Does anyone have a suggestion for weighting a doll? Meaning when I stuff a doll with polyfill I would also like to stuff it with weights to make it feel more real. I have used plastic pellets, but I'm looking for something with a little more weight because the plastic pellets are just not giving it enough weight.
I have been told to use "fishing weights", but I don't want to use them because they are made with lead. The only weights that I have found without lead are not heavy enough. I will need to use several in order to get the doll heavy enough. Please if anyone has suggestions please send them to me. Any and all suggestions welcome. Thanks.
By MHolley from Lawrenceville, GA
Try filling the doll with unpopped popcorn. I have a crocheted animal that has the bottom stuffed with the kernels. Works great!
How about dried beans?
Dried peas or lentils. Also, just so you know, there are non-lead fishing sinkers available which are made from either steel, brass or tungsten.
May I suggest using wheat or rice as a filling.
I make fabric snowmen and only use kitty litter. It holds it's shape and work great. I don't like using dried beans or rice because being food it could draw mice.
I suggest using rice like a few of the other posters did. By the way, we are neighbors, I live in Monroe! Small world!
I suggest rice or dried beans put into a small plastic bag. (ziplock). I haven't had a problem with bugs or mice even without the plastic bags.
Never use food items like rice, beans, popcorn, they attract bugs and vermin and eventually will rot. Sometimes they even contain insect eggs that could hatch. Try the marbles or stones used in vases, aquarium pebbles, washed and dried pebbles from your own yard, pea gravel, or non-dyed aquarium gravel. Only use non-toxic material that won't cause discoloration or staining from within if the entire doll should become soaking wet (it happens). Moistened cat litter could cause stains and would probably dry in hard lumps.
Try decorative gravel or aquarium sand? Michaels and other craft stores often sell "polished" (well varnished anyway) small stones, about dried bean size that might work well.
If your worried about bugs in the rice, wheat or beans, throw the grains in the freezer for up to 30 days (30 to 60 days is ideal) and any bugs or bug eggs are supposed to be killed by the cold. We use a similar idea to store grains for long term storage and were told this was the best way to keep flour, rice and other items from getting those pesky flour beetles in them. I think the idea came from Mother Earth News but we heard it on our frugal living group.
how about marbles you can get at dollar store real cheap. ;)
Try going to your local farm store and buying buckwheat. Usually sells from a bin and you buy what you need. I use this for all of my therapy heating bags. Never use marbles and such, if the doll ever splits open it is a choking danger.
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