For those Sunday afternoons when the weather is bad or there’s little else to do, this arts and crafts project just might help parents and their kids kill some time while also learning a new skill. If parents also happen to have too many buttons somewhere in their closet, then this button doll crafts project is perfect for you!
Materials and Supplies
- Similarly-sized buttons, at least several dozen
- 1 large wooden bead, round
- 4 small wooden beads, round
- 64” of 24-gauge floral wire, cut in two pieces
- Flat or round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
Directions for Making Button Dolls
- To begin, fold both 32” pieces of wire in half. Then, thread one small wooden bead onto one wire, twisting the wire’s ends together several times in order to fully secure the bead before repeating the process with the other wire. These two beads will serve as the doll’s feet.
- To start making the doll’s legs, start threading on one row of buttons per leg, putting each wire end through different buttonholes. While you can add the number of buttons that you want, 15 buttons per leg is likely a safe amount.
- For each leg, twist the wire ends together several times after you’ve added the last buttons. Then, connect the two legs together by twist the wire sets together.
- Separate your wires—two on the right and two on the left. Thread more buttons onto the wires, with two wires going through one hole on the left of the button, and two wires going through the other hole on the right. This row of buttons, for which 11 is a good number, will make up the doll’s abdomen.
- With the abdomen completed, separate the wires again without twisting them, with one going left (left arm), one going right (right arm), and the two in the middle going straight up (neck and head).
- Thread two buttons onto the wires pointed upward (neck), and then add the large wooden bead, which will serve as the doll’s head.
- Take the two wires protruding from the top of the head bead down each side and thread them through the two neck buttons below—the left head wire through left buttonholes, the right head wire through the right buttonholes. Pull the head wires through all the way, and they should line up with the arms wires, so that you have two wires going left and two wires going right.
- To make the doll’s arms, thread buttons onto the right and left wires as you did with the legs. Again, 15 buttons per arm should be enough. Thread one small wooden bead onto both arm wires for the doll’s hands.
- Now, bring the two wires protruding from a hand bead down each side and then thread the wires back through the bottom end of the bead in order to secure it, pulling the bead tight against the buttons.
- Use a set of wire cutters to cut all except one inch of wire off, twisting the excess and tucking it back into the bead opening. Repeat with the other arm. It also may help to have pliers for this step.
- With the final step completed, enjoy your new button doll!
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