DIY: Nesting Dolls

1.09.2013

Do normal grown women love dolls? I would typically say no, but I think nesting dolls have enough kitch to win adults over. These little ladies are the first project that I did for the nursery. I've always loved the look of nesting dolls, but never had an excuse to have any until now. 

After I saw these modern nesting dolls, I was smitten. Then one of my favorite bloggers, Liz Stanley, made some.  I'm really not a great painter, but I knew I wanted a set for the shelf in the nursery. I decided risking a DIY disaster was still a cheaper option than buying a set on Etsy.
Before I even found the blank dolls, I bought these Martha Stewart paints to get inspired. I knew I would end up using them in the nursery somehow.  (Her paint colors are simply the most beautiful and always turn out like you hope they will. I used: Acorn, Camellia Pink, Scallion, Pool, PurpleYam, Pea Shoot)
1. I looked online and couldn't find any plain, unfinished dolls under $20. Then I was at Hobby Lobby one day and saw some for $6.99! With my 40% they were less than $5. They actually came in a set of 5, but I only wanted to use 3. (While writing this post, I happened to search again for blank nesting dolls and found these for around $10 on Amazon.)
2. I got this cute little fridge magnet at World Market a couple years ago. I decided to use her as an example and drew a tentative design in pencil.
3. I painted the "outfits" first and then added the circles for faces. I saved drawing the faces until last because I figured this is where I would most likely mess things up. And I did. More than once. Thankfully, I just painted over the faces again and let them dry before trying again.
4. Lastly, I sprayed two applications of a high gloss coating to give the ladies their finishing touch.
I think the little one is my favorite...I'm calling her Katia. Turns out the Martha paint colors match Dr. Seuss almost identically. Total accident.
Winter Giveaway!
I am so excited to share an absolutely GORGEOUS giveaway from Julie Sinden Handmade. Julie's shop has the most beautiful boiled wool hats and scarves. Each piece is handmade by Julie's team in her Toronto workshop. One of YOU will win any item you choose from Julie's shop (a $50-$60 value). Take a look...
How to Enter...
1. Leave a comment below with "WOOL" somewhere in the post. You'll automatically be entered to win.
2. Head to Julie's shop and pick out what you would choose if you do win! (Click here.)

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1. Follow me on Twitter and tweet me your favorite item from Julie's shop. 
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Spread the word! This giveaway will close on Thursday, Jan. 16th.

60 comments:

  1. WOOL

    wow, amazing pieces! I'd chose an infinity scraf - I'm not sure about the color yet, but chocolatebrown would be timeless, I guess..

    All the best,
    Kristina

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  2. My favorite is the turban hat :) by the way, I have some store bought nesting dolls and my almost 4 year old just loves them! I'm sure your daughter will too :) -Jen

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  3. Wool

    I am going to have to make some of those dolls....love!!

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  4. I love to wear wool because it is resistant to static electricity and less likely to cling.
    bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  5. Wool

    I am going to have to make some of those dolls....love!!

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  6. I would love to have the Ruffle Scarf
    bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  7. WOOL! I love the ruffle scarf in teal!

    Lissy

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  8. Wool you still love me tomorrow? LOL

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  9. Julie's wool hats are adorable.

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  10. I would pick a ruffled scarf in teal. Great items. Thank you.

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  11. I love the nesting dolls. My dad worked in Ukraine for years and I have lots (like 50) from him. When I saw yours it warmed my heart. I also love that they match Dr. Suess...another favorite.

    I came over from Someday Crafts. And I love wool hats.

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  12. Love the WOOL turban hat!
    Karen@yearofserendipity.com

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  13. I love wearing wool in the winter! It keeps me so warm!

    dailydealsjc (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. Wool!

    I love the Turnan Hat in Chocolate brown. It would go great with my coat!

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  15. those dolls are sooooo cute! You did a great job painting them. I'd go for the wool fur hat.

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  16. WOOL - I would LOVE to have that beautiful braided scarf!

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  17. Wool is a beautiful fabric

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  18. I like the Turban Hat

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  19. I would love to win the chance to choose one of the lovely wool hats for my daughter. Thanks

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  20. Wool is cool.
    I would love the infinity scarf in teal...yes please!!!

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  21. The word "Wool" and "Winter" are synonomous to me! I love to use wool pieces in my quilts, it's like quilting with "butter".
    The Julie Sinden site is amazing. I love everything she shows, but I would have to say my fav is the beautiful braided scarf.
    Thanks,
    Nettie from Spanish Fork, UT

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  22. I just "liked" The Lovely Cupboard on FB.
    Love this site too!
    Nettie from Spanish Fork, UT

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  23. Those little guys you made are adorable! Love it---no doubt it looks adorable in the nursery! And those hats are too cute! I love the wool button up hat! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. I love wool! Sweaters, scarfs, hats, etc. Torn between the turbin hat and the button-up. Black, purple or grey would be lovely.

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    1. Oops - this is from Diane.

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  25. Wool...
    Hmm...DANG her shop is gorgeous.
    I would want either the flap hat or one of the gorgeous scarfs

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  26. OOooh wool! I would pick the turban hat in plum. Beautiful!!

    chelseawoodring at hotmail dot com

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  27. I love wool, my wardrobe is full of wool
    I love fur hat (grey) or ribbon hat (grey with red ribbon)
    Fantastic!!

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  28. I will have to watch for these, I have always love nesting dolls!

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  29. ok, I love the turban hat in plum and button hat in charcoal grey. wool hats are so pretty!

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  30. I love the warmth of wool in the winter. My favorite is the fur hat...although I'm not sure I could wear it as well as that gorgeous model!

    lanay@live.com

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  31. WOOL you pick me to win ? :) lol.

    I absolutely love the hats. I would have to choose the ribbon hat or the turban hat. I can't decide which!!

    summerdual AT gmail DOT com

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  32. I like the Lovely Cupboard on facebook

    SUMMER PLEWES

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  33. tweeted too

    @fokxxy and I follow you

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  34. Wool, Wool, Wool!
    I would love to have another of Julie's wonderful hats!

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  35. s.tweel@islandtelecom.com

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  36. I am spending a beautiful sunny day on the west coast felting WOOL sweaters that I picked up at thrift stores yesterday. While the sweaters dry I am going to go for a walk on the beach. A new hat would be so lovely.

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  37. I love all the WOOL hats from Julie's shop! I have the one with the fur poof, but would love the turban one too! :)

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  38. i am loving the turban hat! WOOL WOOL WOOL!!!

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  39. Wow gorgeous stuff! I must say I love the wool turban hat

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  40. the dolls are adorable--great job!

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  41. WOOL love it!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog's twitter, FB and Pinterest. I blog @ Getting Healthy with Essential Oils

    I am also inviting you to join Tiddle Diddle Handmade Shoppe's first giveaway event.

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  42. I would love to win the Button-up hat.

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  43. I like The Lovely Cupboard on fb.

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  44. Love these her work! I sure could use a super cute WOOL item to keep me warm and toasty this winter! (from Dawn, e-mail dawnthomas5@yahoo.com)

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  45. Wool...wool....wool....wool...wool.... there are no words to describe just how much I adore wool. And that turban hat in chocolate brown would look absolutely darling on me!!!!! Thanks for offering such a lovely giveaway...

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  46. Hello WOOL!! The scarves look lovely.

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  47. I'd really like an infinity scarf!

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  48. I would love to win the Infinity Cowl in Charcoal grey.
    I think wool is beautiful in any color!
    I just love this kind of give away!

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  49. Wool wool wool! Love the fur hat. (now i'm singing "boots with the furrrrr" in my head)

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  50. The WOOL items are beautiful!

    Your nesting dolls are adorable! Gotta love Hobby Lobby.

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