Summer Fun No. 47, Yarn Dolls


In case you hadn't noticed, this week is all about projects you can do with yarn (which if you're like me, you have a lot of) for easy craft projects while you're cooped up in the house (Liv could not be outside for the week she had her stitches in, so we needed some nice, quiet, inside projects).  I found this great tutorial for yarn dolls here.  If you click over, you can see she uses this cool contraption to make them, but you don't need anything that fancy.  Here's our low-tech solution...

{yep, that's a mac & cheese box}

The box worked perfectly!  We wrapped our yarn on the box (we wrapped according to the thickness of the yarn so most were 50 times around, but for thinner yarns we did 75 or 100 times), then slid it off and wrapped another piece of yarn around the bunch (about 1 inch from the top) to create the head.  With a tapestry needle, we threaded another piece of yarn through the top of the yarn to create the hanger (this also secures the bunch of yarn so you can be sure nothing will slip or change position).  After that, we cut across the bottom of the doll and the used additional pieces of yarn to create arms, bodies, and skirts or legs.  And voila...


Happy kiddos with new "guys" for pretend play!


Jack made this set of yarn dolls for a puppet show.  Just in case you can't tell who is who...the girl at the bottom is Little Red Riding Hood, to her right is the Big Bad Wolf, and the two yellow characters to the left are the Mother and Grandmother.  We have yet to see the actual play, but I thought I'd include a brief shot of rehearsal.


I absolutely love crafts like this.  I think the best craft activities are ones that are fun to do and that add to imaginative play in the future.  Best of all, these are super easy to make, so they are now something that Jack could make for himself or his sisters in the future. 

-Project idea found here
Emily said...

Those are cute! I see a fun cat toy in my future...

southern daze said...

I love jack's imagination!

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