How to Make a Worry Doll

Worry dolls are a common feature of some South American cultures. Here is an easy way to make your own.


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    Get a thin wooden stick/toothpick/ or wire about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long.
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    Get a short piece of string that is a skin tone color and wrap it around the stick or wire completely
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    Burn the very top to make it look darker. This will make the hair.
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    Get a bright colored piece of yarn. Wrap it tightly around the middle (for a shirt).
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    Get a small piece of fabric and wrap it around the bottom. This creates a long skirt. Glue this to keep everything in place.
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    Unburden using your worry doll. At night whisper your worries to it, put it under your pillow, and when you awaken hopefully they will be gone!


  • Usually it's better if you make more than one and put them in a little box on your night stand.


  • If the worries don't go away, then face them. The dolls are merely a focal point for dealing with the issue, not a means for burying your head.

Things You'll Need

  • colorful yarn
  • centimeter long stick or wire
  • Printed fabric
  • worries
  • Fire/Match

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Categories: Dolls and Doll Houses