How to Make a Time Out Doll
Instructions for Creating a Time Out Doll
Have you ever heard off or seen a Time Out doll. These are dolls that look like real children that stand in a corner hence the name;Time Out doll. These dolls are very easy to make and make great gift ideas.
I have seen a lot of Time Out dolls made in a variety of different ways. I choose to make them sturdy, very durable and changeable. These dolls are interchangeable, if the clothes they are wearing become dusty or dirty or even tiresome to the eye. Simply change the way they look just like you would with a small child. These Time Out dolls are made so that it is as simple to change them as it is a small child. This gives variety.
You can use these dolls as gifts or even sell them at the markets. I started making these dolls when I needed some extra cash when my children were small. I made about 6 different Time Out dolls and took them to the local market and sold them.
1 piece of Rectangle wood 25cm x 9.5cm x 3cm
2 pieces of wood 3.5cm x 3.5cm x 25cm
1mtr of wire from a craft shop
1 bag of wadding from a craft store
1 pair of baby cotton mittens
Clothes for dressing about size 1
1 hat of your choice (generally a baseball cap)
1 med Styrofoam ball from the craft shop (for the head)
1 pair of stockings or panty hose
1 thick nail
an Outfit for a Boy Time Out Doll - Dressing up a Boy Time out Doll
Points To Remember. Depending on how thick you have made your doll but generally a child's size for about 12mths should fit. The mittens for the hands. Remember that you will always need long sleeves and a collar of some sort what ever out fit you choose.
The Large piece of wood is the body of the Time Out doll. This needs to have a hole drilled into the center at the top of wood and a hole drilled all the way through from one side to the other. This is for the attachment of the head and the arms.
If you can find someone close to you that can make the Time Out dolls body for you out of scrap wood. This will make your project a whole lot simpler and also keep the cost down. The wood doesn't need to be perfect scrapes will do fine as they don't get seen anyway.
A Girl's Outfit for a Time Out Doll - Dressing Up a Girl Time Out Doll
For a girl you need to remember if you are going to dress them in a dress then you will need leggens for the legs. The mittens are for the hands. Make sure that you always have long sleeves this is to cover up the arms. A size 1 or about 12mths or age should fit.
Now that you have the Time Out body together it is time to add the padding by using the wadding. Start with the legs. Cut the wadding into small strips roughly about 10cm wide. Wrap the strips around the wood of the legs all the way to the thigh. You may need to do this a couple of times depending on the thickness. Don't make the legs too thick or you will find that the clothes that you have chosen for your Time Out doll won't fit. Glue the wadding into place with some craft glue. You could even use hot glue just be careful that you don't burn yourself like I have a number of times.
Once the legs are done then cut some wider strips of wadding and wrap it around the body. Again give it a generous amount of padding and glue it in place. Don't be afraid to use a lot of glue.
With the arms make sure that you place a piece or 2 of wadding over the loop before you wind the strips upwards toward the shoulder. The arms don't need to be very thick. If you make the arms too thick you will find that you won't be able to fit them into the clothes that you have chosen for your Time Out doll. Make sure that the padding goes all the way to the top of the shoulder. When this is finished you shouldn't be able to see any wood.
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Attach the nail to the top of the head in the hole that you drilled earlier. Cover the nail in a generous amount of glue and firmly press the head into position.
All there is to do now is dress your Time Out doll in the chosen outfit and stand it in a corner for all your friends and family to admire.