Making decorative craft dolls does not have to be difficult. While some stitch them from muslin and design elaborate outfits and accessories, it is possible to make very sweet baby dolls using a few simple materials. These wooden bead dolls can be used for play, or for decorating your home.
1. One 1-inch wooden ball half-drilled.
2. Four pipe cleaners
3. White or flesh-toned yarn
4. Four smaller wooden beads
5. Tacky craft glue
6. 1 Skein of hair-color embroidery floss
7. Fabric, lace, trim, ribbon scraps
8. Needle and thread
Constructing the Doll Body
The first step in constructing the doll body is making the head. You should paint the large wooden ball in your chosen flesh tone, for this will be the head. You can also keep it natural or stain it. After the paint is dry, you can paint or draw a doll face onto it.
To make the hair, take the skein of embroidery floss and arrange it on the head in any style that you wish. Secure well with the craft glue. You can also keep the baby doll without hair, or include just a painted curl or two around the face.
You begin to craft the doll body by twisting together the pipe cleaners. One should be for the shoulders and arms, another for the neck and body, and one each for the legs. Twist them together securely. The neck should be a doubled over section that can fit into the hole at the bottom of the doll head. Affix this firmly with glue.
After the pipe cleaners are attached, apply glue to small lengths and warp the yarn around them to form the body. You want to make the limbs and body thicker this way. Make sure to apply enough glue to make the yarn stick. At the end of each arm and leg, glue on a small wooden bead for the hands and feet.
Dressing the Bead Baby Doll
You can dress the baby doll in any fashion you choose. Using wide lace and wrapping it around the body of the doll with holes cut for the arms will make a beautiful baptism style dress. You can great pants, shirts, dresses, and vests with felt or other fabric. Cut out a circle and stitch a running stitch around it to form a sweet bonnet for your baby. Use ribbons for trim or to hold the clothing on.
Crafting wooden bead baby dolls is a fun way to create small toys for a little girl. You can also use these dolls to decorate your home with sweet little accents. Easy to make and economical, this craft will be a delight.