These doll heads are easy to make with my Air Dry Clay recipe
In this post I show you how easy it is to make hollow heads for dolls or puppets, using a sock, some rice or wheat, a plastic bag, plaster cloth, and DIY air dry clay.
Each head will be an original sculpture, but they’re fast and easy to make. Each doll head will have it’s own personality, and you can even make one with the colors and patterns of your own dog, cat or bunny.
Or make a portrait of your friend’s pet for a gift!
The full instructions for the dolls, including a pattern for sewing the cuddly soft bodies and clothes, are in my book How to Make Adorable Baby Animal Dolls.
How to Make the Baby Animal Doll Heads:
1 Pour 1/4 cup of rice into a baby sock.
2 Squeeze the rice down to the toe of the sock, and tie off with a string.
3 Pull the sock over the neck of a weighted bottle and secure it on with plastic tape.
4 Push the rice around inside the sock until you get an egg shape (for a bunny) and then cover the sock and a short piece of the neck with plaster cloth. Allow the plaster to harden for an hour or two.
5 Remove the rice, sock and plastic bag from the inside of the head. They can be used again to make another doll head.
7 For the eyes, muzzle and nose with wet air dry clay. Before adding the new clay, brush a mixture of glue and water over the dry clay to make sure everything sticks together.
9 Paint the doll head. When the paint is dry, pull the soft ears through the neck and up through the slots in the head.
And finally …
Put the neck into the opening at the top of the soft body. Use strong upholstery thread to tighten the fabric around the neck so it can’t slip off.
Make your doll a dress or a pair of overalls, and it’s ready for a hug.
Click here for the recipe for the silky-smooth air-dry clay mentioned in the video.
And click here for the video showing how those cute little toes are made.
If you have any questions about the process shown in the video, be sure to ask.
And if you already bought the book and you’ve made some baby animal dolls of your own, we would love to see them.
I want to thank everyone who helped me choose the cover for my book – your feedback was really helpful to me. (Covers are hard!)