Doodle a 3D Self-Portrait

Looking for more ways to create unique self-portraits? We're excited to show you how to make your self-portraits come to life with your 3D pen and plastics. When you’re finished with your 3D self-portrait, share it @3Doodler #3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate. Check out our blog post for project ideas you can work on today.
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What You'll Need

1 Take a selfie!

You’ll need a physical photograph of yourself to use as a stencil for your self-portrait. Edit your photo to black-and-white for easier Doodling. Choose an image that is silly, sassy, serious or anything in between. If you don’t have a photograph, ask your parents to take a quick picture of you using a mobile phone, then print it out on an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper on your home printer.

2 Collect your materials

In addition to a photo, you’ll need a few other materials. For this project, these include your 3Doodler pen and plastics, some clear tape (or your 3Doodler DoodlePad), and the thin nozzle tip from the 3Doodler Nozzle Set if you are working with a Create+ 3D Pen.

3 Trace your face

Place your photograph under the DoodlePad, or cover it with clear packaging tape as we've done here. This will help your Doodle peel off easily from the stencil when you are done. Using your 3D pen (and the thin nozzle attachment if you have it), trace your face using your favorite plastics. You can choose skin-toned plastic colors to make a realistic 3D self-portrait, or you can work with a more unique palette. We have a huge selection to choose from -- including neon, metallic, and others!

4 Fill in the details

When your Doodle has hardened, gently peel your face off of the DoodlePad. Feel free to embellish your design with new details -- long eyelashes, a crazy shirt, a big nose. You can make yourself into anything you can imagine.

5 Display your design

Once you are happy with your self-portrait, it’s time to show it off to the world. Hang it from a thread as wall art, gift ot to grandparents, or Doodle a stand like the one in the gif that keeps your portrait upright.

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