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How To Make a Yarn Doll

Have you ever wanted to know How To Make a Yarn Doll? This easy picture tutorial will help you and your kids make these fun DIY Toys!
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Materials

  • Yarn in any color
  • Scissors
  • A hard back book
  • buttons for eyes
  • felt and other add ons

Anna Doll

  • Pink Yarn
  • Orange Yarn
  • A Knitting Needle
  • Purple felt Blue buttons
  • Pearl Trim

Elsa Doll

  • Light Blue Yarn
  • A Knitting Needle
  • White Felt
  • White Yarn
  • Pearl Bead Trim
  • Round Pink Buttons
  • Blue Buttons
  • Snowflake buttons

Olaf Doll

  • White Yarn
  • Black Buttons
  • Carrot Button
  • Hot Glue

Instructions

  • Your doll will be about the same size of the hardback book you use so find a book the size you would like you doll. Wrap the yarn fairly tightly around the book between 30 and 40 times.
  • Tale a long length of string and slide it under the group of strings around the book.
  • Slide the string up to the top of the book and tie it tight.
  • Slide the yarn off of the book.
  • Gather one side of the loops in your hand and cinch it a couple inches from the top. This will be the head of your doll.
  • Take a small piece of string and tie it where your hand is tight.
  • Cut the loops at the opposite end of the yarn doll head.
  • Take a small section of yarn from each side of the yarn doll. These will be the doll's arms.
  • For the arms, you can either tie them at the elbow and the wrist of each arm or you can braid each arm and then tie them off with a small piece of string.
  • Tie the doll with a piece of string at the waist. If you want to change the doll from having a skirt to having pant, split the strings below the waist string into half. Tie each of the halves, halfway at the knees and then each at the ankles too.
  • My girls still have Frozen Fever around here, so we made a set of fun Frozen yarn dolls for them to enjoy. You can find the instructions for each individual doll below.

Anna Doll

  • Wrap the orangeĀ  yarn around the bamboo skewer.
  • Spray it down with water and bake on a cookie sheet 30-45 minutes at 200 degrees until the yarn is dry. This will set the yarn to make it curly.
  • Peel the yarn from the skewer.
  • Make the doll just as the tutorial above shows.
  • Hot glue the strands of orange hair to the head, add the blue buttons for the eyes.
  • Add the pearl bead trim around the neck and waist of the doll.
  • Make a cape out of the Purple felt by cutting a rectangle the length of the doll from the neck to the end of the dress strings.
  • Round the bottom edge of the cape and then hot glue it to the neck of the doll.
  • Embellish the cape with flowers.

Elsa Doll

  • Wrap the white yarn around the bamboo skewer.
  • Spray it down with water and bake on a cookie sheet 30-45 minutes at 200 degrees until the yarn is dry. This will set the yarn to make it curly.
  • Peel the yarn from the skewer.
  • Make the doll just as the tutorial above shows.
  • Hot glue the strands of white hair to the head, add the blue buttons for the eyes and the pink buttons for the cheeks.
  • Add the pearl bead trim around the neck and waist of the doll.
  • Make a cape out of the white felt by cutting a rectangle the length of the doll from the neck to the end of the dress strings.
  • Round the bottom edge of the cape and then hot glue it to the neck of the doll.
  • Embellish the cape with snowflakes.

Olaf Doll

  • Find a small hardback book to make Olaf. I used a mini board book from a Chick-Fil-A kids meal.
  • Wrap the yarn around the book about 20-30 times.
  • Tie the yarn and then slide it off.
  • Tie off a head, but do not cut the bottom strings.
  • Hot glue the buttons to the face.

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