How to Make a Doll Out of Modeling Clay

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How to Make a Doll Out of Modeling Clay
Modelling clay comes in many colours. (modelling clay image by FotoWorx from

Creating a doll out of modelling clay lets you use your imagination to make a toy that has been around for centuries. The flexibility and ease of use offered by modern-day modelling clay allows both adults and children to mould their dolls any way they want. Baking the clay hardens the doll to create a lasting toy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Modelling clay (various colours)
  • Glass baking dish
  • Wood dowel with pointed tip
  • Plastic rolling pin
  • Paper clips

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  1. 1

    Make the doll's appendages with skin-coloured clay. Slice a chunk of clay off of the clay brick.

  2. 2

    Roll the slice of clay into a rounded length. Place the piece between your open palms and rub your palms up and down, rolling the clay between them. Stop rolling when the clay is the appropriate thickness for the arm. Make one of the arms a little longer. Cut off the extra length of the arm to make a neck.

  3. 3

    Shape one of the ends of each arm into a mitten-like hand. Use the dowel to make lines in the mitten for fingers. Use the knife to cut off the uneven ends. Repeat the process for the second arm.

  4. 4

    Slice a larger chunk of clay off the brick and repeat the process to make two legs. Mold one end of each leg into a foot.

  5. 5

    Cut off a chunk of clay to make the head. Roll the clay into a ball between open palms. The head can remain a round ball or mould it into an oblong ball for a different head shape. Use the dowel to etch in the face or use bits of different coloured clay for the eyes and mouth. Mold the nose from the same clay as the head. Attach the head to the neck piece. Smooth the neck clay into the head.

  6. 6

    Take a thicker piece of clay and mould it into a rounded rectangle for the body. Make the body wide enough to support the two legs.

  7. 7

    Attach the legs, arms and neck to the body. Straighten the paper clips. Push a paper clip through each appendage, leaving about a 1/4 inch of paper clip out of the clay. Push that part of the paper clip into the body. Smooth the clay on the appendage onto to the body. Attach the neck and head in the same manner.

  8. 8

    Use a different colour of clay for the hair. Use the rolling pin to flatten the clay. Mold the piece around the back and top of the head. For more detail, use the dowel to make lines in the hair.

  9. 9

    Set aside a large chunk of clay for the dress. Roll flat. Use the knife to cut out the front of the dress. Duplicate the pattern for the back of the dress. Fit both pieces onto the doll. Attach the two dress pieces by moulding the seams together.

  10. 10

    Bake the moulding clay doll according to the instructions that come with the clay. Different manufacturers recommend different times and temperatures to bake their clay. Use the glass baking dish to hold the clay while in the oven. When the doll is finished baking, let cool before touching.

Tips and warnings

  • Never leave the house when the clay is baking.

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