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Dress Up Clothespin Dolls

Activity Overview

Create your own Dress Up Clothespin Toy that emulate the paper dolls of years passed. In a few simple steps, you will have a fantastic take along activity or quiet time activity to entertain young children for hours. Making doll figures out of clothespins is a time old activity that I remember from when I was small. The stick figures just beg to be transformed into little people. You will definitely enjoy this fun twist on two old time favorites.

As a note before you begin, this craft uses heavy card stock for the dress up clothes. If you want a longer lasting and more durable toy, consider taking the clothing pieces to a copy shop to have them laminated and then cut them out and apply the velcro to the back of the laminates articles of clothing. I actually recommend this highly! This is too cute to not make it to last.

Materials Needed

  • Flat wooden clothespins
  • Fine Tip Sharpie Marker
  • Heavy card stock paper in many colors and scrapbook paper
  • Velcro circles
  • Glue gun and glue sticks or tacky glue
  • Yarn or embroidery thread

How to Make Them

  1. Use your fine tip marker to draw a face onto the flat side of your clothespin.
  2. Attach the fuzzy side of to velcro circles to the "body" of the clothespin.
  3. Have fun creating little shirts, dress shirts with a tie, dresses, pants. Create them in different styles and colors. You can even use scrapbook paper for lovely patterns.
  4. Laminate the clothing pieces if you can, but it is not necessary. You can either adhere the matching side of the velcro to the back of the card stock or to the back of the laminated clothing pieces.
  5. Store in a small pouch or baggie. make several dolls with many outfits and have fun dressing them up and playing dolls with them. Why not act out a play or use them on a long car ride or while waiting in a waiting room.

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