If you or your child has a small doll house, or you've built the
Doll House Project,
then why not have fun crafting some of your own dolls to go with your
doll house? This simple to make wooden girl doll craft is a great way to
get your child into crafting.
Wood Parts for Your Miniature Doll
Shown at left are the wood components needed to make the charming little
doll shown in the inset. The doll pictured is sitting on a 1 inch cube, to
give a sense of scale.
This little doll is a perfect size for the miniature furniture shown in
other pages on this site.
To make the little doll, you'll need the following parts:
One 1 inch diameter wood ball.
One 1 inch diameter wood flower pot.
One 1 1/2 inch long wood oval shape.
Two 1 1/2 inch long lengths of 1/4 inch diameter dowel.
Two 1/4 inch dowel caps.
Two 1 1/4 inch long axle pegs.
Some curly doll hair.
Some lace trim.
The wood oval shape is available in wood shape assortments. One bag of
these will help with with endless small wood projects. You can find all the
parts for this project at Betchalike Craft Supplies online store.
Making the Miniature Doll Arms and Legs
The illustration at left shows how to make the arms and legs for the
wood craft doll.
The arms are made from the axle pegs, and only need a toothpick sized
hole drilled in the end opposite the caps. Drill about 1/4 inch from the
end of the axle.
The legs are made by gluing dowel caps on one end of each of the 1/4 inch
dowels. Then drill a hole about 1/4 inch from the other end of the dowels,
similar to the procedure for the axle pegs.
Cut the oval shape in half as shown. The halves will be used to make feet
for the little doll.
Assembling the Wood Craft Doll
The illustration at left shows how to assemble the miniature doll.
The wood ball is simply glued to the bottom of the wood flower pot, making
the doll's head.
Drill two toothpick diameter holes through the flower pot for attaching
the arms and legs. The top hole is about 1/4 inch below the head, and the
bottom hole is through the rim of the flower pot.
Put a toothpick through the shoulder holes, and glue the axle pegs onto
the toothpick and to the flower pot. Trim off the excess toothpick.
With the legs in place, shove a toothpick through the leg holes of the
flower pot and the holes in the legs. Glue the toothpick where it comes
through the flower pot holes. This will let the legs have some movement.
Trim off the excess toothpick.
Glue the feet shapes onto the bottom of the leg dowels.
When the glue is try, you can paint on a face, paint and decorate
the body, and glue on lengths of curly doll hair.
The Finished Doll with All Her Charm
Here's a finished doll. You can see she's a brunette, with a bit of
lace trim on her sleeves and dress. There's even a string of fused pearls
around the hem of the dress.
This little beauty is sitting comfortably on a 1 inch wood cube. If
you build some of the miniature furniture on my other pages, you'll
find that this little doll is just the right size to make use of it.