These are such fun little toys...
String dolls, voodoo dolls, yarn wrapped figure...whatever you want to call it!
Okay...let's start with a disclaimer.
I did this project with my 10 and 8 year old kids.
I thought this would be a fun kid craft...but it turned out
to be a little harder than anticipated...
so I ended up doing all the wrapping...
and they came in to decorate.
So here is what you'll need:
Wooden Bead or ball
Begin by making a skeleton.
Pipe cleaner folded in half...
Wooden Bead or Ball hot glued in place
Bend pipe cleaners about an inch away from head to make arms.
Then back to the middle.
Then bend remaining length in half for the legs.
It basically makes a star shape!
Next, take your yarn. We used white yarn and
covered the whole body. It's like the guts and skin.
We tied it off in the middle and began wrapping.
Our pipe cleaners were thick fuzz, so there
was some trimming that took place.
when the heads kept popping off!
I'd recommend starting with hot glue!
The yarn slips around a bit, so this is where I sort of took over.
I used hot glue to tack the yarn in place here and there...
Especially over the head. It was so slippery that
the yarn just kept sliding off. This is where I just wrapped all the rest myself.
So, we got out the embroidery floss.
You could use yarn or twine...but we have gangs of this stuff.
Now you are building the clothes!
I found that hot gluing the ends of the hands and
then wrapping this way worked best.
I unraveled the entire thing all over the kitchen so it wouldn't
backside of them. I thought maybe this would keep the string
in place forever...since it was so much work getting it on!
Next is the FUN PART!
Decide what you want your guy to look like...
I used more floss and a needle to stitch little X eyes and a straight mouth...
and some stitches on his chest.
Something about the raggedness of these voodoo dolls is so charming!
And I think this little bubble gum voodoo baby is my favorite!
I love the uneven legs and the whimsical smile!
I wanted this guy to look like a classic yellow happy face...
he said "not cute eyes mom, mad eyes"
and wheels...and a control panel.
I knew I wanted a little Santa/gnome guy.
The hat is out of felt and topped with a pom pom!
Then we used bits of felt and hot glue to decorate the pumpkins face.
And a stick from the yard for a stem!
Wiskers, Ears and a Nose!
"hiding" in random places around the house!
Sounds like the beginning of a long family tradition to me!
Linking up to THESE parties this week!