Monday, June 21, 2010

Little Wooden Dolls



This is going to be one busy summer. Between weddings, reunions and visiting family I think we'll be away more than we'll be home. Since late winter I've had an eye and ear open for any sort of idea that I could use to keep my kids entertained on our long car and plane rides.


I saw these little wooden craft, um, "things" at JoAnns. I really don't know what they are, but I thought they'd make a fun new toy.



I planned on making them all girls but my daughter thought since there were four of them there should be a doll to represent each person in our family. I did my best trying to make two of the figures look like boys. I drew on the clothes and face with a pencil. There was a lot of erasing going on until I finally felt satisfied with them.


Painting came next. Kind of silly, but I put it off for a few days because I was scared to death to do it. I didn't want to ruin them. The only brushes I have are a cheep set that I bought when I was a poor college student only because I needed them for an assignment. Good brushes probably would have made it a little easier, but in the end I was pretty happy how they turned out . . . although they're far from perfect.



Here's a side view of the girlies so you can see their cute piggy-tails.




After they were all painted and dry I added a top coat that made them shinny. I still can't decide if I like them better this way . . .





Happy little family . . .



Stay tuned to see the mini doll house that I made for these cute
dolls to live in . . .


I'm linking to THESE parties this week.



23 comments:

  1. These are so sweet! I can't wait to try them myself!

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  2. What adorable little dolls! Their simple features are so eye catching. Great job.

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  3. May I complement your artistic talent! They are wonderful. Especially since you made them.

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  4. OMGosh...how adorable! These little guys are too cute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  5. Darling! You did such a great job! Your painting skills are excellent!

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  6. These are so stinkin' CUTE!!! I'm gonna have to makes some of these when my little girl gets older!

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  7. Those are great!!! You are very talented, if I were to paint them it would have been a mess! :)

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  8. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  9. precious! can't wait to see the dollhouse! thanks so much for sharing on creativejewishmom.com, hope to see you again this week!

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  10. Fantastic! These remind me of toys my grandmother gave us to play with as kids. Great idea. :)

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  11. So cute. They remind me of some wooden clothespin dolls I had as a kid. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday!

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  12. Wouldn't those be fun to make and use for alternative game pieces? Then everyone could have a game piece that really looked like them! Thanks for sharing! Please come again!

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  13. ok--those are DARLING!! i love all the cute little features on each one. you have a good hand for painting:)

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  14. these are so cute. they would be such cute cake toppers too. you could put a candle in the top, all you would need to do is drill i small hole in the top with a bit the size of a birthday candle, relatively small. oh you could paint them to like the child. i'm not so detailed with my painting but i may have to give it a shot.

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  15. So ADORABLE!!!!

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  16. So very cute! Love them. I agree with sydney, they would be great cake toppers.

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  17. My nieces would love these - might be painting a few of them this weekend to send as a summer surprise!

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  18. Great idea! Your painting looks good from here. I need to find these forms at the store. I would love to crochet over them.

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  19. So adorable! We are featuring you this week on Sister Sister! Be sure to come back and link up again!

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  20. Neat! Those may be the cutest little wooden doll family I have ever seen! You are very very talented, Great Job!

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  21. I love this idea I will be featuring it on somewhatsimple.com on Tuesday, Aug 24th. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Oh, I love these!!! And I love that you made them into your little family...I have seen a few different ideas for these, but love the family idea the best!!! :)Thanks for sharing! You are awesome!!!

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