Handmade Bride & Groom Dolls

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Handmade Bride & Groom Dolls
Homemade bride and groom dolls hold sentimental value. (doll image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Getting married is a momentous occasion that the happy couple will want to remember for a lifetime. Although photos can capture the moment, homemade bride and groom dolls bring memories of the wedding day in a special way. When the dolls are handcrafted, they likely will become treasured keepsakes. Using a few crafting essentials, you can create customised figures bursting with personality to present to the newlyweds as a gift or as wedding favour samples.

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Things you need

  • 2 muslin doll bodies, 8 inches tall
  • Fabric paint
  • Scraps of white lace, silk and ruffles
  • Scissors
  • Square white fabric, 8 inch by 8 inch
  • Yarn
  • Rhinestones

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  1. 1

    Place one of the muslin-stuffed doll bodies on your workspace. This will become the groom doll. Paint on a tuxedo using black and white fabric paint. Set it aside to dry.

  2. 2

    Place the other doll body on your workspace. Use the hot glue gun to attach scraps of white lace, silk or ruffles to the torso of the body. This will become the bodice of the wedding dress for the bride doll.

  3. 3

    Cut a circle of white cloth with an 8-inch diameter. Fold the circle in half and then in quarters. Cut off a 1/2 inch of the inner corner. Unfold the circle. This is the skirt portion of the bride doll's wedding dress.

  4. 4

    Slip the doll body into the hole at the centre of the skirt. Glue the fabric to the doll's waist. You can add bits of ribbon, ruffles or beads for a more ornate style.

  5. 5

    Paint smiling faces on the bride and groom. Add jewelery, shoes and the groom's hair with fabric paint.

  6. 6

    Cut 20 pieces of yarn in an appropriate length and colour for the bride doll's hair. Glue them to the bride doll's head. Add a row of rhinestones to create a tiara.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make a bouquet out of tiny craft flowers.
  • Always supervise young children around homemade items, as small pieces could break off and pose a choking hazard.

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