Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Indian / Bollywood Party, part 2 {Indian Doll Favor}

For Sophie's party, I decided to make each girl an Indian princess. I searched high and low for ideas online, and didn't find what I had in mind, although there are some cute ones out there. This is what I came up with.

Do you remember my kokeshi tutorial from the Japanese birthday party last year? You can see it HERE. I was wanting the girls to be able to dress their own dolls or something for the party, but couldn't figure out a fast and easy way to do it, so I decided to just make them.

Here are the doll heads all painted.

You will need:

 HEAD - Dowel Caps 1 1/4"; (not ball knobs - dowel have a bigger opening, and the clothespin will fit inside) $2.99 for 12 at Hobby Lobby

BUNS - Wooden Ball Knobs 3/4" with a 3/16" hole - Hobby Lobby, $1.47 for 6

I cut a skin tone pipe cleaner in half, and wrapped it around the body. I know you can wrap these with embroidery floss, to make the arms look better, and not so fuzzy, but I wasn't about to take the time to do that ;)

next, I cut circles out of fabric that I already had. I got a bunch of it from DI. I LOVE it, and can't find it on stores anymore ;(

I folded each piece in 4ths, and snipped the corner off for the head hole.

Then snipped one side, which cut two sides at the same time for the arm holes.

You will want to dress the little ladies before you attach the heads, or the dress won't go on ;)

I cut out strips of fabric for the belt.

Then, tied them in a knot in back.

After that, I put the sari on each doll. I just used ribbon from Hobby Lobby. I had to play with it to get it to work. I just stapled it in the back.

I tried to glue the heads on with craft glue, and this was not a good idea!!! It didn't dry fast enough, and the heads were really heavy, so they ended up looking like they were nodding, or the glue started to drip. So, I just ended up using hot glue. It worked great, and I stood them in cups to get the proper posture.

Here's a pile of them all finished. I did this weeks before the party, and it was so nice to just have them finished and out of the way.

They were so cute, that I just had to keep one for myself!

Here is a little peak of how they were displayed at the party. More about that later ;)


Unknown said...

They are SO cute!

shelley said...

I want one!
They are Ah--Mazing :)

Unknown said...

Hi, These dolls are very cute! I want to make them so had a quick question. After you dress them up, how do you make them stand? Did you give any support at the bottom? you can email me at lakshmihv.8@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

These are adorable. I'm trying to make them. I just don't understand how the bun attaches to the head. Could you let me know? malabajpai@hotmail.com

restlessrisa said...

Hot glue :)

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