Sometimes I see something like these Santa and Mrs. Claus dolls in the craft store and I wonder what people are making with them. Is it an item that is past it’s prime? Or can I find a way to make them a little more current?
I’m not sure if I succeeded or not… you’ll have to be the judge of THAT!
I’m not so into making plastic dolls but I did like their heads. So I ripped them off.
I kind of feel like that kid (was it Sid?) in the first Toy Story movie. (insert maniacal laugh here)
THEN I inserted a 3/8″ x 36″ dowel rod in their noggins and filled them with hot glue.
OK, I didn’t really FILL their heads but I did use quite a lot. I mean, it’s OK if I PULL their heads off but I don’t want them to FALL off.
And I covered a large paper machè cone with squiggles of Aleene’s Tacky Glue and red craft felt. Let dry and trim excess.
The pattern above is for the hands and bodies/shirts/dress of the puppets. I cut the body out of red felt and the hands from stiff white felt. To print the pattern; right click and then click on PRINT.
For a “New Sew” project I used Beacon Adhesive’s Fabri-Tac to secure all of the fabric elements.
Then I trimmed them out in white fur and added buttons. For Mrs Claus I gathered the top of a strip of felt and glued it on for a skirt AND THEN glued the fur on.
There now, isn’t that better? Of course now I have to find something to do with the rest of their bodies. Hmmmm…