Great Craft Idea – How to Make a Time Out Doll
Have you ever heard off or seen a time out doll. These are dolls that look like real children that stand in a corner sulking hence the name “time out doll”. These dolls are very easy to make and make great gift ideas.
I have seen a lot of time out Dolls made in a variety of different ways. I choose to make them sturdy, very durable and changeable. These dolls are interchangeable, if the clothes they are wearing become dusty or dirty or even tiresome to the eye. Simply change the way they look just like you would with a small child. These time out dolls are made so that it is as simple to change them as it is a small child. This gives variety.
These dolls are made up of a body, a head, legs, and arms. The body and the legs are made of wood, the head is a Styrofoam ball and the arms are made of wire. The clothes are a babies size 1, a pair of children’s shoes, a cap or hat of your choice generally a baseball cap and a pair of baby’s cotton mittens. The body is well padded with wadding and glued together with craft glue or hot glue from a craft store.
The first thing is to assemble the body. It is made up of 2 pieces of wood, the body and the legs. The wire is inserted into a hole near the top of the body to form the arms. The next step is to wrap the wadding around the legs and the body to form the padding and then glued in place. Be generous with your padding. You can make it as thick or as thin as you like depending on the size of the clothing. Once the body and legs have been padded you also need to pad the arms. Bend the wire to the size you require and then wrap the padding around the wire all the way from the loop at the bottom to the top of the shoulder.
OK the next step is to attach the head, cover the padding and dress the Time out Doll. To attach the head you need to hammer a large thick nail into the top of the body. Make sure you place the nail in the center. Cover the nail with lots of glue and firmly place the foam ball on the nail and push the head into place. Now you need to cover the padding with stockings or hosiery. Cover the body, legs and arms of the time out doll with the stockings, make sure to stretch firmly and glue into place.
When choosing the outfit for the time out doll you can be creative as you like. The cotton mittens are used for the hands. You will also need to make sure you either have a long sleeved top or add a skivvy under the outfit to cover the arms especially when making a girl doll. You need to always have some sort of hat on the doll as there is no face because they stand in a corner. Be creative.
Congratulations you have made yourself a Time out Doll. Now stand the doll in a corner for all your friends and family to admire.