How to Make Worry Dolls

How to Make Worry Dolls

Worry dolls originated in Guatemala where the legend states that if you tell your worries to one of these tiny dolls before bedtime and place the doll beneath your pillow, she will carry away your concerns while you sleep. These small dolls are easy to make although they do require good fine motor skills and patience. Make these dolls and keep them or share them with your friends. This is an inexpensive craft to do with preteens at birthday parties and sleepovers.

Craft Materials

Each worry doll cost just pennies to make. You will need an assortment of embroidery floss colors, so if you don’t already have some around the house then you will need to invest a few dollars in some skeins of floss. However, you’ll have a lot for making worry dolls and even friendship bracelets.

  • Square-center round-tip toothpicks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • Embroidery floss in the colors you want to use – remember a skin tone, hair color, and clothing colors.
  • Optional: barrettes, brooch pin

Worry Doll Arts and Craft Projects

  1. Take five toothpicks. Measure and cut off 5/8” from both ends of one toothpick for the body. Cut off 5/8” from one end of two toothpicks for the legs. Cut off 1-½” from one end of two toothpicks for the arms.
  2. On the body toothpick, measure 5/8” from one end. Glue the legs to the sides of the body, lining up the uncut tips at the pencil mark.
  3. Start wrapping floss for the dress at the pencil mark (where you glued the legs). Keep the floss a smooth single layer. Add a tiny dab of glue to the end of the floss so the floss doesn’t slip. Keep the floss close as you wrap all the way down the legs to whatever length you want.
  4. Wrap floss around each arm. Glue the arms to the body where the dress starts.
  5. Wrap the floss slightly above and below where the dress and arms start. This shapes the neck and shoulders and also adds a bit more support to the arms.
  6. Wrap skin color floss around the head. Add hair color floss in whatever style you’d like. If you aren’t sure what to do for a hairstyle, start with a hanging end and then wrap some of the hair color floss over the top of the toothpick. Add a dab of glue so it stays in place. Cut the floss so you have another hanging end. You can separate the strands of floss to make a braid or twist the pieces together for a chignon, or bun. Be creative and experiment with styles.
  7. If desired, glue your worry doll to a barrette, pin back, or other item that you wish to decorate.

Remember, the first worry doll will be the most difficult to make as you figure out how to put it together. You can keep your worry dolls in a special pouch or box. You can also use them to trim barrettes or decorative hair combs, pins, necklaces, or even as trim around a mirror or lamp. Once you get used to wrapping the floss around toothpicks, each project will work faster.