Several months ago, I found these darling little stamp necklaces on a British website and thought they would be a fun project for the kids and I to try to replicate.
Just before Christmas, I gathered up some supplies and the kids and we got to work.
You can find the unpainted wooden dolls at any craft store. I got mine at Michael's with their weekly coupon (yay!). They come in two different sizes. Everything else, I pretty much had on hand.
Fist we painted the faces and hair- we used paint pens for the tiny face details. Then, glued a scrap of fabric around the doll's body. Inserted an eye screw into the top of the doll's head. I found sheets of clear stamps in Michael's dollar bins. We cut them to fit and glued them on the bottom of the doll. Lastly, we threaded some hemp twine through the eye screw to finish off the necklace.
The kids LOVED making these. Even Henry, who is five, wanted in on the action! He made a cat and a Transformer. Lucy decorated a small box to hold the necklace and included a little stamp pad for her bestie. The kids gave these out for Christmas gifts to their friends, but I think they would make darling Valentine's or birthday gifts, too.
If you want to make your own, here's a list of what you might need:
}Acrylic paint in various hair/face colors
}Fine tipped paint brushes
}Unpainted wooden dolls
}Small scraps of fabric
}Craft glue (like E-6000)
}Clear, small stamps (that fit on the bottom of the dolls)
}Tiny eye screws
}Twine or ribbon
}Fray Stop (optional)-- for the edges of the fabric