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Forget those expensive string dolls! Make your own, personalized string dolls! (Not intended for voodoo! ;P)
I've been making these for a while now and I figured I better share how I make them so other people can enjoy making them, too! I know it looks like a lot of steps, but a lot of them go fast and there was really no easier way for me to explain it. :/ anyhow, enjoy!!

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  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 1
    Step 1

    create a base to make your string doll's body on. use Styrofoam and glue a guide on top so you know where to put your pins. the measurements for where the pins should go is in the image.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 2
    Step 2

    now we begin to make the head. this is the brand of yarn/string I use, but anything you think will work can work. just be sure that your string isn't too thin, or your project will take twice as long to make and look half as nice!

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 3
    Step 3

    to start wrapping the head, it's easiest if you take a pony-bead and tie the string in a knot through it.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 4
    Step 4

    now start wrapping around the bead, forming the head. make sure to wrap it tight and secure so it doesn't unravel! (I should know. It's a pain in the behind.)

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 5
    Step 5

    keep wrapping until your ball of string is a little less than an inch wide. Then, cut the string about a foot and a half or so away from the ball. add two seed beads of your choice and continue to wrap the head until it is about and inch wide.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 6
    Step 6

    secure the end of the string to the heat with a dab from the hot glue gun, then cut off the access when the glue has completely hardened.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 7
    Step 7

    set the head aside. Now we begin on the body! :D get out that pin board you made earlier. start wrapping your string around the pins until there are 3 or 4 loops around each pin.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 8
    Step 8

    LISTEN UP! Here is where everything starts to get confusing!
    once finished, loop the string near the white pin on the board around each of the groups of loops (heh heh that rhymes!). Then tie that string and the string attached to the ball of yarn together. DO NOT CUT ANYTHING! the string attached to the yarn will be used to build up the rest of the body! remove the loops from the pegboard, like in the picture. see how it looks a pit like a person?

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 9
    Step 9

    we are starting by wrapping the leg. wrap the leg with the loops tight together. do this until you reach the end of the leg.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 10
    Step 10

    now start wrapping back up the leg, with the loops tight as before. congrats! You've just completed the first leg! (No pun intended!)

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 11
    Step 11

    loop the string twice around the waist of the doll.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now wrap the other leg as you did the first leg. Yay! Now you've completed leg two!

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 13
    Step 13

    wrap the string twice over the opposite shoulder of the leg you just wrapped.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 14
    Step 14

    wrap the same arm as the shoulder. You've probably got the hand of it by now! ;) then loop the string twice over the opposite shoulder.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 15
    Step 15

    wrap the final arm.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 16
    Step 16

    now wrap around the legs to create the torso.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 17
    Step 17

    cut the string a ways from the body and thread your blunt needle. at the back of the body, draw the needle up under the tors you just wrapped. this kind of keeps it from unraveling. secure the string with a drop from your hot glue gun, then trim the access string.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 18
    Step 18

    now grab the head you made earlier and secure it in the loop for the head.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 19
    Step 19

    pull the head back and dab a bit of hot glue where the head joins to the body.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 20
    Step 20

    once the glue hardens, turn the doll around and push it's head forward, repeating the step before except for the back of the head.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 21
    Step 21

    now to further secure the head, dab glue around the top and sides of the head loop so the head doesn't unexpectedly pop out. (Trust me on this! it's pretty freaky, i'm saving you of a heart attack!) Yay! you can stop here if you want, but if you totally want to embellish your doll keep going!

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 22
    Step 22

    to make hair for our doll, loop crochet thread around three of your fingers.
    (Hint; more fingers to wrap around= longer hair)

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 23
    Step 23

    pull the loops off your finger and cut a string that's pretty long.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 24
    Step 24

    tie the string into a knot around the loops.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 25
    Step 25

    now cut the loops so they look like this.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 26
    Step 26

    I can't really explain this next step, so use the picture as guidance. you sort of lay the strings flat so that they are radiating from the center.. does that make sense? :/

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 27
    Step 27

    maybe this picture explains it better?

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 28
    Step 28

    anyway, glue the hair to the doll's head. make sure all of the 'hairs' are thoroughly glued down. you don't want any flyaways.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 29
    Step 29

    now just cut and style how you want! I gave the doll bangs in this picture.

  • How to make a figurine dolls. Make Your Own String Doll! - Step 30
    Step 30

    for clothes, wrap crochet thread around the body as you did the limbs. secure the thread in the back with dabs from the hot glue gun. then, add a keychain, a jump ring, whatever! just make it yours! ;D

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Julianne K.
Julianne K.
Mine came out a bit tubby! I will try again though. Thank you, it's fab!
Jenevieve E.
Jenevieve E. · 8 projects
no prob!
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isobel.l
isobel.l · Basingstoke, England, GB · 61 projects
I made one, and shes very cute! after 2 days of crafting her, im happy with the results! thank you!
Jenevieve E.
Jenevieve E. · 8 projects
no problem! I'm glad someone enjoys making these as much as I do!
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
I always thought there was wire in those, guess I was wrong. :p This is awesome!!!!!!!!
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Ysabelle G.
Ysabelle G. · Nabua, Bicol, PH · 14 projects
OMG! This is soo cute! I'm gonna make some for my friends soon.. Happy
((Just a quick question though. How did you put on the eyes? did you insert them in the crochet thread or did you glue gun it into place?))
Jenevieve E.
Jenevieve E. · 8 projects
in step five I will usually insert the eyes onto the crochet thread. I used to glue them on, though, and you could certainly do that If you were using googly eyes or something!
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Call me Buddy
Call me Buddy · 15 projects
The headi striations dontmake any sense!
Call me Buddy
Call me Buddy · 15 projects
Sorry for my last comment I got frustrated
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Call me Buddy
Call me Buddy · 15 projects
I love this thank you for posting!
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Sophie T.
Sophie T.
Socute!! I swear it looks exactly like Danger Days Gerard Way...
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Jenevieve E.
Jenevieve E. · 8 projects
I know how you feel, you guys! I found tons of ways o make these online, but they never worked! I eventually came up with this after careful study of a string doll my dad bought on vacation. You know, the same system can be used to make lots of things. I've made mermaids, zombies with missing limbs, and even a chicken leg before! The object is to just play around with it and have fun!
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Cupcake_Warrior =)
Cupcake_Warrior =) · 82 projects
I've looked all over the place to find out how to make these, but never found anything. Thank you for sharing!!! ^-^ I'm never going to pay $10 for these again!
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