Friday, September 20, 2019
Fun hacks for your button and spool dolls
A couple of fun hacks for your button and spool dolls. The first is a simple stand, since these girls are a bit wobbly on their feet. You need some 20-22 gauge wire and a wood disk or plaque. These were purchased from Michaels. In a pinch you could use cardboard. If using cardboard, cut a couple pieces and glue them together for added sturdiness, then when done you could cover it with felt.
This plaque is about 2 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick. Take a pair of pliers and make a spiral at one end of the wire, about 3/4 of an inch in diameter, then cut the wire leaving a long straight piece 2 inches long. Bend this straight piece up perpendicular to the spiral. Put a puddle of glue in the middle of your wood plaque, then put the spiral base in the puddle and let it dry.
When dry, you can decorate the plaque with more buttons, little toys, ribbon, flowers, whatever!
Hack number two...did you know you can tea dye wood? The bead on the right was dunked in VERY strong black tea for about an hour (along with the wood spools to make the doll), and this is the color it turned, as compared to the natural wood. I love this, as I don't really like painting or staining these tiny parts.
And so my brigade of button and spool dolls continues to grow!