Have you ever heard or seen a time out doll? These are dolls that look like real children standing in a corner in a bad mood, hence the name “time out doll“. These dolls are very easy to make and make great gift ideas.
I have seen many Time Out Dolls made in a variety of different ways. I choose to make them strong, highly durable and changeable. These dolls are interchangeable, if the clothes they are wearing get dirty or dusty or even tiring to look at. Just change the way they look like you would on a small child. These time-out dummies are made to be as easy to change as a small child. This gives variety.
These dolls are made up of a body, a head, legs and arms. The body and legs are made of wood, the head is a styrofoam ball, and the arms are made of wire. The clothing is a baby size 1, a pair of children’s shoes, a cap or hat of your choice, usually a baseball cap and a pair of baby cotton mittens. The body is well padded with batting and glued on with craft glue or hot glue from a craft store.
The first thing is to assemble the body. It consists of 2 pieces of wood, the body and the legs. The wire is inserted into a hole near the top of the body to form the arms. The next step is to wrap the batting around the legs and body to form the padding and then glue it in place. Be generous with your filling. You can make it as thick or as thin as you like depending on the size of the clothing. Once the body and legs have been padded, you also need to pad the arms. Bend the wire to the size you need, and then wrap the stuffing around the wire from the loop at the bottom to the top of the shoulder.
Ok, the next step is to position the head, cover the padding and dress the Time out doll. To attach the head, you need to hammer a large, thick nail into the upper part of the body. Be sure to place the nail in the center. Cover the nail with lots of glue and firmly place the foam ball on the nail and push the head into place. Now you need to cover the padding with tights or hosiery. Cover the Time Out doll‘s body, legs and arms with the stockings, making sure to stretch them tight and glue them in place.
When choosing the outfit for the Time Out doll, you can be as creative as you want. Cotton mitts are used for the hands. You will also want to make sure you have a long-sleeved top or add a skirt under the outfit to cover the arms, especially when making a girl doll. You should always have some kind of hat on the doll, as it is faceless because they are standing in a corner. Be creative.
Congratulations, you have become a Time out doll. Now place the doll in a corner for all your friends and family to admire.