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Guatemalan Worry Dolls

Updated on January 15, 2015

Taking Your Cares Away

Worry dolls are from Guatemala, and are used to help people (especially children) shed their anxieties.

As the Guatemalan folklore goes, by telling a worry to a worry doll, and placing it under your pillow before you go to bed, the doll will take that worry from you, leaving you to rest peacefully.

Worry dolls date back to Mayan traditions of using amulets, and they have grown in popularity around the world.

Each doll is made by binding pieces of wood together by winding threads around them, and decorating them with scraps of the colorful woven fabrics popular in the area. The arms and legs are made by adding bits and pieces of wire and wrapping those with threads as well.

Get Your Own Authentic Worry Dolls

Each worry doll is a little different from the next, just as every worry is a little different from the next.

You can buy a selection of Guatemalan dolls to use to take your cares away.

Often children have anxiety which can keep them from falling asleep. Having them put their worries into a worry doll and putting it under their pillow can be all they need to get a good night's rest.

Learn More About Them - The Story Behind the Guatamalan Miniature Trouble Dolls

Learn about these Guatemalan dolls and how they have a history of taking away anxiety.

Trouble Dolls - Written by Jimmy Buffett & Savannah Jane Buffett; Illustrated by Lambert Davis

Trouble Dolls
Trouble Dolls

When Lizzy Rhinehart's father is lost in the Florida Everglades, she calls on the help of her golden retriever, tiny Guatemalan "trouble dolls", and a magic blue macaw to save him before a ferocious storm begins. "A welcome blend of myth and reality, set in modern times but connected by folklore to the world of animals and magic."


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Bag of Guatemalan Trouble Dolls

Worry Dolls in a Bag
Worry Dolls in a Bag

By purchasing these, you will receive one box of worry dolls with 6 dolls and a legend. Maya Traditions is a fair-trade producer and wholesale business based in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and San Francisco, California. For over ten years they have worked with Maya indigenous weavers in the highlands of Guatemala. Their mission is to support weaving groups and small family businesses through providing consistent income, as well as health and education projects.


Worry Doll Auctions

You can buy a set of dolls made by the Guatemalan indigenous people from the highlands areas at many places online, particularly on ebay.

Watch this cute little video of dolls in love

Craft Projects With Guatemalan Dolls

These little dolls are so colorful and unique that they make great elements in craft projects.

You can make hair barrettes, photo frames, pencil cups, and hundreds of other items with trouble dolls.

Here are a few ideas:


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I know many people have too many worries and I think a Worry Doll might just be the answer. I like your posts.

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      SMW1962 LM 5 years ago

      I just love these little dolls!

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      paizita 5 years ago

      cool lens... I had forgotten about these worry dolls.

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      Laniann 6 years ago

      Very cute little dolls.

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      Davidfstillwagon 6 years ago

      this is a interesting subject!

      good lens

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I have a set that my sister brought back from Guatemala. Of course I tell my worries to the Lord, but worry dolls are fun and cute.

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      imaginemdd lm 7 years ago

      Thanks for this page about Guatemalan Worry Dolls. I have some of these but never really knew about them. I've added a link on my doll & puppet directory lens.

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      KatPriebe 7 years ago

      I've got a Da*n-it doll that my step-mother(bless her heart) gave me. It is a fabric stuffed doll that you can beat on anything with... Let me tell you...that doll has come in handy!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I think Worry Dolls are great, it was fun to find a lens all about them.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great idea! I wish you would add a module on sewing your own worry dolls!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      I love these little dolls...I used to give these to my boys when they were little, especially my middle son...who I swear was born worrying....thanks for making this lens :)

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      Winter52 LM 8 years ago

      Hi there :) I learned a bit more about these little dolls after visiting your lens.Amazing what you can learn around here. I'm lensrolling you to How Not to Worry btw :)