Wood Worry Dolls
Kids can create a family of wood worry dolls with heavy braid and a matching box for their home. Worry dolls are traditionally made in Guatemala are thought to soothe your fears and anxieties. They are meant espcially for young children.
Wood turnings from a craft store, 1” to 1 1/2” high
Turnings by Crafts, Etc were used
Small oval wooden box (unfinished) or small oval paper mache box
Treasure Tape, 1-inch roll, and 1/4-inch roll
Fine Point Permanent markers for facial features (we used red, brown, blue and green)
1.To make clothing on the worry dolls, begin at the neckline and lay a thin line of 1/4” Treasure Tape around the woodturning. Peel off the red liner and lay braid or ribbon of your choice around the neckline by wrapping it and lightly pressing it onto the tape. Change colors of thread to make stripes. Continue wrapping to the bottom of the wood turning.
2.Lay pieces of Treasure Tape on the top of each ‘head’. Remove red liner to expose the sticky part. Cut lengths of braid or ribbon for hair and lay on the taped head. For the boy and baby, cut lengths approximately 1-inch. For the girl, cut lengths 4 inches long. For the girl, pull strands together near the side of her face and tie with 1/8” Ribbon to make pony tails.
3.Use fine point permanent markers to draw eyes and mouth on dolls.
4.To decorate the box, begin at the bottom edge, and lay the larger roll of Treasure Tape all the way around the box. Do not put tape around the top of the box where the lid will hang over. Remove the red liner to expose sticky tape. Lay braid and ribbon around sides of box in stripes, covering the tape. For the lid, lay Treasure Tape to cover the whole lid. Remove red liner to expose sticky tape. Decorate with the braid and ribbon. Do the same around the side of the lid.
This craft is reprinted courtesy of FaveCrafts.com.
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