WOW, I am so delighted at the response we have had about the Made It challenge – thank you so much for your enthusiasm. I cannot WAIT to see what you all have up your sleeves and am sooooo looking forward to having a go at making a few of them too!
Well, I am pleased to say that I have finished my project that I am entering! Not that it took too long – in fact, it was one of the quickest projects I have ever completed but I was so worried that I would be late – I am not good with deadlines (even self-imposed ones) and with the kids being on school holidays, it’s been a bit hectic around here!
So here they are…7 little Rainbow Kids!
One day last year, my then 5 year old daughter came home from school with a little doll which was roughly made from paper and material.That day, her teacher had told the class about Guatemalan worry dolls, which I have always been intrigued about. She loved that little doll even though it fell apart they next day! At the same time, she had going through a phase where she was clingy, wanted to be with me all the time. She was afraid to go to bed on her own and getting her to school was a tough job. After seeing how much she loved her little “worry doll” I decided to make her a HAPPY DOLL instead – one that she could whisper her fears to, tuck put under her pillow at night and fill her dreams with happy thoughts! They worked so well and helped my little monkey gain more confidence.
At first, I had no idea how I was going to make them until I noticed that one of my daughters toys, a little DIY fairy castle, had instructions on how to make your own fairy princess using yarn and pipe cleaners – easy peasy. PERFECTO!
So this is what you need:
some pipe cleaners, wooden beads, yarn and scissors –that’s it!
I had a ball of rainbow coloured, variegated cotton which I was eagerly wanting to use so I added some plain bright coloured cotton to go with it.
Step 1 – Take a pipe cleaner and cut into two pieces making sure that the second piece is HALF the size of the first. The longer piece will be the body and the smaller with be the arms.
Step 2 – Bend each piece of pipe cleaner in 2 (lost the pic with both pieces bent but you get it!)
Step 3 – Next for the hair, using some yarn, gather some strands together making a zig zag motion until you have a bunch like this and snip when you have enough hair:
You now should have something like this 🙂
Step 4 – Take the longer piece of pipe cleaner and put the “hair” in the centre of it like this:
Step 5 – Take the bead and feed it along both ends of the bent pipe cleaner and push right up to the hair. You now have the a little kiddie taking shape!
Step 6 – Take the shorter piece of pipe cleaner and twist them around the “neck” so that they are attached as arms
Step 7 – Now all you have to do is dress the little munchkins. Take some yarn and leaving a decent tail for tying in later, start wrapping the yarn tightly beginning with the torso, then to each leg and back up to each arm. You may wrap up and down each limb a couple of times to build up the body but this will depend on how chunky you want the doll to be or how thick your yarn is
Step 7 – Once you have finished cut the yarn and tie to the tail at the back. Then taking your scissors, cut through the loops at the end of the hair to let loose those wild locks!
There you go, she’s finished – Voila!!!
Only thing left to do is add 6 siblings let them play…
aaaah I LOVE these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so so gorgeous x
Thank you!!! So quick and easy…ahem, where is your entry madam, hmmmm?!
Absolutely brilliant, colourful and cute xx
Thanks my sis!!! xxxxx
They are great. So happy and colourful and you have done the faces so well. Now maybe I could see if I could make some with my grandaughter when she next comes for a visit!
Thank you! They are such fun to make and the kids love getting involved. The faces came painted on the beads when I bought them – they probably would have looked like zombies if I’d had a go!!! I’m looking forward to your entry 🙂
What a great project! Would also be fun to do with a child.
Thanks so much! Yes, my daughter loves making them, it’s an easy project for them to get involved in x
So cute! And something that I could actually manage 🙂
HAHAH, I soooo know what you mean! Wish I could say that it took me forever, but even my little can make it in minutes!!!
Wow these are soooo cute! And look so easy to make! ❤
Thanks Samantha, yes they really are 🙂
Love how their hair sticks straight up like they stuck their finger in a socket!! Think I might do this with the boys when their summer holidays start.
Make the dolls… Not have them stick their finger in a socket!!
Oh well done Trish!!! Post a pic of them please!
HAHAHA, I know, crazy right!
Super Cute .. LOOOOOOVE the colors 🙂
Heehee thanks so much!
I love rainbows! these are adorable. My list of things I must do from your page is growing 🙂
Thanks Lyndell!!! xxx
Lovely bright & cheery.
A great way to use up wool too.
I want to make them!
Thank you! Heehee, they are one project that even idiots like me can manage!!!!
Very nice 🙂 They are so cute 😀
Thanks so much Tara 🙂
oh WOW LOVE LOVE LOVE these… I have to have 😀
Heeehee thanks honey….and so you shall!!!
I love them!!!!!!! I wanna make them . All 7 of them in every colour, and I am not just saying that because I have known you for years and years!!! They are the cutest thing I have ever seen x 🙂
Ahhhhh thanks Kryspy!!! YOU CAN, you can make the whole Rainbow Nation if you want to – it’s that easy heeheeee
I so love these. They are a great idea, they are colourful, they look great… need I go on?
Thank you soooo much, very fun to make! Don’t forget to enter!!!
These are lovely, I might have to get my hands on some pipe cleaners 🙂
Thanks so much…I went to the local tobacconist for some (not the ones in my post) as they are usually stronger that the crafty ones that are usually available!
Love them, will definitely be making some with my little boys!
Thank you so much for your comment! Your boys will have a ball making these little guys and even more fun playing with them! I really love your blog and the work you do – truly inspiring!
Maryanne, these are simply adorable. Will put this on my list as one of the things I should make with my little boy when he’s a little bit older. Thank you very much for sharing.
Thank you so much! I have no doubt that little AJ will have lots of fun making these guys with his Mom x
OMG!! soooo cute. I’m totally gone try these!! Thanks
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Thank you for sharing how to make these … I see the next project with the grandchildren!
Thank you! I would love to see them 🙂