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Handmade Christmas: painted toys

Holiday crafts, Painting - Dyeing, tutorial  |  December 20th 2010  |  0 Comment

Handmade Christmas: painted toys

I love these little ladies-  they are fairly simple to make, and look so cute!   Russian nesting dolls are called matryoshka, or baboushka.  Japanese round or tall dolls are called kokeshi.   Whatever you decide to call them, they are characterized by their distinct body shape and lack of appendages.  I love how they look, and thought they would make cute ornaments or jewelry.  I also found some really cute free printables, (and linked to them in the bottom of this post) so you can have a matching card and tag too.

You will need: old style wooden clothespins (available at the dollar tree,) acrylic paint in a few colors, a paintbrush or two, and some way to cut your clothes pins (I used a dremel tool)
First, trim the bottoms off of your clothespins.  I tried a hack saw at first, but I am not too adept at using one on something so small.  I used the cutter blade of my dremel with great results – if I had a band saw I would have used it.
The bottoms of the dolls were pretty rough when I got done with them, so I used a sander bit to level them out, and slightly rounded the edges for a more finished look.
Here are the wooden blanks, all lined up and waiting to come to life.
Acrylic paint dries quickly, so by the time I finished one base coat on all seven dolls, the first one was completely dry and ready for the next color.  Lighter colors may require two coats to hide the wood grain – I let it show through a few because I liked how it looked.
Add a hood, and then a face.  There are several styles that you can do, do a google image search if you need more inspiration.
Paint on a swatch of hair, eyes and a mouth, and some rosy cheeks.  The faces really make a huge difference, and the hoods suddenly look so much better.
Have fun adding details.  You could also draw on the dolls with a sharpie marker, or make dot flowers using the handle of your paint brush.
They look pretty nice already, but a coat of varnish really makes them appear more finished.  I used a brush on polyurethane, and the eyes bled a tiny bit.  A clear coat spray paint would be much easier to apply, and less likely to affect the paint.
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