Custom Russian Nesting Dolls
Great Arts & Crafts Gift Idea!
I was watching Nightmare Before Christmas a few months ago and during the "Making Christmas" scene I was inspired by the part where the Three Mr. Hydes kill a scorpion and put it inside creepy looking Russian nesting dolls. I thought to myself "I want creepy Russian nesting dolls" so I went online in search of blank ones I could paint myself. For those unfamiliar, Russian nesting dolls (also called Matryoshka or Babushka dolls) are hollow wooden figures which separates, top from bottom, to reveal a smaller figure of the same sort inside, which has, in turn, another figure inside of it, and so on. I found a store on amazon.com which sold them at a reasonable price. Mine were $25 for a set of 7. They come in different sizes and quantities. Mine started at 8" tall and went down from there, the smallest was about 1.5". It was a fun process which required a lot of planning and deciding which character to paint on which size since the smaller the go the less detail they can have. It was a challenge painting the smaller ones but I really enjoyed the process.
The completed dolls make great gifts and can sell for a lot (I saw some on etsy.com for up to $150 for a set of 5) and have limitless possibilities. I plan to buy and paint more in the near future since I have so many ideas for them and I can't wait to see them come to life.
If you need any ideas you can search deviantart.com or etsy.com and see what other people have done. Let me know if anyone else has tried this and how they came out!
Happy Crafting :)