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by Joann Pearson
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Nothing went to waste, and dolls were often made by hand for young children. This folk doll is a traditional Appalachian design.

You will need:

  • Oven bake clay - beige
  • Doll head clay mold
  • 6” Wood heart
  • 2” Wood star
  • 2 Black “e” beads
  • Acrylic paint - gold, red
  • Twigs
  • Spanish moss
  • 4” Length jute cord
  • 22 Gauge wire
  • 12” length of ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft drill
  • Paint brush
  • Sand paper
  • Craft snips


1. Using clay doll head mold and beige clay, mold dolls head. Remove from mold and press black “e” beads in place for eyes.
2. Bake clay on an over proof glass surface at 275°F per ¼” thickness, with good ventilation. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. Avoid over baking.
3. Drill four holes in the heart with the craft drill. Two holes ½” apart at the bend of the heart and two at the top curve of the heart on either side.
4. Paint the heart red. Paint the star gold. Let dry.
5. Sand off edges of heart and star to make the edges rough, or distressed.
6. Break twigs into 6” pieces. Bundle and wrap the twigs with a small piece of wire. Cut a 4” piece of wire to attach twigs to heart through drilled holes.
7. Cut an 8” length of wire and thread through the top holes for the hanger. Coil the ends of wire with end of a paint brush.
8. Glue a small amount of moss to top of head for hair. Glue head to top of the heart. Tie a small bow with jute cord and glue to neckline. Glue star on heart. Let dry.


Polyform® Sculpey® lll Polymer Clay,Flexible Push Molds ; Delta Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paint; Beacon™ Kids Choice Glue™; Fiskars® Scissors, Craft Drill, Softouch® Craft Snips

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