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Doll Making Tips

Category Dollmaking
homemade doll
Unique dolls can be created with a variety of materials. This guide contains doll making tips.
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January 24, 2012

The kid's really enjoyed helping with this one. They're fun and cute to make for ornaments in the kids' rooms.

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  1. Put newspaper on your work surface.
  2. Paint the clay pot red and the Styrofoam ball pink.
  3. Let dry about 1/2 hour.
  4. Cut lengths of pink wool and glue to top of the Styrofoam ball.
  5. Cut a child's sock at the ankle for the hat, cut ends into fringe. Tie a ribbon around the sock just below the fringe. Put the hat on the pink Styrofoam ball.
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    Note: You may want to glue in place.
  6. Glue the eyes on and make a nose and mouth with black marker.
  7. Cut out little circles from red felt for cheeks and glue on.
  8. Put sucker stick through bottom of your doll's head and stick into the hole in bottom of clay pot.
  9. Cut a small pink heart and a red one from felt and glue on front of clay pot.
  10. Let dry for a bit.

Now it is ready to display in your child's room.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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June 24, 20051 found this helpful

I make and sell Raggedy Ann and Andy, quilts, and various fabric crafts at our local Farmers Market here in Moses Lake, Washington. If you think that's something you'd like to do with your own talents, let me give you a time saving tip.

For the dolls, Sunday or Monday is cut out day. I cut all doll parts and clothing needed for a few months at a time. Then as I get short on dolls, I spend a few days sewing some up; in assembly line order. The quilts get done in the winter time, and sometimes while I'm sitting at the Farmers Market on Saturdays.

I have the small plastic drawers where I can keep everything organized so I never have to look for body parts or boys or girls clothing. It's so much faster and fun to be organized.

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October 20, 2009

Does anyone remember the dolls with crocheted dresses, hats, etc. (Southern Belles)? I need to know a source for the plastic heads, to finish one someone else started. Many thanks.

By CINNY from Lady Lake, FL

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October 20, 20090 found this helpful

Years ago Walmart used to have them in the craft section. have you tried looking at craft stores such as joanns, hobby lobby and michaels or looking on their websites?

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October 20, 20090 found this helpful

Years ago Walmart used to have them in the craft section. have you tried looking at craft stores such as joanns, hobby lobby and michaels or looking on their websites?

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October 21, 20090 found this helpful

Try sunshine crafts.com it used to be based in florida years ago as a huge craft store that sold EVERYTHING now i think its just mail order just something to check out

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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

Michaels Craft store had them a few years back. I had to pick them up for Mom, she made one of these dolls for each of her 5 granddaughters. She picked out ones that matched each childs hair color.

Good luck.

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March 9, 20151 found this helpful

What is the simplest way to put yarn hair on a doll's head? Also, what is the best way to make the yarn hair?

By Susan P. from Cortland, NY

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March 30, 2009

Does anyone remember the dolls made out of real potatoes, and if you do can, you tell me how they're made.

By Sherry from Deming, New Mexico

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March 31, 20090 found this helpful

I have heard of using Apples but not potatoes. It seems as if the potato would rot.

If you use an apple, simply carve out the face you want then let it dry.

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April 1, 20090 found this helpful

I've also only heard of (and years ago made) dried apple head dolls. I used to make corn husk dolls, too. That's a beautiful example in the photo! On one corn husk doll I made for my mother I attached a much smaller corn husk doll to its hand - a dolly for the doll! Mom loved it and used it for many years as her Christmas tree topper. When she died a few years ago at 93, the doll came full circle back to me, and now decorates my own Christmas trees. Wonderful memories.

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March 30, 20090 found this helpful

Has anyone ever dried a potato to use as a face for a doll? Does anyone know of any raw material that can be used after drying for a doll face other than apples? Any help would be great. Thanks.

Denise from Mcrae, GA

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Dried Potato for Making a Dolls Face

Have you tried a yam? Also, be sure to put lemon juice or citric acid on the potato or apple to stop it form turning dark brown. (09/15/2008)

By Cyinda

Dried Potato for Making a Dolls Face

Google:
corn husk dolls and corncob dolls.
(09/16/2008)

By melody_yesterday

RE: Dried Potato for Making a Dolls Face

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