minutes to convert and trace each one. Assembling them is an entirely different matter... ;)

  4. When you say "color filled printable" does that mean that the cut file will print out on the Cameo in color and then cut out the colored shapes?

    1. You need a color printer to do the printing, then the Cameo can cut out any page printed with registration marks. The Cameo is not a printer. Let me know if you still have questions. :)

  5. Kelly,
    Thank you so much for the video you did on converting and tracing 3D paperdolls I do have a question. I followed all your instructions given in the video and I was able to make my image into a PNG. original PDF has two pages. When I open it in Silhouette, I only get the first page. Did I or should I do something to get page 2? Or is it there somewhere, and I just don't see it.

    When on the Bullzip print window, it does say two pages, so I am confused (or maybe a better term would be lost!).

    Again, thank you for your help.

    1. That's a good question. I don't think it will save multiple-page PNGs.

      If you're using the PDF printer option, I would save/print them as individual pages. Your print options should let you name the page number or choose "current page". Select the first page, name it "princess __ p1" when you designate what to name it and where to save it. Once that PNG document is created, do the same with the second page but name it "princess __ p2". I hope that helps!

  6. Kelly, that is great information. I really do appreciate your help and expertise.

    Also, I am sorry to hear that you are under the weather. I hope you get to feeling better quickly.

    Love to you, Tawn

    1. Thanks, Tawn! I am feeling much better now. :)

  7. I'm new to this feature so hopefully my question doesn't make me sound too dumb. I don't have PSE so I am using the Bullzip option. So I have done all that is on your tutorial but the printed copy that I'm having the Silhouette cut out does not have each piece in the same place, so how does it know where to cut? Does that make sense?

    1. Ok so I think I understand a little better. I now print from that Silhouette document I created with each piece and then cut it. But how do I print that specific Silhouette document? I told you I was new at this. ;)

    2. In Silhouette Studio, by performing a trace and making sure the cut lines are on (shown in the tutorial), you have designated invisible lines that the machine knows where to cut as long as you have registration marks turned on.

      In the upper left menu area you will see a printer icon. That's where you can print the document. Or go to File>Print. Either way should bring up a printer dialog box where you can verify you have your correct printer selected and check that the page size and orientation matches the document on your screen.

      Let me know if you're still stuck or confused. :)

    3. Thank you! I will try that today. :)

  8. Aww Man these are so very cute, I love the way you made them!!!!


  9. Which paper works better for these paper dolls, printer or cardstock?

    1. I haven't tried regular printer paper, but I do like plain white cardstock. My son does a lot of printable paper crafts and says he prefers cardstock over printer paper, as well.