A voodoo doll has traditionally been used to do harm to the person it represents, but voodoo dolls can also be use for good. Whether its purpose, this spooky little doll makes a unique present.
Make the body for your voodoo doll from the two sticks or twigs placed in a "cross" shape. Wrap string or twine around the juncture of the "cross" to hold it in place.
Wrap the moss or stuffing around the body of your voodoo doll, starting in the middle and working your way up, around the head and arms, and back down the other side. Use one piece of stuffing material if possible. Wrap the stuffing tightly around the body and it tightly and it should stick, but if you can secure it with a piece of string if necessary.
Wind the fabric strips around the doll. Leave a little bit of the moss or batting sticking out at the end of the sticks and at the head. Use a little bit of glue or a needle and thread to attach the ends.
Create eyes, nose and mouth for your voodoo doll with buttons, beads, peas, seeds, or whatever strikes your fancy. Secure with glue or needle and thread.
Add further decoration or clothing if you want. You can use a different kind of fabric, leather, hair, natural materials, or anything that you like.
Make a simple tunic from a square of fabric. Cut a rectangular size to fit, cut a hole in the middle and slip it over the head of your voodoo doll. Make a belt of string, twine, yarn, ribbon or any other material. (This step is optional.)
Use tree twigs, moss and twine for a more traditional voodoo doll, or popsicle sticks and quilt batting for a contemporary doll.
Tips and warnings
- Use tree twigs, moss and twine for a more traditional voodoo doll, or popsicle sticks and quilt batting for a contemporary doll.