Make Your Own Doll For Your Doll House
If you or your child has a small dollhouse, or you’ve built the Miniature Dollhouse project shown on another blog page, then why not have fun crafting some of your own dolls to go with your dollhouse? 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 above are the wood components needed to make the charming little doll shown in the inset. The pictured doll is sitting on a 1 inch cube, to give a sense of scale. This little doll is a perfect size for the miniature furniture projects coming soon on other pages off 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.
- Two toothpicks.
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 Wood Crafting Materials.
Making the Miniature Doll Arms and Legs
The illustration above 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 small hole drilled in the end opposite the caps. Drill a hole about the size of a toothpick about 1/4 inch from the end of the axle. The hole will allow a toothpick to be used to attach the arms to the body.
The legs are made by gluing dowel caps on one end of each of the 1/4 inch dowels. Drill a hole about 1/4 inch from the end opposite the dowel caps, similar to the procedure for the axle pegs.
Cut the flat 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 above 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. The upside-down flower pot makes the body with dress.
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 peg arms onto the toothpick and to the flower pot, Position the arms in the poise you desire before the glue sets. Trim off any excess toothpick the protrudes beyond the arms.
With the legs in place, shove a toothpick through the leg holes of the flower pot and the holes in the legs. The legs should be positioned to dangle from inside the opening of the flower pot. Glue the toothpick where it comes through the flower pot holes, but not where it passes through the legs. This will let the legs have some movement.
Trim off the excess toothpick the extends beyond the flower pot rim.
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 to the doll’s head.
The Finished Doll with All Her Charm
Here’s a finished doll. You can see that she’s a brunette, and has 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 that will be posted soon, you’ll find that this little doll is just the right size to make use of it.