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 Santa Doll using a Wood-and-Wire Frame

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3Dec
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How to make a Santa doll using a wood and wire frame Project 29 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.   When you want to tell (instead of read) Santa and Christmas stories, it’s helpful to have a Santa toy prop. You can make this simple one using a wood and wire frame in next to no time at all….

How to Make An Angel Christmas Ornament for the Tree

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22Nov
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How to make an Angel Christmas Ornament using FIMO Project 22 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting. Last month, during the 30 Days of Sweet Handmade Dolls series, I made an angel out of painted paper. This angel was a take on a paper angel I learned to make years and years ago. An oldie but a goodie. With this…

How To Make Christmas Hair Accessories #1: Elf Hair Comb

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15Nov
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How to make Christmas Hair Accessories #1: Elf Hair Comb Project 15 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.   Hair accessories are always a good place to throw in a little Christmas spirit. And these STAEDTLER FIMO elf-inspired hair combs are so cute, little girls might just want to wear them on days other than Christmas. But here’s the thing… after…

Reindeer Toys For Kids Imaginative Play And Christmas Games

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12Nov
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Reindeer Toys for Kids Make your own set of Reindeer puppets for storytelling and play fun! Project 12 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.   Following on from yesterday’s Standing Doll Elf, here is another Christmas inspired standing doll puppet toy. I LOVE this guy. He makes my heart melt. He’s making Ned’s heart melt too. Even Jack was trying…

How To Make A Free Standing Doll Elf For Christmastime

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11Nov
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How To Make A Free Standing Doll Elf For Christmastime Puppetry, Storytelling, Play and Christmas Fun… Project 11 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.   Last month, in the 30 days of Dolls series, I showed you how to make a standing doll flower fairy. I love this very basic concept of using a tube of felt with a flat…

How To Make Fairy Wool Dolls: Christmas Tree Angel

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9Nov
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How to make fairy wool dolls for the top of the Christmas Tree Choose your favourite- Classic Golden Girl, or Rainbow Twirl Project 9 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.   Ever since I learned to make these fairy wool dolls about 15 years ago, I’ve been sharing them around. I just love their simplicity, and also the fact that…

Advent Calendar Experience Ideas- Gnome in the Home

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1Nov
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Advent Calendar Experience Ideas   Project 1 of 30: “Gnome in the Home” You might have heard of ‘Elf on a Shelf’. You buy this little Elf toy and each evening leading up to Christmas night, from the 1st to the 24th of December, you make him do funny things. (After the children go to bed of course!) And each morning,…

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 Doll Out Of Felt

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16Oct
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How to make a doll out of felt No. 20 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: “Tom, the Baker’s Son”, a wet felting and sewing activity for children   Wet felting is such fun for children, and it is even more fun when they can make something out of the piece of felt they have devoted hours to. This…

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…