Make: A Pipe-cleaner Doll

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Pipe cleaners are versatile crafting tools, useful for model-making and doll making (as well as cleaning pipes).

These dolls take under ten minutes to make using little more than two pipe-cleaners and a little wool, plus decorative trim from from my scrap-box.

Pipe-cleaner dolls are a great community arts project as they are quick to make and inexpensive, using lightweight materials.

To make:

Twist one pipe cleaner into head, shoulders and arms.

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Twist another pipe cleaner round it and shape into legs and feet.

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Bind wool around frame to bulk out body and face. Many windings create a round face

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20191115_134347.jpgAdd hair. I separate wool strands to create pre-raphaelite waves.

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Wind more wool round to dress/hide any wonkiness.

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Add features using tiny buttons, pen, paint or broken jewellery. Tiny diamante eyes look twinkly and fun.

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You can display the dolls together to create a mini community, or even use them to create stop-motion animation (pipe cleaners mean you can pose them). You can also add fairy wings to turn them into fairies – just cut them from paper and stick on using a glue gun.

Add ribbon loops to turn them into Christmas tree decorations – maybe one for every family member/whoever you have coming for Christmas dinner.

Dolls can be tailored to the recipient – or make a mini-me.

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Have fun experimenting. You can add googly eyes or beads, buttons and tiny accessories. Play!

 

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