Guatamalan Worry Doll

Traditionally these dolls are a bit over one inch tall; these are quite a bit larger -- easier for young children to make!

Tell your troubles to your doll before you go to bed, and when placed under the bed or pillow the doll will work to take the worries away.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Multi-colored yarns make for wonderful costumes for these dolls!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Craft sticks can be broken or cut with scissors (the break won't show), but we discovered that our pruning tool made the cut even and quick.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    If you don't want to use hot glue, then glue each craft stick to the shoulder, hold it in place with masking tape, and leave it until it dries. We opted for the glue gun, which allowed us to make our dolls immediately.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Maddie chose her yarn, and began wrapping the doll, starting underneath the arms. You can wrap the legs individually, or make a skirt. She enjoyed wrapping -it went quickly- but I did have to show her to make sure the yarn was 'pushed up', so as not to leave any uncovered gaps. When the lower part was done, she came up to the neck, and wrapped over the shoulders, and down the arms a bit.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    When she was done with wrapping each area, she put a bit of glue on the end of the yarn, and tucked it in--under the arm for above, and between the feet for the bottom half.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Lastly, with a permanent pen, she gave her dolls a face and hair. She didn't opt for shoes, but you certainly could!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    They're all finished! A collection of dolls to ensure sweet dreams and a happy morning.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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