If you’re looking for an easy way to entertain kids while out and about, look no further. These Travel Pipecleaner Dolls are perfect for long car rides, busy restaurants, and religious services!
As a little girl (not so many years ago! ?), I remember being absolutely enamored with anything that was miniature. I would have been crazy about these Travel Pipecleaner Dolls! Once you get the hang of the process, they’re easy to make and customize. Perfect for entertaining your kids on the go!
Travel Pipecleaner Dolls
- 1″ wooden beads
- Assorted pipecleaners
- Embroidery Floss
- Unfinished Wood Matchbox
- Craft Felt Sheets
- Wool Roving
- Child-Safe Hot Glue Gun
Time needed: 30 minutes.
All you need is a few craft supplies and some imagination to make your own Travel Pipecleaner Dolls!
- Doll Assembly
Cut one pipecleaner into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces. Fold the longer piece in half and push through bead. Use scissors to trim excess off loop extending from top of bead. Add a section of embroidery floss through loop and pull down until hair is secure in place. Hot glue hair if necessary. Wrap limbs in embroidery floss to create body. Finish with a double knot.
- Make clothes and accessories
Totally optional but you can also cut up little pieces of felt to make clothes for your Travel Pipecleaner Dolls. Just use the dolls as templates. Keep in mind that their heads are pretty big so you’re probably going to want to slide on any clothes from the feet up.
- Decorate the matchbox
I highly recommend using your Cricut to cut some cute designs from Heat Transfer Vinyl for the front of the matchbox. You can find the “My Little Friend” design here.
- Apply vinyl
Once you’ve cut out your words or image, use your preferred heating device to apply the vinyl cut outs to the front of the matchbox. I went super simple with just words but you could also decorate the box with scenery for the dolls to enjoy.
- Insert dolls
With the dolls and matchbox completed, just place them inside and close the box.
Ready to Go!
I love that I was able to make three little dolls in different skin tones and hair types. A bit of watered down acrylic paint stained the wood beads perfectly! Hope you enjoy making this project as much as I did. I seriously don’t know who loves these cute little dolls more – my kids or I!
I’d love to see how you customize this project so make sure you tag me on my social media accounts!
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