How to Make a Mini Doll Christmas Tree!

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Hello!!

Can you believe that it is Christmas time already?

Well, believe it or not,

’tis the season…

to make Christmas trees out of pipe cleaners! You thought I was going to say to be jolly, didn’t you?!

Well, I’m going to show you how to make a cute Christmas tree for your mini dolls!

Let’s get started!

Gather:

  • Pipe Cleaners (8 or more green, and around 3 brown)
  • A Wooden Dowel (probably about as thick as a pencil)
  • Beads/Charms
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Brown Paint

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First, take your dowel and cut it so it is about an inch taller than your doll (depending on how tall you want your tree to be). Then paint it brown.

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Now take a brown pipe cleaner, and fold it so there are two folds, so the pipe cleaner is bent into thirds (make the center section a little smaller than the outer ones).

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Now fold in the middle of each of the 3 sections to make something like the three pronged formation. The orange arrows point to the places you bend, and the dark green is the pipe cleaner ends sticking up vertically. The pink shows where the corners end up.

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It should look something like this when you are done.

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Now allow little ends to stick up, and twist those onto the end of your dowel. Reinforce this with more brown pipe cleaners, twisting around the dowel to make the point of attachment stronger, and twisting around the prongs to make them stronger. This is the base of your tree! So make sure it can stand well on it’s own.

Now this part is a little confusing to explain, but we’re going to make the tree branches.

Take a green pipe cleaner and twist it’s end to the top of the dowel to attach it. Leave the tip of the pipe cleaner sticking up above the dowel. I can show you why later.

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Now you are going to start wrapping the pipe cleaner around the tree. Add branches as you go by bending the pipe cleaner out away from the tree, then folding it over, back to the dowel. Then you can wrap a little, and repeat. You want the branches to gradually wrap down the tree towards the base. Add more pipe cleaners as needed.

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Once you get to the base (or a little above) you can adjust the branches to your liking. And now you have a cute little Christmas tree!

And for ornaments, just take beads or charms, and put a little string through them. Tie it off, trim if needed, and hang in on the tree! Remember how I had you leave a little bit of pipe cleaner sticking up at the top? You can use this to put a star shaped bead on top! (Well, I used the back of a yellow flower, but it looks like a star 😉 )

And your done!

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The minis had a lot of fun with their Christmas tree, and if you make this craft I hope your minis will too!

 

Bye for now!

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Menu Monday #4

Howdy!

It’s dinner time! Or, at least, time to make it!

Today let’s stir up some soup!

Supplies to make the bowl:

  • Paper (card stock is preferred)
  • Glue
  • Tape (like scotch)
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • A compass or a couple sizes of circle (a jar and a smaller circle object, for instance)

Ingredients for the soup:

  • Paper
  • A kind of stuffing (tissue paper, tissue, stuffing, etc.)
  • Beads or bits of foam or paper or something of the sort…
  • Paint
  • Modge podge or a clear drying glue
  • Toothpick

This first section is making the bowl. If you have a bottle cap or something else you can use as a bowl for this craft, then you can skip to the next part (after the “- – – – – – -“)

Take your paper, you are going to cut out a shape like this:

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Basically a rainbow a half circle in a half circle. I used a jar as a stencil for the bigger half circle, and a pencil sharpener for the other.

NOTE: Make sure that the half circles are about as half as they can be, not more, not less. And make sure that the smaller circle is the same length from the large circle the whole way around.

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Now pull the two ends together to make a cone/bowl like shape with an open bottom. Tape the ends together.

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Now put the bowl thing you made on some paper and hold it Carefully. You don’t want to bend the bowl, resulting in a lopsided traced circle. I set it on the paper, and then laid my two fingers on top of it like above.

Then trace the inside of it (Carefully). Then cut around the lines you made (not on them, the circle should be a little bigger than the traced one)

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Now see how the circle can lay on the bowl?

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Put the circle on some paper or something (in case it gets stuck to it in the proceeding steps), and then place the bowl on top of the circle, lining it up with it, so that it’s fully sitting on it (or as much as it can be). put a drop (only a drop) of glue in the center of the circle. Get out your toothpick. Hold the bowl gently, similarly to how you held it to trace it earlier, and use the toothpick to push the glue to the sides of the bowl, so that it can dry holding the bottom edge of the bowl to the little circle/ bottom of the bowl.  Let dry.

Take the bowl off the platform it was sitting on, but be careful (I wonder how many times I used that word) in case it stuck, (and make sure the base is securely glued on) You may paint it if you like.

 

And now you should have a nice bowl!

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Let’s make the soup now, shall we?

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Glue some stuffing into the bottom of your bowl.

Cut a circle of paper slightly smaller than the rim of your bowl. It should sit in the bowl leaving some space left for a thick layer of “soup.” You may need to push the stuffing down. That’s fine; it’s there to (hopefully) help hold up the paper. Now remove it, so you can put glue…

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…along the edges of the stuffing in the bowl. Push the paper circle over the stuffing (make sure the edges meet the bowl, but don’t cave it in) and put something with a little weight on it (like a paint bottle), to hold it down while it dries (so the stuffing doesn’t push it up).

Once dry, put a pretty large glob of paint (the color you want your soup to be) into your bowl, as well as another glob of modge podge/a clear drying glue (The glue helps take up space and make the paint more liquid-y). Mix them together in your bowl and spread the paint mixture evenly over the bowl. Add more, if needed, until your bowl is filled up as much as you want. (The paint should be deep enough that your beads and things are taller, but that they don’t practically sit on top of the soup. They’re supposed to be in the soup 🙂 )

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Drop beads or pieces of foam or paper into the bowl for the things in the soup (carrots, beans, or whatever is in your soup).

Let dry.

And now you have some tasty soup for your doll! 😀

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I made four kinds; one for each doll: Black bean, broccoli cheddar, clam chowder, and chicken noodle soup.

I hope you enjoy this craft!

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Sockathon – Day 3

It is the final day of the Sockathon! I hope you enjoyed this short little series!

Today I’m going to show you how to make your mini doll a ghost costume! (from a sock, of course)

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Isn’t it cute?

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First, lay the sock on its side, and cut the sock like shown above, with the cut in the middle going up to her shoulders (with her head lined up with the top)

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Then put it on your mini doll, short side in front, and make sure her arms fit below the cut, so they can move around when she’s trick-or-treating 😉 . Then feel for where her eyes are, and carefully mark with a pencil where that is, or  just remember. 🙂

Then take it off of her, and cut tiny holes where her eyes will be. You can stick your fingers in them to make them a little larger.

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“OooOOOoooH!” *giggles behind costume*

Then put it on and your done!

Did you enjoy the Sockathon?

Bye for now!

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Sockathon! Day 2

Ready for Day 2 of the Sockathon?

Today we will complete our outfits from Day 1 with accessories!

First, I’ll show you how to make hats!

This first version is a slouchy beanie.

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Cut off the sock right before the heel. Make it as long as possible!!!

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Then put it on your doll and adjust it as desired. I had to kind of hold it on her head, and pull/fold the slouchy part until I liked it. I think it turned out super cute. 🙂

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You can also fold up the edges and pull it on so it’s not slouchy.

If you do not want a slouchy beanie, nor folded edges,.you can just cut the hat smaller.

 

Headbands are very simple to make.

Both of the following 2 pieces can be used for headbands:

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(the two pieces on the right)

On the doll:

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Alright, on to scarves!

Let’s make some infinity scarves!

You can cut straight across, just like the thick headband, and get something like this:
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It’s nice, but it’s kind of tight. So…

You can also…

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(It’s the top piece we’re lookin’ at)

Cut a long angle. I cut from the foot of a sock, but you can also cut from the leg/ankle.

Then you can trim the edges so the width of the scarf is more uniform,

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And you can lay the sock like this, and cut a little, where the orange lines are, to make the scarf longer.

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To make a straight scarf…

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Cut out the middle section of the sock, lengthwise (so the toe stays intact, to become the middle of the scarf.

Unfold, and add fringe, if you want to,

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And try it on your doll! Cute! 🙂

I made a few different outfits with the accessories and clothing I made for these last two sock sessions 😉 .

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I used the long infinity scarf and wrapped it around her neck twice for this one.

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You can use a headband as a hair tie/scrunchy, too.

I hope you enjoyed all this DIY no-sew clothing!

But the Sockathon isn’t quite over yet! Tomorrow is the bonus sock outfit–a mini-doll Halloween costume! Stay tuned!

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Sockathon! Day 1

Hiii!

Remember when I included this sneak peak in a past post:

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Well, the sneak peak was for a sock craft series! Yaaay!

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Basically I’ll have a few days in which I give you no-sew how-to’s to make clothing for your dolls–out of socks!

This idea actually formed when Madison posted a no-sew mini doll skirt from a sock, and so I went to the store a bought some of socks for mini skirts (as well as one for Clara’s leotard); then I was super inspired by the many no-sew sock things you can make, and wanted to do a little series! (So then I bought MORE socks XD )

By the end of this series you can have a complete, accessorized outfit for your dolls–all out of socks! …Minus the shoes 🙂

Series Schedule (Dates may change):

Day 1 (Today): Base outfit

Day 2 (Tomorrow): Accessories!

Day 3 (Sunday): Bonus Mini doll Halloween costume

All you need for these tutorials will be socks and scissors!

 

So today I will show you how to make a doll shirt and a doll skirt! The preferable socks to use should be stretchy, not too thin, and relatively large, if possible.

Let’s start with the shirt.

First, I recommend you pull your doll’s hair into a side ponytail, to keep it out of the way.

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Lay your sock on your doll, the open top on her neck, and find where you want the bottom of the shirt to be.

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Take it off of your doll and cut across where that spot is. I recommend cutting it larger then you think you want– you can always cut more off, but you can’t cut less!

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Now you are going to cut the rim of the sock like the above picture. (The front of the shirt is at the side, as you can see; Don’t cut that!)

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Cut the loose rim in the middle, so that you have two string-like things coming from the shirt. You may want to stretch them a bit.

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Pull the shirt on your doll, and pull the sock up higher on her chest. Take the loose ends and tie them around her neck.

Now you have a cute halter top!

 

Next, let’s make a pencil skirt! This one is super easy!

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Just lay the sock on your doll, open end on her waist, and find where you want the skirt to end. Cut straight across (again, I recommend cutting bigger that you originally think). Then you can try it on your doll.

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Now you have a cute and easy no-sew outfit for your doll! All from some simple socks!

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I also made this shirt, a longer version of the original. I paired it with some leggings I already had. I also cut the halter top “strings” so the space connecting them to the shirt was smaller.

How do you like the “Sockathon” so far?

Stay tuned for accessory how-to’s tomorrow!! 😀

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