Make Your Own String Voodoo Dolls!

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 These are such fun little toys...
String dolls, voodoo dolls, yarn wrapped figure...whatever you want to call it!
 Each has a cute little personality!
  Seriously, so cute right?
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String Dolls!

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:
Pipe cleaners
Wooden Bead or ball
Embroidery floss
School glue
Hot glue
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!
Then, make a bunch--because I do everything in bulk!

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.
We didn't bust out the hot glue until this point...
when the heads kept popping off!
I'd recommend starting with hot glue!
My daughters stroke of genius!

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.
Finally all mummified!
Awesome...naked string dolls.
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.
After one complete thing of floss...
Side note: Why is it that embroidery floss always gets tangled?
I unraveled the entire thing all over the kitchen so it wouldn't
get twisted.
Ah...much better!  Pick any color combos you want!

After they were all covered...we spread a little school glue on the
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.

 Green faced little zombie scarecrow guy!
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...

 A ninja!

 This button eyed one reminded me of Coraline.
 My 4 year old son had to show me how to do the best Robot eyes...
he said "not cute eyes mom, mad eyes"
 I tried.  He does have an antennae, pincer hands
 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!

Eyelashes and googily eyes--and a lollipop!

Wiskers, Ears and a Nose!

  I love them!  I am sure I will find them scattered and
"hiding" in random places around the house!
Sounds like the beginning of a long family tradition to me!

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Anonymous said…
I'm participating in sytyc too! :)
I like these dolls, especially the rabbit
good luck!
OMG!!! these are the sweetest things i've ever seen!!!!!!

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Unknown said…
Thanks a lot for the tutorial!!! My little brother had just asked me to make this voodoo doll for him!
Unknown said…
I LOVE THIS!!!! THey are so cute. Can't wait to show my 10 year old... She will go MAD!
Owner said…
I love these so much I featured them on The Crafty Crow today!
Girl said…
I love these. I am pretty sure if i did it i would do if i did it i would mess up badly :( . But it is amazing. 5 stars :)
derrick_ said…
Thank you so very much for sharing this project! My teenagers are going to love these! Your presentation, pictures and directions are fabulous...thanks again
Unknown said…
Awesome! Instead of using a bead, I used a foam ball. Also... I tried makind one, without hot glue (we didn't have any) and... well, half way done all the yarn just fell off. T-T I am so foolish. XD LOL Oh well. I guess I have to wait. (Not only that, but I was trying to make Princess Zelda doll, but I only had these fitting colors: Pink, white, brown, and.... yeah. I think thats it. So.... Yep.)
Jenny said…
These are adorable! I am making four voodoo dolls tonight for roller derby MVP awards (the theme is "Bout in the Bayou"). So your tutorial has helped me immensely. Thanks!
Jessie Kish said…
How do you wash them if something spills on it
Unknown said…
its fun to do a made deadpool and papa smurf with the instructions:-P
Unknown said…
OMG !!!!! I had buy one not much long ago, and I just fold in love with theses cute little things !!!! But there quite expensive, so I tried to find something on the Net, and I saw your technics ! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANKS THANKS THANK YOUUUUUUUUU a thoudand times, THANK YOU !

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