Monday, March 16, 2009

Paper Bag Doll








This is a doll made from a heavy paper grocery bag. Our bags are very thick and hold an enormous weight of groceries. This is a special paper that has many uses. The materials you will need are: scissors, black marker, craft paints, white glue.






This is how to make a pattern: fold a piece of paper bag in half and draw half a doll on it. I drew one with an attached dress for the doll you see, above. Then, cut out your shape, open it up and lay it on another piece of brown paper bag to make another piece the same size, for the back.



Draw your face and hair and dress details on one piece, before you glue it to the back piece. You will paint it all after it is glued together.




On the other layer, glue a thin line of white glue, and press the top piece to it, securing it here and there with clothes pegs.


When it is dry, cut a line down the back, and fill it with fiber fill, polyester or cotton stuffing, tissue paper, paper towels, or anything you have that would work. Tape it back together with MASKING tape, a brown tape that will match better and hold it better.



After that, follow your outlines with darker pens for the face and hair. Paint with craft paints (not watercolor) for the dress. Look, she even stands, if you lean her against something.


The pattern should fit a regular sheet of printer paper. Paste it to cardboard and trace around it for your pattern. I forgot to show that you can glaze the finished doll with decoupage glue and it looks wonderful, with either high gloss or matte finish glue. Try painting the entire project with the white school glue for a nice finish.


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh,isn't she pretty!

Kristina

CoolStuffForDads.com said...

This looks like a great idea for an arts and crafts project.

Emily said...

This looks like a fun craft to do with my daughter! Lint from the drier would make a good frugal filling. I also had an idea that you could leave the head unglued, then use a long skewer to push the stuffing down inside, then finish up the gluing of the head, securing it with clothespins until dry. That way you would not have to bother with slitting open the back and taping it together. Just a thought!

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

Emily, that is actually the right way to do it, and it works fine if you do not forget to leave an opening. Use a knitting needle to stuff it to the far corners, and don't worry if it does not stuff the hands and feet as much, because it will still look okay. I am working on other things you can make out of paper bags, because to me, the medium is very interesting and leaves a lot to imagine.

ladiestea said...

I have to go to the grocery store to get a few paper bags, that is, if I don't try to make a smaller doll out of a lunch brown bag. I'm going to try to get some made to bring to a baby shower for the baby's sisters. Thank you for the idea. Wish I would have made these years ago with my daughter.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I'm fixin' to put a pattern up soon that you can also use for a paper doll if you like. I am also creating more things out of this wonderful medium. I have been asking for paper instead of plastic at the grocery store because the plastics have gotten so thin that they break several times before I get them home. We have extra heavy bags here and I hope we have them around for a long time. I wish the smaller bags were also of the same grade.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

Oops! I will have to fix the mechanism that lets you print things here!

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I would suggest you highlight the pattern and paste it on Open Office, then stretch it to fit the printer page, then print. I can't get it to work any other way. Sorry for the inconvenience.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

Click on the pattern for a larger view and then see if you can highlight it with your mouse and put in a document to print.

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