Kids can make these easy craft stick yarn dolls with just 3 simple supplies! These homemade dolls are simply adorable – perfect for a doll house or for pretend play, and the process of making them is very fun and addictive. Check out our paint stick dolls too! They were a huge hit with the hooligans as well.
I have been dying to share our craft stick dolls with you for weeks! We made a whole bunch of them over a month ago but our Valentines focus and a family vacation prevented me from writing up the post.
The process for making these dolls is really quick and easy, and great for helping kids develop fine-motor skills as well as wrapping and winding skills.
Be warned: making these dolls is highly addictive! Because you can whip up a doll so quickly, it’s easy to make one after another, after another. Go for it! Using different yarn combinations, you can make a different doll each and every time.
On this particular morning, the 3’s and I made several dolls, and I snapped lots of pictures of their little hands wrapping and winding, but as luck would have it, later that day, I discovered the memory card wasn’t in my camera.
Miss 8 to the rescue! When she arrived after school, she fell in love with our doll project and over the course of an hour or so, she made many little craft stick dolls for herself.
She had a whole family to take home with her by the end of the afternoon:
Let me show you how we made them.
To make our craft stick yarn dolls, you’ll need:
- jumbo craft sticks (also known as popsicle sticks)
- scraps of yarn or wool
- small buttons
- permanent markers
- low heat glue gun
NOTE: I chose to use a low heat glue gun as opposed to a high heat glue gun so the kids could safely do the gluing.
Making your yarn dolls:
From your yarn collection, choose a “dress” colour for your doll.
Snip a long length of yarn from the ball.
Starting close to the bottom of the craft stick, begin winding your yarn around the stick to create the doll’s dress. Trap your starting piece of yarn in place by wrapping over it a few times.
Continue wrapping and winding your way up the stick, stopping an inch or so from the top, leaving space for your doll’s face and hair.
Cut your yarn, and secure it with a small dab of glue from the glue gun.
Now, choose a hair colour for your doll, and wrap that around the top of the stick. It can get a bit tricky up at the rounded top of the craft stick. You can dab a bit of glue there to keep the yarn from slipping off the end.
Once your doll’s hair is finished, use a marker to draw a face on your doll, and glue a few buttons down the front of her dress.
And that’s all there is too it!
Aren’t these little dolls adorable? And they’re so quick and easy to make!
Your kids can make a whole family or community of craft stick dolls in no time.
They won’t be able to stop at just one!
If your kids enjoyed this project, they may also enjoy this simple God’s Eye craft.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.