Friday, 10 July 2009

No Worries

Worry Dolls
On Tuesday we went to the local library to take part in their school holiday programme. They were making worry dolls for one of the activities, something Kyla and I had planned to do after reading about them in The Daring Book for Girls. The girls enjoyed it so much that they spent the afternoon at home making a whole set.
You are supposed to have seven, one for each night. You tell them your worry, then place them under your pillow, and by the end of the week you will be worry free. They have been doing it every night, so cute.
Worry DollsWrapping
No Worries, For the Rest of Your Days

Here's how to make them. First hot glue the sticks you are using for legs to the body stick.

Next, wrap the lower half in embroidery thread. This is easy if you are making a girl doll, it just looks like a skirt. For a boy, you need to wrap each leg.

Now, stick your arms on. These can go straight up or down, or diagonal, whatever look you want.
Now, wrap the upper body. Then glue a bead onto the top. The trickiest part is wrapping the head. I ended up doing this for the girls, I had to use quite a bit of glue, and I ended up with burnt fingertips a few times!

You are supposed to make seven, one for each night of the week. Use one doll a night, tell it your worry then place under your pillow. After a week, you'll be worry free :)

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