Disney Princess Dress Paper Templates
After being given the important task of creating a princess tea party banner for my 3-year old niece’s birthday, I started looking for inspiration. Right away I found the perfect concept – a string of paper Disney princess dresses spelling out her name. My sister encouraged me to be realistic, that something “less elaborate” would be perfectly fine. But fine isn’t good enough. I was up for the challenge and had several weeks to complete it. I imagined it might be a bit time consuming to cut all the dress pieces and arrange them together, but I would certainly be able to find a template to use for the shapes. After all, this was not a unique concept to the internet and most of these characters have been around forever. After a lot of digging I was disappointed to find that, although there were many pictures floating around of all variations of these paper dress banners, not one came with a decent set of instructions. The template of my dreams it seemed, did not exist.
After recovering from the shock of not being able to find something I needed on the internet, I resolved to create my own template, with a few variations for the different dress styles I saw in pictures. I never planned to spend more than a few hours on this, but once I got started it was easy to get carried away. I referenced the paper dress photos I had found to create the most recognizable shapes for Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Belle (Beauty and the Beast). Then I felt the set was incomplete without my niece’s favorite, Elsa (though I think she is actually a queen?) and my own childhood favorite, Ariel, so I created an additional two styles for a total of 6 templates. With different color combinations the Cinderella template can also be used for Rapunzel (Tangled) or Sofia the First, and the Belle template for Tiana (The Princess and the Frog). All 6 templates plus the 2 extra variations will give you 8 dresses / characters.
If you are ready to download the templates, skip to the bottom!
Outlines and character options for all 6 cutout templates:
For the paper I used a variety pack of 65 pound colored cardstock. This weight was a good combination of easy to cut and sturdy, but you could definitely go heavier. Color guidelines for each piece are written on all of the templates, but use whatever looks right to you (or whatever you have). For extra credit, try adding in some glitter paper for Elsa, Cinderella and Belle.
Printed templates, ready to cut. Yes you will have a lot of scraps left over. Save them for another project. Each Disney princess dress template is designed to print on standard, 8.5 x 11 inch paper on one or two pages. The finished, cut and assembled dresses are between 9 and 10 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide.
Cut shapes coming to life, just missing the last few details. After cutting, flip your pieces over so the children at the party will never know you used a template. Top row: Ariel, Sofia (or Rapunzel), Snow White, Tiana. Bottom row: Elsa, Belle, Aurora, Cinderella.
Ways to Use the Dress Templates
Party Decor for any Disney or Princess themed party:
- Birthday girl name banner – Create duplicates for names longer than 8 characters. Print out large block letters in reverse on white paper. Cut and attach to the skirt portion of each dress.
- Wall or chair decorations – Attach a princess dress cutout to the back of every chair so each party attendee has her own character. Be careful if everyone wants the same character.
- Guess the Disney Princess Dress game – Be prepared for a few arguments. Depending on the crowd, some children may be sassy enough to point out that these simplified versions are not entirely accurate to the actual dresses.
- Print out templates on white cardstock for girls to color and cut their own princess dress. Include jewels and glitter for an extra fun, messy time. This could make a good rainy day, slumber party or babysitting activity too.
Bedroom Decor for the ultimate princess lover:
- Some of these are so adorable I want to hang them on my own wall. Each will fit perfectly in an 8 x 10 inch frame.
6 Disney Princess Dress Templates
Each button links to a high quality PDF scaled for 8.5 x 11 inch paper
The Snow White template is a single, 8.5 x 11 inch page. Here I printed the same template in each top and bottom color to save time. The top overlaps slightly with the bottom, but you may want to add an extra piece of cardstock behind for support. The top teardrop detail may be done in red or using yellow scraps from the skirt.
The Belle template is a single, 8.5 x 11 inch page. Once cut out, the middle attaches on top of the skirt and the top slightly overlaps with the middle. This template can also be used for Tiana in a combination of greens and yellows.
The Ariel template prints on 2, 8.5 x 11 inch pages. Once cut out, the top attaches and overlaps with the skirt. The top teardrop detail may be done using scraps from the skirt color. You may have seen some pictures of Ariel wearing a turquoise / green dress which is apparently a recently “reimagined” version. I chose to go with the gown she wears in the movie.
The Elsa template prints on 2, 8.5 x 11 inch pages. Once cut out, the top attaches and overlaps with the skirt.