This morning I started thinking about Easter coming up. I like the idea of giving the kids something homemade as one of their gifts. In my mind, I imagined making extravagant looking dolls to place in their baskets this year. I started searching the internet for ideas but the idea was quickly thrown out the window when I realized sewing was going to be involved quite a bit. That’s not my strongest skill, so I need something no sew. I came across these small dolls called worry dolls. They seemed simple enough to make and had a really awesome legend to go with them. I’m a sucker for a good story.
In Mayan legend the dolls were magical. Before bed, a child could tell the doll all the worries they have, then place the doll under their pillow and go to sleep. The doll would take away all the worries while they slept, so the child could wake up feeling refreshed and worry free.
I decided to tell the girls this story to go with their gift, and also add my own spin. Since Easter is a holiday to celebrate the life of Jesus, I wanted to call my dolls prayer dolls. I plan to add to the original legend that they can hold the dolls while they say their prayers before bed. The dolls and God will make sure they do not need to worry.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
There were a lot of ways to make them, so I took some different ideas and came up with my own using simple objects I had around the house.
Because of the simplicity, this would be a really fun craft for kids and parents to enjoy together.
- A clothespin
- A Marker
1.Turning the clothespin upside down hold the end of the yarn in place at the bottom, wrapping the yarn around it to hold it in place. Wrap around each side to make the legs, wrapping up to where the clothespin meets, around a few times and down the other side. Then wrap it back up and cut the yarn with a tail left to wrap under the shirt.
2. For the shirt, wrap the yarn around the middle, to where the indentation is. The leftover space will be used for the head. To make the arms, cut off a few inches the same color yarn. Tie it around the body of the doll, turning it to the side. Simply tie knots until you get the right length, cut off the loose ends, and repeat on the other side.
3. Starting at the indentation of the clothespin, wrap the yarn you want to use for the face around the same way as done for the body. Add extra layers to the middle for a fuller, more rounded look. Cut the yarn and use some glue to rub the remaining piece and hold it in place.
4. To make the hair cut three equal sized pieces of yarn off, put them together and tie a knot in the middle. You can let the yarn hang, or braid it and tie off the ends like I did. Put a few drop of glue on the top of the head and place the hair on your doll. Adding a little glue to the sides of the head and holding the hair on it for a few seconds will make the hair look a little more controlled
5. Using the permanent marker draw a face on the doll to give her a completed look. I drew open eyes on one side and closed on the other to play up the idea of the doll sleeping away worries.
The project is now complete. That simple. The first doll took me about ten minutes til I figured out how to make arms and hair, and the second one was completed in less than five.
I can’t wait to see what the girls think, but we’ll have to wait until easter to find out!