Inspired by tiny, handmade Guatemalan worry dolls, we’ll create our own dolls using materials from home.
Fun Fact: Worry Dolls, according to legend, help ease worries and fears. A child tells the doll their worries, places the dolls under their pillow, and wakes up with wisdom to conquer their concerns!
- For the base of doll, lots of creative options: an old fashioned clothespin, a wooden dowel, a wooden spoon, plastic utensils, a marker, empty travel-sized toiletry bottles, scrunched up tin foil
- Strips of paper (about 1” x 5”)
- Markers and other coloring materials
- Pipe cleaners
- Fabric scraps (old t-shirts, etc.)
Choose Your Base + Your Character
- The base/body of your doll should be a simple, cylindrical-esque, sturdy material that you don’t mind taping and gluing onto! These dolls aren’t “realistic” so keep that in mind!
- Something like a wooden dowel, a clothespin, or small wooden spoon is great since it can have paper and materials wrapped around it!
- WHO is your doll? Maybe they have superpowers to keep you safe! Will you make a doll that represents each member of your family? A group of friends?
Dress Your Doll (Hint: Teacher Teal’s photos are a great reference for this!)
- The following materials can be cut into strips: any kind of paper (magazine paper is fun too!), foil, even paper towels!
- Start with your first strip: tape or glue one end down onto your doll’s base and wrap your strip around! Adhere the other end.
—>Remember: leave a blank area for the doll’s face!
- This wrapping can be done with multiple strips of many widths: have fun with it!
- Wrap yarn or a soft material around as well to give your doll’s clothing some extra security (some materials may be able to be knotted with the help of experienced hands).
- Draw a face onto your doll using markers or paint!
- Have wire or pipe cleaners? Wrap one piece around the doll’s midsection to create arms! (Toothpicks work too!)
- Yarn or thread can but cut up and glued down to create hair