21.2.12

Recycling Craft- Doll Making

Recycling Craft
Recycling Craft
Recycling crafts are a passion of mine  but boy did I struggle for ideas recently when I had to come up with a kids recycled craft ! My 5 year old has a week long exhibition in school on recycling crafts-- sounds easy ??? Well the catch is the kids have to take the material from home and  assemble it themselves in the school in the time given to them !
I shuddered at the thought of sending scissors and glue to school . What if she smeared glue all over her project or worse what if she hurt herself with the scissors ??[like many mothers I am a bit paranoid where my precious bundle is concerned!].
My daughter herself solved my problem- she invented her own recycled craft !
I saw her balancing a ball atop a broken toy part which she had inserted inside the cardboard tube of an used party popper - she had made a dancing doll!
I helped make a frock for her doll and we had a cute recycled dancing doll!
Sharing how we made this doll [To help any mums out there who might have to invent similar stuffs for their kiddos!]
These are the materials we recycled to make our recycled doll.
Recycling Craft
  • Gems Ball Container- Useful ball shaped one that is so good for recycling crafts.
  • Broken Umbrella - I have quite a few broken umbrellas at home!
  • Fruit cover netting - Apples and pears have these lovely thermocol/styrofoam net covers these days.
  • Broken toy part - originally  a trident toy
  • Party popper -a used one .I wondered myself why I was crazy enough to have saved it!
I stuck the gems ball on the top of her broken trident using the glue gun [the glue gun is the best tool a mom could have!!].My little one designed the face and hair-- kids have weird color ideas and she wanted her doll to have a green face, blue hair and a purple nose! The blue hair is a pipe stem cleaner [ chenille stick].I plan to send this top part as such for her recycling craft.

Recycling Craft
I cut off the fabric from the umbrella and it left just a small hole in the top part.Taught my little one to slide it down the party popper cardboard tube to help make the skirt of her recycled craft doll.
Recycling Craft
Next she just had to slide down the fruit cover net to make the blouse of the doll.The fruit cover net is so springy that it stays snugly in place like a real blouse!Here is the dress of our recycled craft doll.
Recycling Craft
Next just insert the middle prong of the trident into the cardboard tube of the party popper and you have a doll which dances as the top part is not fixed but is free to swing to and fro!
Recycling Craft
The party popper we used has a weighted base so if you are making a similar doll with a bottle  or other container weigh down the bottom as otherwise your doll will topple over when she dances.I hope you enjoyed reading about this kids recycling craft!
Recycling Craft
I have dismantled this doll and packed the  parts for my little one to take to school tomorrow . As this was simple for her to make, I am also sending her a cardboard box  castle to make.Will share pics of that later.Keeping my fingers crossed all goes well tomorrow at her recycling exhibition.
Do share your thoughts on this recycling craft.

83 comments:

  1. What a clever idea of recycling tiny materials..very smart..your daughter is just Lovely & Creative..after all she is your daughter :)

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    1. Thank You so much Khadija Yes I was so proud she had invented a dancing doll! I just had to dress it up!

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  2. From Sonia To Sonia
    Wow! You always did amazing creations.. I really like what you did, great job!
    Greetings from Puerto Rico
    Hugs, Sony
    Sonia-Studio60

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  3. веселая куколка!сколько фантазии!

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  4. well i think you did brilliantly .. a fabulous recycled project
    Lisa x

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  5. You've instilled the recycling habit since she's young..Am sure she'll benefit from it in the future..

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  6. Hi Sonia lovely creations esp loved the use of umbrella....good luck to ur lil one

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  7. Like mother like daughter it's a true saying! Congratulations!
    What's her name? She must be a dollgirl!
    with love,aureliaeugenia
    Ps.I don't know how to turn off my word verification,can you teach me,please!
    Thanks a million times.

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      then scroll down to "Show word verification for comments?" and click on No.
      Scroll to bottom of page and click save settings.
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  8. Very clever and cute! Your daughter is certainly learning the art of recycling craft to have come up with this one!! :)Amy

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  10. very creative idea of making a dancing doll.All the best to your daughter for her recycling exibition.

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  11. Hats off to your creativity...

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  12. WOW!!!That is some EXCELLENT recycling done here hunn!!!!Your daughter is very talented as well.

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  13. Bravo for your daughter! She goes your footsteps. Surely you're proud.Big hug for both

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  14. Fantastic doll Sonia. Your daughter is very talented..Loz

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  15. What a fab recycle Sonia you have obviously taught your daughter well and she has your creative mind!!

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  16. How cute and so clever. Your daughter takes after you doesn't she :)

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  17. Oh, this is so cute! Your daughter is so creative. I thought when I first saw it that it was an umbrella. Tell your daughter I like the colorful face and the blouse section is super!!! What fun you two have crafting.

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  18. very talented little one!.........and i love the way you've used all the stuff-the fruit cover netting..the broken umbrella!amazing!

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  19. wow! i mean WOW! kudos to you and your little one! very innovative and original. superb!

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  20. This is super cute and funny the blue hair cracks me up.

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  21. The body from the broken trident toy and dress from broken umbrella :) WOW! You have very creative daughter :)

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  22. So cute♥. Talented little daughter:)

    Hugs, Marita

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  23. This is such an amazing idea.... i really like the way you have used the recycled bits and pieces to create this doll..its so innovative!!!and kudos to your daughter for making this as well:)

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  24. very cute n innovative

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  25. what a fab idea...and def so unmessy;-)you are great at recycling...

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  26. brilliant work! I can try this for my son

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  27. Oh my Goodness! What a wonderful idea of using kids toys. This project just way too cute. I love it!!!
    Hugs Nataliya

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  28. No words to express abt this craft I was surprised very innovative

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  29. So creative like always!!!

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  30. WOW, what a fabulous project!! Your daughter is just as creative as her mom!! I love the dancing doll and her blue hair!! So creative and awesome!! :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Thank You Lisa it was a big hit in her exhibition yesterday and even though someone had plucked out one of the googly eyes the little doll looked cute!

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  31. Hi Sonia
    Really terric project and I too used to be paranoid about the kids and scissors until I was told by our occupational therapist I was holding them back because apparently using scissors regularly helps improve especially their handwriting and gave us lots of cutting activities like cutting circles like orange peels.I even purchased left handed scissors for my son and they are all around the house for him. Happy scissor fun!!!
    Hugs Trish xx

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    1. Thank You so much for dropping in Trish. I let her use the scissors at home Trish and even the Guillotine paper cutter under supervision but I shuddered to send it to a class of 36 5 year olds many of whom I know can be super naughty and mischievous!

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  32. hi dr. sonia.whenever you have some time.do drop into my space.theres an award for you:)

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  33. How smart ur daughter is just like her mom. Love this.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalr.blogspot.com
    http://sudha-kalra.blogspot.in/p/shop.html

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    1. Oh so sweet of you to say that Sudha!

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  34. Very charming!
    And it is recycled ...
    I agree with you also in the removal of this impediment to (word verification) in the comments of blogs.
    I love your work!
    Cheers!

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    1. Yes Nagela word verification is driving me crazy!

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  35. Love this cute doll...nice work...

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  36. Hey, This is so awesome! BTW which school does she go to?

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    1. Thank You Avni .She goes to a wonderful school which places a lot of stress on recycling!

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  37. U r a genius:))Doll is super CUTE:))

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    1. In this instance the genius is my 5 year old!

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  38. How absolutely clever! I am sure she will do fine at school. I'm sure momma taught her all about not running with scissors.. lol.

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  39. Dr. Sonia, this one is so awesome.....little one must be very proud of herself.

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  40. lol....the horror of glue and scissors. You make me laugh. I have 3 kids....the first one never had even a pair of kid scissors and the third one uses mine. Funny how things evolve. Your doll made me smile. I like her color scheme. She is a rainbow child from the tip of her head to the bottom of her umbrella dress. It always amazes me to see what you and your daughter recycle. What a cute project. I have missed visiting here. Always leave happier than I came.

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    1. Diane I always love hearing from you too!

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  41. Sonia, sweet blend, you are AMAZING. You come up with the neatest ideas to use fun things and make them even funner!
    Please be sure to stop over at my blog today~there is a sweet surprise for you!~
    :O)
    Jessica

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  42. Dr. your daughter has done a fab. job . Even we crafters fail to think how to recycle these things..

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  43. Wow- what a great recycled project. Your daughter seems to be good at creating- like her talented Mother!!!

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  44. I'm back!!! Sonia i have an Award for you on my blog.
    Hugs Nataliya

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  45. Great job on creating this doll! You are so super creative!
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  46. Thanks for coming to visit me. I haven't made a spinner card in a few years. It came together pretty quickly.
    Hugs Diana

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  47. I see your daughter has caught your knack for creativity and thinking outside the box. I commend you, a broken umbrella for me would have gone straight in the bin!

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  48. This is fabulous....perhaps we need to make you the recycling queen. You definitely thought "outside the box". I think this is pretty amazing and for the school to ask a 5 year old to "pull it off" is like WOW!

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  49. Oops....your daughter is amazing and talented I meant to say....but she gets all that talent from you I'm sure...haha

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  50. I love that your daughter is learning the love of crafting (and repurposing things) from you! Well done!!!

    Susan

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  51. Hi going over your previous posts...amazing work Dr.Sonia!

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  52. hi ..going over your previous posts...amazing work Dr.Sonia!

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  53. too good, ur blog will come in so handy once my girl starts going to school!

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  54. Very innovative ideas...I loved the netted blouse and the red trident .just fits the bill.

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  55. i just adore your bolg. everything is so pretty pink and girlie. whem my baby girl will grow up a little bit , i will do loads of craft with her, becouse u inspire me! i want to be a gre8 mum to ! loads of love from uk

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  56. great idea! Nature is grateful
    Nati from Brazil
    http://natiquill.blogspot.com

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  57. Your imnagination knows no bounds. Great recycling. Hugs Mrs A.

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  58. Doc, thats the most adorable doll ever.. This is truly creative.. I wouldnt have thought of a doll out of these materials.. lovely!!

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  59. This is fantastic Sonia. Fabulous instructions as well.

    Judex

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  60. Wonderful recycling on the doll creation.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  61. Please stop by my 2/29/12 Green Blend blog post. I have awarded you the Green Blend Award.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  62. Such a wonderful recycled project--fabulous little doll! Love your daughter's colors! Great instructons too!
    Thanks for your visit!
    Glenda

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  63. Great project, for your little girl and as usual a great tutorial. I really don't know how you get the time. I love visiting your blog. xx

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  64. She is really creative girl.Give my love to her.

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  65. Hey sonia all your recycling ideas are great and very inspiring
    anandhi

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  66. wow this doll making is amazing..how fast you get wonderful ideas..really you are blessed with magical fingers..and kudos to your daughter too..
    http://leelashobbies.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thank You Leela for saying such wonderful things!

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  67. wow...!!! complete recycling....

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