It's time to get out the sticky stuff - Tacky glue, rubber cement, double sided tape, regular tape, strapping tape, PPA. You may only need one.
Tip: for all paper gluing projects, I prefer dabs of Aleene's Tacky Glue. It comes in a brownish gold bottle and is sold at craft stores, like Hobby Lobby.
You are looking for words or letters or phrases that your paperdoll would like to feature.
You are looking for fun printed textures, such as an ad with a closeup of a fabric, or a photo of the sea. You can use these for making your own budget 'clothing' line!
Bits of leftover scrapbooking paper and scraps of lace are a great addition.
Don't forget - you can use copies or original paper doll clothes!
Good sources for recycled bases:
old paper dolls
cardboard shirt inserts
cardboard inserts from calendars
thin wood, like balsa
cereal boxes, or other boxes made from thin cardboard
Lay your doll base down on a scrap of paper or craft mat. Get out those 'body' clippings, and gathered treasures. Play with combinations. Do you want arms? What position? Are you adding embellishments to the head? Do you want a head?! Have fun. Step outside your safe creativity and go for wild!
Here are more examples for you to peruse (such a great word!):