Friday, September 12

Clothespin dolls

On this rainy day, I decided to finally make some clothespin dolls for my kids. My daughter helped in choosing part of the wardrobe, but I did most of the outfit assembly and all of the cutting and gluing. I think, later, I may pre-cut some clothes and let them do all of the matching and gluing. Looks like I'll need to focus on boy clothes.
I haven't found the perfect solution for making facial features. I'm fine without them and didn't care to continue experimenting, but it'd be nice to know sometime what will mark on wood pins without bleeding.
Now, of course, comes the creating of all the furnishings that must accompany little dolls. Pull out the cardboard boxes, plastic lids, and fabric scraps. This will be fun!

21 comments:

Jess said...

I LOVE that mermaid!!!!

moomer said...

The mermaid is my favorite, too! For shoebox rooms, you can take a shortcut & cut pics of rooms from magazines. I may have seen that on someone's blog...or maybe a kids' activity book.

nicole viola said...

omigosh! this takes me back to jr. high art class! mine were a bride & groom... nowhere near as cute as that mermaid though!

Susie said...

We have used wooden beads as heads for flower fairies (got the idea from Klutz press), and to make faces we have used colored pencils and scrapbooking pens. The pencils give you the best control and least bleeding but were very pastel-ey. The pens yielded stronger colors but sometimes bled. I suppose you could use a teeny tiny paintbrush and try acrylics or something... I think they're charming without faces, too, though.

Chrissie said...

Each doll has so much personality and detail.
I like them without faces. Leaves more to the child's imagination.

Jessica said...

I loved making clothespin dolls as a kid!

Anonymous said...

They also make wood markers. I'm not sure how big the tips are, but they're kind of for that purpose.

Amy said...

Those are the cutest- I love them! The mermaid really is genius. I am sure your kids appreciate all that creativity!

Maggie Ann said...

Wow! these are great! I love that swirled skirt! You are amazing. Do you get the magazine 'Family Fun'? ...I loved this issue. Your creativity reminded me of how much I love this issue of FF Have a great day and thanks for sharing...your blog is SO inspiring.

Britt said...

Super super cute! And adorable as is!

If you wanted to do faces, one way is to paint the head with clear nail polish, let dry, then use fine-tipped sharpies.

Thanks for all the great inspirations!

Jenny said...

Too cute! The mermaid is my favorite! I wish I was crafty!

Crystal said...

Wow! They look great. THe mermaid is my favorite.

Kelly from Almost Frugal said...

I'd like to include this post in the ribbons and thread edition of Holidays by Hand on November 18th. http://almostfrugal.com/holidays-by-hand/

Anonymous said...

You've got the touch--no doubt about it. Love these bits of whimsy and grace.

sewingchick said...

That mermaid is C. U. T. E. I saw online the other day where someone made these but as a wedding cake topper. It was awesome!! Too bad I'm already married....

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Sunflower Grandma said...

I've been doing clothespin people for year, but in a different way. I created Christmas Clothespin ornaments; I've made Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, Reindeers, Toy Soldiers, Snowmen, Gingerbread men and Angels. I also created a couple of different ones for sister, a little Abe Lincoln and George Washington. She loves those 2 things and has her home decorated in the Bicentennial stuff. She has the Abe and Washington clothespin people clipped to lampshades. For facials features, I use Sharpie fine tip markers and/or acrylic paint. I love the ones you've did. My grandchildren would love them. Gives me tons more ideas. I'll try to find the photos of my Christmas and Abe & George ones and attach them somehow. I've never read a blog, but this one has lots of very creative projects for kids and just good craft projects.

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