How to Make Autumn Dolls or Figurines in Easy Craft Idea for Kids

You can make this Autumn themed doll or figurine to celebrate fall, using an acorn cap for the hat and making a leaf out of felt for the “wings” of this little Autumn Fairy. This is a great Autumn-time craft that you will enjoy. Step by step tutorial offered by Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade



How to Make Autumn Dolls or Figurines in Easy Craft Idea for Kids



How to Make Autumn Dolls or Figurines in Easy Craft Idea for Kids

CRAFTS MATERIALS NEEDED:

– yellow and red felt
– pens (or permanent markers) – for eyes and mouth
– wooden bead
– scissors
– cork
– toothpick
– acorn cap
– toothpick
– brown ribbon
– craft glue







Step 1.

Glue the wooden bead on toothpick.







Step 2.

Stick toothpick in cork…







… until there are about 0.5 cm left.








Step 3.

Draw a circle and a rectangle on yellow felt. The circle must be a little bigger than the wooden bead and width of the rectangle must be from the bottom of the cork to the wooden ball.







Also draw a shape like this on red felt.







Step 4.

Cut them out.







Step 5.

Apply a layer of glue on the yellow circle…







… and place it on the wooden bead, like this.

Let it dry.







Next, put a bit of glue inside the acorn cap and on the edges…







… then fix it over the yellow circle.







You have now the head with yellow hair and acorn hat.







Step 6.

Adjust the upper part of the cork…







… like this.







Step 7.

Apply a layer of glue on the rectangle…







… like this…







And cover the cork with it.







Let it dry well.







Wrap the ribbon around the neck, over the yellow rectangle but take care to let the hair free.







Make a knot to keep it in place. You can cut the ribbon ends if they are too long.







Step 8.

Apply a stripe of glue on the lower part of red shape…







… and fix it over the ribbon, like this. Let it dry well.







Now use your pens / markers to add eyes and mouth and your cute doll is ready 😉







I hope your Autumn Fairy Doll turned out great. This would be a great decoration for the Thanksgiving table or any dinner in Autumn. I hope that you had fun. Come back soon for more crafts.

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How to Make Mini People or Dolls as Zipper Pulls as Back to School Craft for Kids

This makes a great back to school craft as this can be used to decorate your backpack! My daughter and I made a few of these to give to her special friends at school. We landed up having to make more than 20 of them to give out to everyone who was asking for them. She couldn’t make enough of them because they were so popular. I think you will love these too. They are very easy to make and you can use different materials each time. Any bead size or thread color will work. Just have fun and be creative with it!

How to Make Mini People or Dolls as Zipper Pulls as Back to School Craft for Kids



mini doll zipper pulls



Crafts Materials Needed:

– beads

– embroidery thread, yarn, string, or thread

– pipe cleaners

– scissors

– (Optional) metal snap spring hooks

Step 1



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I started off with a round bead that already had a face drawn on it. You can use paint or a Sharpie to draw 2 eyes and a mouth on a round bead if you don’t have face beads already.

Then put a pipe cleaner thru the bead. The  beaded head should be in the center of the pipe cleaner, as seen above.

Step 2


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– Now put the pipe cleaner that is thru the top of the head back down into the top of the head again until there is a loop….as seen above. The legs (bottom 2 pieces of the pipe cleaner) should match up too.


Step 3


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Take some embroidery thread (or whatever you have available) and fold it in half a few times (as you see that I did above). Then stick it in the loop hole, as seen above.


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If you want to make this a zipper pull, put a metal hook on it (optional…only for zipper pulls). Then Pull the pipe cleaner legs downwards so that the pipe cleaner on top of the head closes down on the hair and hook.

Step 4


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Cut the loops that are in the embroidery thread so that it resembles hair.

 Step 5


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Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Wrap it around the top of the body, so you will have arms.

 Step 5 b


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Like in the above picture.

Step 6


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Take the other half of the pipe cleaner and wrap it around the chest area as I did above.

Step 7


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– Now we can place beads on the arms and legs. I have long beads, but you can also use multiple small round or oval beads. Then just push the pipe cleaner back into the bead to make it so the beads can’t fall off.

 Step 7 b


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– This is what it looks like when all the beads are on there.

Finished Bead People



Finished Mini Figures



– My daughter originally only made a few of these for her to give to her closest friends. It lands up everyone in the class were BEGGING her to give them one. We landed up making enough for the entire class. Kids do Love these! Even boys! I hope that you had fun!

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How to Make a Cute Little Fabric Snowman

Today we will show you how to make this cute little fabric snowman. He is a lot of fun to make and even more fun to play with. On this cold Winter day, I thought this would be a great craft to share with you.

Step by step tutorial offered by Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade

How to Make a Cute Little Fabric Snowman







CRAFTS MATERIALS NEEDED:

– dark blue fabric
– white fabric
– filling material (I use some cotton pads broken into pieces)
– scissors
– ribbon
– black paint or marker
– button







Step 1.

Cut a disc of blue fabric and a smaller one of white fabric.







Step 2.

Start sewing around the edges…







… like this.








Pull the thread ends …







… and fill the inside with the filling material.







Tie the thread ends.







Do the same for the white disc.







Step 3.

Put the needle and thread through the middle of white part…







… then through the middle of the blue part…







… and through the button (we will use the button to make a solid part on the base. It will help our snowman to stay.)







Get back through the blue part and the white part to fix all parts together.







Step 4.

Cut two rectangles of blue fabric, one wider than the other.







Fold the lower part on the big one…







… and wrap it around the snowman’s head (the white part)







Use the ribbon to tie it, like this. Now the snowman have a hat.







Step 5.

Let’s make a scarf now. Take the other blue fabric rectangle…







… and wrap it around the neck of your snowman, then tie it.







Make some cuts on both ends of the scarf and on the upper part of the hat.







Thus, the hat and scarf will have fringes.







Use black paint / marker to draw eyes and mouth, and your little snowman is ready.







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How to Make Doll Pencil Toppers for Back to School

Do you want to create an adorable companion for your time back at school? Here is an easy-to-make doll that can be stored on the top of your pencil. Laura from  Dacian Moon Handmade  will show you, step by step, how to make it.



how to make doll pencil toppers for back to school



CRAFTS MATERIALS NEEDED:

– pencil
– thick tread
– wooden beads (one white and 6 brown)
– small cloth piece
– matching cord
– a piece of wire
– needle
– rubber tube







Step 1.

Take the thread …







… and spin it on your fingers, like this.







Step 2.

Tie it on the middle with the wire…







… like this.








Put the wire through the white bead – this will be the head of our doll.







Step 3.

Take the rubber tube…







… and make two holes in it with the needle.







Place it under the head, put the wire through the holes you made.







Step 4.

Is time to form her arms.







Add three brown beads like this…







… and put the wire end through the last bead one more time. That way the beads will not fall.







Repeat for the other arm.







Step 5.

Is time to place the topper on the pencil…







Like this.







Let’s dress her. Roll the piece of cloth over the rubber tube, under the arms…







… like this.







Tie it with the cord…







… and that is our doll.







You can use markers to make her eyes and mouth too. And she will make your classes easier 😉







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How to Make a Simple No-Sew Sock Bunny Rabbit for Easter or for Fun

Today, we will show you how to make a sock doll bunny rabbit…the best part is that there is NO sewing involved in this craft. Anybody can make these sock bunnies and they can make it pretty quickly. I think you can probably make one of these is 20 or 30 minutes. And these sock bunnies turn out so adorable that you are going to make a few of them so your bunnies can keep each other company. This shouldn’t be played with by young kids who might eat the rubber bands if they come off!



How to Make a Simple No-Sew Sock Bunny Rabbit for Easter or for Fun



Crafts Materials Needed

– 1 Stretchy Sock  – I used Knee High Girls Socks
– 1 Normal Sock for the Hat
– Small Rubber Bands or Yarn
– Buttons or Sharpie Marker or Fabric Markers or Needle and Thread
– Stuffing
-Scissors

Step 1 Thru 9



Step 1 Thru 9 How to Make a Simple No-Sew Sock Bunny Rabbit for Easter or for Fun



We have a crafts tutorial for making a no-sew sock doll. Steps 1-9 are the same for this tutorial…so first go to the sock doll tutorial, and do steps 1-9 and then come back to this tutorial for step 10. Your doll should look like the above picture when you are done with step 9.

Step 10



Step 10



Now cut the top part in half…as seen in picture above.


Step 11



Step 11



Now, in this picture above, we have already done one of the 2 sides. The left side has been braided already…we did this by cutting the left side into three strips and then braiding that side and rubber banding the end as if it was hair. Now the right side needs to be done…we cut the right side into 3 strips…now we just need to braid it. If you don’t know how to braid, please see this tutorial.



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Now both sides should be braided and look like this.

Step 12



Step 12



Now both the right side and left side is looped into a letter ‘U’ shape. Then hold both loops together in the center and rubber band both sides together. I used more than one rubber band to make sure both sides stayed together.

Step 13



Step 13



Cut a second sock in half.

Step 14



Step 14



Now put the bottom of the sock (toe part) on top of the bunny.

Step 15



Step 15



Now fold up the bottom of the sock…so it is rolled up like a normal winter hat is.

Step 16



Step 17



Now cut a small slit on both sides of the hat.

Step 17



Step 18



Now pull an ear thru



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And another ear thru.

Step 18



Step 19



Cut a nose out of fabric or felt (a triangle shape). Use a button(s) for eyes.

Step 19



Step 19



Ask mom or dad to help you hot glue the eyes and nose on. That is it…you have a stuffed bunny rabbit to play with. Wasn’t that easy?!

This shouldn’t be played with by young kids who might eat the rubber bands if they come off!

How to Make a Stand-Up Dress-Up Doll

When I was a little girl I would have so much fun dressing up paper dolls.  You know…. the paper dolls you buy in a book at the store where you cut out the clothes to put on them?  I loved them.  I used to spend hours dressing up the paper dolls and changing their clothes over and over again.  Well, today I’m going to show you how to make with your children a stand-up dress-up doll.  I got the idea from a post I saw on another site ( ikatbag.com). You are going to make the doll out of cardboard… it is much stiffer and will hold up to many, many clothes changes.  Also, in this craft you will find 4 different template sheets of different accessories for your dress-up doll.  That means hours of fun for you and your children dressing up the doll.  So, grab the few materials needed and let’s get started.

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How to Make a Stand-Up Dress-Up Doll



 

Materials Needed

Printer & Paper

Scissors

Black Marker

Cardboard

Paste or Glue (optional)

Glue Dots

 

Click on template images below to open and to print off.

Accessories Template 1



Accessories Template 1



 

Accessories Template 2



Accessories Template 2



 

Accessories Template 3



Accessories Template 3



 

Accessories Template 4



Accessories Template 4



 

Stand Up Dress Up Doll Template



Stand Up Dress Up Doll Template



 

Step 1



Print out template.  Cut it out.  Then trace it or paste it onto cardboard.



Print out template.  Cut it out.  Then trace it or paste it onto cardboard.


Step 2



Draw a face on the doll.



Draw a face with ovals for eyes.  A letter “C” for the nose.  A curved line for the smile.

 

Step 3



Cut around the figure.



Cut around the figure.

 

Step 4



 Cut two cardboard rectangles out.  Cut slits as the image shows you.



Cut two cardboard rectangles out.  Then cut the following slits out…. On one cardboard cut a slit on the top and a slit on the bottom.  On the other cardboard rectangle cut two slits on the top.

 

Step 5



Now put the cardboard rectangle's slits into the doll's feet slits.



Now put the cardboard rectangle’s slits into the doll’s feet slits.

 

Step 6



Turn doll around.  Put these two slits into each other.



Turn doll around.  Put these two slits into each other.  One rectangle has a slit on the bottom and one has a slit on the top.



It should look like this.



Like this.



Here is a different view.



Here is a different view.

 

Step 7



It should stand.



It should stand.

 

Step 8



Print out accessories.



Print out accessories.

 

Step 9



Cut them out.



Cut them out.

 

Step 10



I used glue dots to stick the clothes on the doll.



I used glue dots to stick the clothes on the doll.  They stay sticky time after time of changing clothes.

 

Here are some examples of how to dress up your new stand up dress up doll.

Example 1



Example 1



 

Example 2



Example 2



 

Example 3



Example 3



 

Example 4



Example 4



 

Example 5



Example 5



I bet you and your children had fun making these stand up dress up dolls….. but wait till you see the amount of fun they have dressing them up too.  They will love it.  I gave you 5 examples of ways to dress up your doll…. How many other ways can your child come up with?  Have fun!!

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How to Make a Sock Baby Doll

I have a fun craft for you today.  In this post I’m going to show you how to make a Sock Baby Doll.  That’s right…. it’s a baby doll made out of a sock.  This craft is a great way to put to use those socks that no longer have a match.  Plus, you probably have all the materials needed for this craft in your house… so no need to buy any more materials.  Give this sock baby doll to your best friend…. or better yet keep it for yourself.  The choice is yours.  So, let’s get started.

Check out our other Sock Crafts or Doll Making Crafts.



How to Make a Sock Baby Doll



 

Materials Needed

Sock

Scissors

Needle & Strong Thread

Stuffing

Black Marker (optional)

 

Step 1



Cut a sock where you see dashed lines



Cut a sock where you see dashed lines… to look like this…



After cutting, the above pieces are what you should see.



After cutting, the above pieces are what you should see.


Step 2



Turn sock so top hole is in the front as in image B.



Turn sock so top hole is in the front as in image B.



Sew front and back of each leg together as shown.



Sew front and back of each leg together as shown.

 

Step 3



Stuff the legs and sew hole closed.



Stuff the legs and sew hole closed.

 

Step 4



Turn doll around so that sewn up hole is in the back.



Turn doll around so that sewn up hole is in the back.  Gather and draw in with strong thread the section shown in the image above.

 

Step 5



Draw or sew a face on.



Draw or sew a face on.

 

Step 6



Fold each square in half.



Fold each square in half.



Sew sides with dashed lines.



Sew sides with dashed lines.



Fill with stuffing.



Fill with stuffing.



Sew shut.



Sew shut.

 

Step 7



Sew on arms.



Sew on arms.

Awesome job…. you just finished making your Sock Baby Doll.   How did your baby doll turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  Also, take a picture of your sock baby doll and add that to your comment as well… I’d love to see it.

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How to Make a Layered Paper Doll

Today I’m going to show you how to make a Layered Paper Doll.  This craft can be made with any character you would like.  For purposes of explaining this tutorial I will show you how to make this Layered Paper Doll using a Beauty and the Beast Character…. Belle.  Once you know the technique of how this is done you can do this to any character.  This craft is a lot of fun, so grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you today how to make a layered paper doll.  We’ll make Belle from Beauty and the Beast. You can take the picture from here.






 

Materials Needed

– image or sketch from here
– color card stock (brown, green, yellow, red, orange, white)
– glue (paintbrush for applying the glue – optional)
– thin markers for the face






 

Step 1

Print the picture and cut out the doll.






 


Step 2

Trace the contour of every single piece on its corresponding color card stock.  Start from the big ones to the little ones.  On the yellow cardstock draw the contour of the dress.






On brown draw the hair.






 

Step 3

Cut out the hair and the body.






Take care to draw every part of the hair on brown – you’ll have 3 parts: one general (drawn with black), and two pieces in front (blue and green).






The rest is the dress and the hands. Complete the contour of the dress on the yellow card stock.






Cut out the lower part of the dress, the hands and the upper part of the dress (we need everything that goes on top of something else.)






Replicate them on corresponding colors.






 

Step 4

Start cutting the layers of the dress…






… replicating every single one.






In the end we’ll have something like that.






 

Step 5

Cut all of them out.






 

Step 6

On a white cardboard start gluing the pieces, from bigger to smaller.  First of all will come the hair (the general piece).






Apply a layer of glue on the back of the body piece…






… and place it on top of the hair.






Glue the next piece of hair…






… and then the face and the last piece of hair.






Now that the head is ready, glue the bigger piece of dress in its place.






Next comes the hands…






So glue them on there place.






Cover them with yellow gloves…






… like that.






Add the top of the dress – the orange band.






Now, let’s make the lower part of the dress.






Glue the layers in order, one on top of the other…






And finish with the orange band.






Next, add the orange edges to her gloves.  Now her dress is ready. Add two little pieces of green as a rose stem in her hands.






 

Step 7

Let’s give her life: draw her eyes and mouth with colored markers.






 

Step 8

The last thing: the rose flower. On red card stock draw two petals and a rectangle. Cut them out.






Glue one of the petals on top of the stem.






Roll the rectangle and glue it on top…






… then add the last petal over it.







The layered doll is ready! With this technique you can make any favorite character a layered paper doll.  The question is…. what are you going to make next?

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How to Make an “I Don’t Want to Stay Down” Doll

Today I’m going to show you how to make a traditional Romanian Toy.  It is called a “Hopa Mitica” Doll.  But, we will call it an “I Don’t Want to Stay Down” Doll because this doll will not stay down.  When you try to lay it down it will pop right back up.  It’s a cute, funny toy that will be a ton of fun to make…. almost as much fun as it will be playing with the Doll.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started with the crafting fun.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you this craft step-by-step.







Our doll will not be made of wood, so …

 

Materials Needed

– round top (I use a round top from a roll-on)
– scissors
– a red marker and a black one
– 2 cloth pieces – one white or light pink for the face and one colored for the dress
– anti-shock wrap (bubble wrap)
– yarn (whatever color you want her hair to be) and needle
– 1 toothpick
– weights (could be anything heavy but small, it should stay on the bottom of the round top.)
– one piece of ribbon







 

Step 1

Make a ball (not perfect, of course) from the bubble wrap…






… roll up the white cloth around it…






… and tie it with a piece of yarn. This will be the head.






 


Step 2

Use the needle to add hair to the head, like in the picture.






Cut the yarn near the needle…






… and make a knot (or two) with the two parts of yarn.






Add as many yarn pieces until you are happy with the result. An alternate method is to glue the yarn to the head of the doll.






 

Step 3

Now we will place the weights in the round top. They should stay on the bottom of it. You can place there just enough weights to keep the round top up. If you will add more, the doll will not work.






 

Step 4

Make another ball of bubble wrap …






… and stuff it in the round top, in order to keep the weights in place.






 

Step 5

Place the toothpick on the lower part of the head, like in the picture.






 

Step 6

Roll up the rest of the bubble wrap around the toothpick…






… and fix it on top of the other bubble wrap, on the round top.






 

Step 7

Take the colored cloth …






… and wrap it around the doll, keeping out the head.






 

Step 8

Tie the cloth with the ribbon, at the base of the head. Take care to let her hair out too.






The doll will look like that.






 

Step 9

Using the markers, draw eyes and mouth.






And that’s it.






Now try to put her down.






She will jump up …






… waiting to play with you.






And that is how you make your “I Don’t Want to Stay Down” Doll.  Try and knock her over and see what happens…. she pops right back up again ready to play some more.  Have fun!!

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How to Make a Kokeshi Doll

Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. One characteristic of kokeshi Dolls is their lack of arms or legs.  So, with that being said…. today I’m going to show you how to make a Kokeshi Doll.  It will be a lot of fun…. almost as much fun as it will be showing to people the Kokeshi Doll you made yourself.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

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Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you how to make a kokeshi doll step-by-step.






 

Materials Needed

– 1 cylinder wooden bead – I use a cork – this will be the body
– 1 round wooden bead – I use a walnut – this will be the head (she would be prettier if you’ll use a wooden ball in place of the walnut)
– a piece of paper with flowers
– a piece of white paper
– a piece of red paper (or a ribbon)
– craft glue
– paints (red and black)
– paintbrush






 

Step 1

Cut the paper with flowers a little bit (with 1 or 2 mm) shorter then the cylinder.






Apply a layer of glue on the back of this paper…






… and roll it around the cylinder.






 


Step 2

Take the white paper and cut it the same length as the first one, but shorter. Apply a layer of glue on it…






… and place it in the middle of the paper with flowers …






… like this.






 

Step 3

Apply a layer of glue on the red paper / ribbon too …






… and place it on the middle…






… like this.






 

Step 4

Now is the time to make the head.






Take the walnut / ball and, using the black paint, make her hair and eyes. Remember that her face should be made of simple, thin lines. Let it dry.






 

Step 5

Apply a layer of glue on the bottom of the head…






… and place it on top of the body.






 

Step 6

You can add blush and a mouth… and your doll is ready!






Isn’t this Kokeshi Doll just adorable?  Imagine how cute she would look sitting on your dresser.  How did your Kokeshi Doll turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, make sure to take a picture of your Kokeshi Doll and post that in the comment as well… I’d love to see it.

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How to Make a Cute Stuffed Owl

If you love stuffed animals then you are going to love today’s craft.  I’m going to show you how to make a Cute Stuffed Owl.  You can decide to keep in for yourself or give it to one of your best friends to love.  Either way you can guarantee that people are going to love this stuffed owl… especially when they find out that you made it yourself.  So, grab the materials needed and let’s get started.

Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you how to make this, step-by-step.






 

Materials Needed

– two different pieces of fabric (one smaller than the other) – in my case I used blue and grey.
– one small piece of red leather or felt
– scissors
– craft glue (optional)
– 2 white buttons
– stuffing material (I use some cotton pads)
– string and needles






 

Step 1

Draw a big triangle (with curved edges) on the blue fabric.






Draw a smaller triangle on the grey fabric.






 


Step 2

Cut the triangles out.






They should look like this.






 

Step 3

Place the right sides together…






… and stitch them.






 

Step 4

Force the left sides together and stitch them too.






This will cause the top of the body piece to come together …






… so sew that shut too.






 

Step 5

Turn the owl right-side-out …






… and fold down the top of the triangle. If you fold it lower, you’ll have a fatter and shorter owl. It will be taller and thinner if you fold it higher.  Secure this with a quick whip stitch.






 

Step 6

Cut a small triangle (with curved edges) out of the red leather.






Sew it or glue it on top of the fold.






 

Step 7

Sew the buttons on the sides of the beak…






… like this.






 

Step 8

Do a nice running gather stitch along the bottom of the owl, but don’t tie it yet.






 

Step 9

Prepare the stuffing material – I tore the cotton pads in small fluffy pieces.






Stuff your little bird so that it has a wonderfully squishy and cuddly softness to it.






Tie off the gather threads….






…and now you have a new cute friend to play with.






Isn’t this Stuffed Owl just simply cute?!  And, the cool part is that you made it yourself.  How did your stuffed owl turn out?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, don’t forget to add a picture of your owl to the comment too…. I would love to see it.

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How to Make an Octopus Toy

Today I’m going to show you how to make a cute Octopus toy out of yarn.  The craft is an easy one, but it is sure to be a lot of fun.  This Octopus toy would make a great gift to give to somebody this Holiday Season.  Or, if you like…. keep the toy for yourself.  Make a few and give your Octopus a friend.

Check out some of our other Toy Crafts.

Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you how to make this toy step-by-step.






 

CRAFT MATERIALS NEEDED:

– string and needles

– scissors

– yarn

– glass or foam ball

– something flat – a book or a board (if you want a big octopus, you’ll need a bigger book)







 

Step 1

Let’s start by wrapping the yarn around the flat thing.
Take care not to wrap too tight or it will be hard to work with later.







Step 2

When you have a good thickness, we can cut the end.






Cut a small piece of yarn …






… slip it under your cluster …






… and tie it at one edge of the book.






 

Step 3

Use the scissors to cut the opposite end that you tied on.






Now you should have a long bunch of string tied in the middle.






 

Step 4

Take the ball and tuck it under the middle.






Hold the yarn under the ball. Take care to wrap the ball completely.






Take another piece of yarn, wrap it around the bunch a couple times and tie it with a double knot.






It will look like this.






 

Step 5

Split the yarn in many even sections…






… and cut little pieces of yarn that you’ll use later to tie every section.






Split every section in 3 parts, braid and then tie it.






Repeat for the other sections. It’s no problem if you loose some sections, but take care to have enough of them and even enough. I started with 8 sections but in the final I have only 6.






 

Step 6

Let’s make the face 🙂
You can sew the eyes…






… like this.






You can let a little bit of thread at every eye to make a cute octopus – girl, with long eyelashes.






Finally, sew the mouth too.

I like trying to sew the face but you can glue beads on it or you can paint it. Just… have fun.







Isn’t he cute?!  Are you going to keep him for yourself or are you going to give it as a gift this Holiday Season?  Whatever you decide to do he is sure to be loved.

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How To Make a Paper Doll Chain

Have you ever wanted to know how to make a paper doll chain?  Well, if so…. I am going to be showing you how to make that today.  You can use old paper items like newspapers, paper bags or scrap paper.  I used 8×11 used bond paper, with printed items on one side.  But, feel free to use any kind of paper.  This is a fun craft, so let’s get started.

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

Sheet/s of Paper
Scissors
Crayons or Markers
Glue

 

Step 1

Cut a long wide strip of paper, with the dimensions depending on how big you want the paper dolls to be.  Fold the paper accordion-style, crosswise in about 1-2 inches. You should come up with neat rectangles with identical folded triangles underneath it.


 

Step 2



Trace a boy or girl on the front fold



Use template to trace a boy or girl on the front fold… Make sure both arms and feet are along edges.

 

Step 3

With a scissors, cut in the half-shape of the doll. You can make variations, like cutting one for boys, and another one for girls. Make sure the hands are on the same vertical side so it will be easier to connect the dolls.

 

Step 4

Pull the paper dolls apart and you should get a chain of paper dolls.   Using your crayons and markers, draw faces and design the dolls’ clothing. You can also cut colored paper shapes to use as a design on the dresses.

 

Step 5

Connect one paper doll hand to others, to have a longer chain.

 

And, there you have it.  You have just made a Paper Doll Chain.  Don’t forget to let me know how they turned out.  Share your picture in the comments below.

Here is a video we made on how to make a paper doll chain.

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How to Make No-Sew Stuffed Puppy Dog Animal Toy with Socks & Rubber Bands

Today we will show you how to make stuffed puppy dogs out of socks and rubber bands. This craft will probably take less than 10 minutes for you…it is that easy. These are no-sew stuffed animals…that is right…no sewing necessary at all. If you like sock monkeys, but you were too lazy to make them, then this arts and crafts project is for you. Have fun.

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How to Make No-Sew Stuffed Puppy Dog Animal Toy



How to Make No-Sew Stuffed Puppy Dog Animal Toy with Socks & Rubber Bands

Crafts Materials Needed

– Stretchy Socks – I used Knee High Girls Socks
– Small Rubber Bands or Yarn
– Buttons or Sharpie Marker or Fabric Markers or Needle and Thread
– Stuffing
-Scissors

Step 1



Step 1 : Start Sock Doggy with a Sock



Take out your sock….preferably socks that are stretchy and ones that have an interesting pattern or color.

Step 2



Step 2 : Put Stuffing in the Sock



Put your stuffing in to your sock…put it all the way down to the tip of the sock.

Step 3




Step 3



Now on the side ‘A’ (pictured above), form a ball by making sure that some of the stuffing is at that corner and then just pushing down with your thumbs to form a ball.

Step 4







If this stuffed dog is being made for a younger child (under 3 or 4 of age) you should use yarn instead of a rubber band, just in case it comes off…you never know what a child will put in his or her mouth and chock on. If you use a rubber band just put the rubber band around the ball until it is tight. If you are using yarn, wrap it around that ball-shape and tie knots and wrap it around more and tie more knots…then cut it off.

Step 5







Now you should do the same thing for the other dog paw, side B.

Step 6







Now put stuffing above the paws for the puppy dog’s belly area.

Step 7







Now make 2 arms the same way that you made the paws.

Step 8







Tie the yarn or rubber band next for the neck.

Step 9







This is what the real thing looks like so far.

Step 10







Add stuffing to the sock for the puppy dog’s head and then again, tie off with rubber band or yarn.

Step 11







This is what the real puppy dog looks like so far.

Step 12







Now cut the remaining sock (the part above the head and rubber band) in the center….like you see above.

Step 13







Now on each side – there are 2 sides – cut in 3 slits. So basically you have 6 slits in all then.

Step 14







Now braid each side. If you don’t know how to braid…then visit the Wikipedia page on braiding.

Step 15







Now rubber band each side in a loop.

Step 16







Now rubber band both loops together in the center.

Step 17



How to Make No-Sew Stuffed Puppy Dog Animal Toy



Cut off the excess that was on the top of the 2 loops (you will be cutting off the rubber bands too from step #15)

Step 18







Now this is what your doggy will look like.

Step 19



How to Make No-Sew Stuffed Puppy Dog Animal Toy



If you want to…glue on button eyes and nose. If your parents are around, ask them to hot glue them on, otherwise use fabric glue. If you have a sharpie or paint, make the dog’s mouth too.

I hope that you had a lot of fun.

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How to Make Twist Tie Doll Figures with Moving Arms and Legs Crafts Idea for Kids

If you want to make your very own play dolls out of recycled twist ties, then find out how to. They come out really cool, with hug-gable & twist-able arms and legs … especially cool for Mom dolls that hug baby dolls. Find out how to make these from unused items around your house. Have fun.



How to Make Twist Tie Doll Figures with Moving Arms and Legs Crafts Idea for Kids



How to Make Twist Tie Doll Figures with Moving Arms and Legs Crafts Idea for Kids

Crafts Materials Needed

– Embroidery Thread or Floss
– Glue
– Scissors
– Twist Ties
– Markers or Paints

Step 1



Step 1 : Making Play Figures Figurines and Dolls Crafts Project



Take a twist tie and bend it in half.

Step 2



Step 2 : Making Play Figures Figurines and Dolls Crafts Project



Now take a second twist tie and bend it in half around the first twist tie…


Step 3



Step 3 : Making Play Figures Figurines and Dolls Crafts Project



and then wrap it around like this so you have 2 arms.

Step 4







Twist the first twist tie, below the arms, so it looks like this (after spreading the legs out).

Step 5







Now glue one end of embroidery thread / floss to the top of the figure…we are going to make the head. When you start wrapping the thread, make sure to leave a little of the twist tie at the top (the loop), unwrapped so you can put the hair through it at the end.

Step 6







Keep wrapping it around the head and put a bunch of glue on it when you feel you are done…cut the end and push the end down.

Step 7







Wrap a different color for the shirt….wrap all around the arms and chest….put a bunch of glue down, cut, and push the end of string down…You can fold the hands over the shirt if you want to.

Step 8







Choose another color for the pants and wrap the string all around the legs and thighs…cut and glue down. You can then fold the feet over.

Step 9







Fold some string and then push it through the loop at the top of the head.

Step 10



Step 10 : Making Play Figures Figurines and Dolls Crafts Project



You can either braid it or cut the ends off so the hair hangs better.



Step 11 : Making Play Figures Figurines and Dolls Crafts Project



Like this.



Step 12 : Making Play Figures Figurines and Dolls Crafts Project



Or braided like this.

Finished Miniature Doll Figurines



How to Make Twist Tie Doll Figures with Moving Arms and Legs Crafts Idea for Kids



You can paint or draw faces on them if you want to.

This is what the finished dolls look like. The neat thing is that the arms can bend around other figures to hug. I used a smaller twist tie for the baby and a long garbage bag twist tie for the Mommy figure.

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How to Make Easy No-Sew Sock Dolls Crafts Idea for Kids

Today we will show you how to make dolls out of socks. This craft will probably take less than 10 minutes for you…it is that easy. These are no-sew dolls…that is right…no sewing necessary at all. If you like sock monkeys, but you were too lazy to make them, then this arts and crafts project is for you. Have fun.

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How to Make Easy No-Sew Sock Dolls Crafts Idea for Kids



How to Make Easy No-Sew Sock Dolls Crafts Idea for Kids

Crafts Materials Needed

– Stretchy Socks  – I used Knee High Girls Socks
– Small Rubber Bands or Yarn
– Buttons or Sharpie Marker or Fabric Markers or Needle and Thread
– Stuffing
-Scissors

Step 1



Step 1 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Take out your sock.

Step 2



Step 2 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Put stuffing in your sock…all the way down to the tip of the sock.


Step 3



Step 3 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Now on side ‘A’, form a ball by making sure that some of the stuffing is at that corner and then just pushing down with your thumbs to form a ball.

Step 4



Step 4 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



If this doll is being made for a young child (under 3 or 4 of age) you should use yarn instead of a rubber band, just in case it comes off….it could be a choking hazard. If you use a rubber band just put the rubber band around the ball until it is tight. If you are using yarn, wrap it around that ball-shape and tie knots and wrap it around more and tie more knots…then cut it off.

Step 5



Step 5 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Do the same thing for the other foot, side B.

Step 6



Step 6 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Now put stuffing above the feet for the baby doll’s belly.

Step 7



Step 7 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Now make 2 arms the same way that you made the feet.

Step 8



Step 8 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Tie the yarn or rubber band next for the neck.

Step 9



Step 9 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Add stuffing to the sock for the doll’s head and then again, tie off with rubber band or yarn.

Step 10



Step 10 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Now there is extra sock above the head….fold it down over the head to form a hat for the doll.

Step 11



Step 11 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



This is what is should look like…another pic is below.



Step 11 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



This is what the doll looks like so far.

Step 12

Now we have to choose a way to put the eyes on…thinking about the safety of the child we are making it for. If this is for a child that doesn’t put little items in his mouth anymore…then I would say use buttons  – they look super cute. You can either sew the eyes on or you can use either strong fabric glue or hot glue ( in that case, please ask a parent for help so you don’t get hurt.)



Step 12 : Making No-Sew Sock Monkey Dolls Crafts Project



Otherwise, you can sew dolls eyes, use fabric paint or sharpie, permanent markers. If you have any other ideas for eyes, please let me know.



How to Make Easy No-Sew Sock Dolls Crafts Idea for Kids



This is what your doll will look like. He is super cute. And my 4 year old loves this baby doll. She was playing with him for quite a long time and talking to him and feeding him, etc. So I think this craft was a hit.

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