How to make curly doll hair with yarn

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How to make curly doll hair with yarn
Learn how to curl yarn instead of purchasing expensive premade doll wigs. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Doll wigs can be made using real or artificial hair or yarn. Yarn is inexpensive and can be used to create lifelike hair for your doll. When using yarn, there is no need to settle for stick-straight hair. Yarn can be manipulated to get short, curly hair or curls that fall past the doll's shoulders.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Short curls:
  • Yarn
  • Pencil or marker
  • Scissors
  • Cascading curls:
  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Baking trays
  • Spray bottle with water

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    Short Curls

  1. 1

    Wrap yarn loosely around a pencil or marker. Do not wrap the yarn tight. When you reach the end of the pencil or marker, leave a long tail of yarn; the tail should be longer than the object around which the yarn is wrapped.

  2. 2

    Pull the tail through the yarn loops around the pencil or marker.

  3. 3

    Push the looped yarn off the pencil or marker. Use the tail that was wove back through the yarn to sew the hair to the doll's head, keeping the curls gathered.

    Cascading Curls

  1. 1

    Place two knitting needles together.

  2. 2

    Wrap the yarn around the pair of needles. The tighter the tarn is wrapped, the tighter the curls will be.

  3. 3

    Preheat the oven to 121 degrees Celsius.

  4. 4

    Spray the yarn curls with water. The yarn should be damp, not soaking wet. Place the needles on a baking tray.

  5. 5

    Bake the needles for 10 minutes or until dry. The heat will help set the curls.

  6. 6

    Slide the yarn curls off the knitting needles and sew or glue them to the doll's head.

Tips and warnings

  • Short, looped curls make ideal hair for males dolls because they will make small rows of curls.
  • For very tight cascading curls, use only one knitting needle.

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