How To Sew A Small Doll By Hand

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25Apr
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How to sew a small doll by hand No. 21 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: ‘The Fonz’   Isn’t it funny how crafty projects can take on a life of their own? I know that each doll I’ve been making of late has begun life as a ‘project’, and has morphed into a ‘personality’ or a ‘character’.  This…

Paper Finger Puppet Dolls For Storytelling

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1Mar
Finger Puppet Dolls For Storytelling

30 Days of Dolls: Paper finger puppet dolls for storytelling No. 12: A Finger Family for Nursery Rhyme Fun In my quest to make a variety of dolls in this 30 days of dolls series, I wanted to be sure to make dolls out of all kinds of materials. Doll making doesn’t have to be limited to using fabric or…

DIY Christmas Angel Peg Dolls

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11Dec
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DIY Christmas Angel Peg Dolls   Inspired by Margaret Bloom’s new book “Making Peg Dolls and More” published by Hawthorn Press, I decided to tackle a project I’ve had on my to-do list for a while now. To make Christmas Angel peg dolls. I’m a little bit in love with how they turned out.  Ooooooo! Cute! If you want to…

How to Make a Tooth Fairy Doll

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13May
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How To Make A Tooth Fairy Doll No. 24 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series   Ned lost his second baby tooth last week, and we needed a little tooth pillow-y thing to pop it in. His first tooth went into a little gold origami box just like this one, but this box is still holding his gold coin…

How To Make A Handmade Card For Teacher

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30Oct
How To Make A Handmade Card For Teacher

  How To Make A Handmade Card For Teacher 3D Pop-Up Doll Dard No. 23 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series   With Christmas approaching, lots of people start thinking about Christmas gifts for their child’s teacher. If you, like me, have been blessed with a teacher who has shone a bright light upon your child and loved them…

Simple Paper Puppets For Kids To Make

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27Oct
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Simple paper puppets for kids to make No. 22 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: The King with moving limbs   Dolls can be made very simply just by using paper and a few paper fasteners (brads). This paper doll has moving limbs, so would be a lovely puppet in a puppet show. This is also something children can…

How To Make A Standing Doll For Play Using Felt

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15Oct
How To Make A Standing Doll For Play Using Felt

How to make a standing doll for play using felt No. 19 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: Lovely Flower Girl   I’ve been making simple standing dolls ever since I started working in a Waldorf kindergarten. Some were huge, standing at least 30-35 cm tall. (In hindsight, a big dud.) Others were tiny and cute, only 5 or…

How To Make Wee Folk Dolls With Beads

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14Oct
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How to make wee folk dolls with beads. No. 18 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: A variation on Waldorf doll ‘root children’, this apple child will set your heart aflutter.   Many years ago, I remember seeing a little ‘root child’ made of two dark brown beads glued together, covered in brown material. I also had something similar…

How to make a simple doll from a circle of handmade felt

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11Oct
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How to make a simple doll from a circle of handmade felt No. 17 in the 30 Days of Dolls series: There are so many fun things you can do with a piece of handmade felt- horse reins, candle holders, felt bowls , and of course, storytelling landscape mats for children to use in play, are just a few of the things in my…

How To Make A Doll In A Matchbox Party Favour

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9Oct
Doll In A Matchbox Party Favour

Doll in a Matchbox Party Favour   No. 16 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: “Jack & the Beanstalk“   Have you ever seen a doll in a matchbox party favour, birthday treasure, or toy? These sweet but super simple dolls come in all shapes and sizes. I have quite a few I’ve collected from Waldorf fairs, fetes and…

Handmade Decorations For Kids Bedrooms: “Bits and Bobs” King Doll

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8Oct
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Handmade decorations for kids bedrooms: No. 15 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: Bits and Bobs King Doll   I use wool felt in lots of craft. I love it. But it’s not cheap and I don’t want the the leftovers from a project or after cutting out a template to go to waste. When I worked at Silkwood Kindergarten…

How To Make Simple Handmade Toys For Babies: Roll Up Doll

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7Oct
How to make simple handmade toys for babies

How to make simple handmade toys for babies: “Roll Up Doll” No. 14 in the 30 Days of Dolls series.   Over the years, I’ve heard so many friends (and fellow teachers) describe their challenge of how to make simple handmade toys for babies, and it’s usually to do with the fact that babies put everything in their mouths. So it seems…

How To Make Felt Finger Puppets For Kids: Jester pattern

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2Oct
How To Make Felt Finger Puppets For Kids

30 Days of Dolls: How to make felt finger puppets for kids No. 13: Finger-walking Jester Doll   Another way you can make a finger puppet is to use your fingers as the legs, just like this guy. I’ve made these before using paper too, but this felt version is much more robust. And of course, you can change his…

How to make a doll with wooden beads

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11Sep
How to make a doll with wooden beads

30 Days of Dolls: How to make a doll with wooden beads  No. 11: A little rainbow elf to guard your keys   I made this little guy recently to hang alongside my keys. He injects a nice little bit of rainbow into my office. I kind of like that. I’m a rainbow girl at heart. Big, vibrant rainbows. Not…

How to make a fairy door with FIMO modelling clay

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10Sep
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30 Days of Dolls: No. 10 How to make a fairy door with FIMO modelling clay Brought to you by STAEDTLER We’ve been talking a bit about the ‘Tooth Fairy’ around here of late. Ned is 5 and a half, and although there is NO movement in his teeth yet whatsoever, he is very excited about the prospect of the…