“With imagination ANYTHING is possible,” Raggedy Ann
Who doesn’t love Raggedy Ann & Andy?
Sometimes I feel like a Raggedy Ann in a Barbie doll world. I wanted to make a fun Raggedy Ann and Andy craft project to do with my SBG sweet baby girl (granddaughter). I usually have a bazillion ideas, but this time was a little different. I could make her the dolls, of course…but that has so been done. I could paint her a pair for her room…not quite right…
I dreamed of a craft that would grow with her, one we could do together for many years that would be our special art activity…so this is what I came up with…giant 16″ paper dolls…enjoy! The tutorial on how to make them is below.
I started out by going to Walmart to investigate the craft section. I thought I would get some grand idea there.
Then I came across this Elmer’s Project Center and the rest, as they say, is history. I came home with Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick… Elmer’s Acid Free Foam Board and Red yarn and a sketch pad Here is what I did:
- I made a sketch of what the giant (16″ tall) paper doll would look like. This took me a while. I only sketched half the pattern as you see.
- When I was happy with the sketch, I folded the paper in half lengthwise and cut it out. I did it this was because I wanted the sides to be identical.
- I then traced the outline of Raggedy Ann and Andy onto the foam board and cut it out. If you need to blow the pattern up just take it to your copy store and print it on 11 X 17″ ledger paper.
- Next I cut out the 16″ tall dolls with a SHARP X-Acto knife. This was not easy, but I took it slow. DO not aim to cut through the whole piece at one. Make several light passes. If you knife dulls, change the blade. This is tedious, but oh so worth it in the end. DESIGNER TIP: On the second doll I scored the foam with a pen first so my X-Acto blade would have something to rest in. Here is a video about cutting Elmer’s Foam Board. Just take it slow.
- DESIGNER TIP: To punch out the paper dolls after cutting s complete, press on the foam board..not the doll. I do this in case it bends and I do not want my dolls with bent areas.
- I then sanded the edges with a large emery board. DESIGNER TIP: I used the side of my paintbrush (you could use a pencil) to push against the edges…perpendicular to the edge. This really helped condense the foam even more making the edges really smooth.
- I then painted the body flesh tone with acrylics. I painted the striped socks and black shoes…just like they are on the stuffed dolls. Then I painted the facial features. I used Elmer’s X-TREME glue Stick to glue the most important heart with “I Love You” on it. This glue is my go to for most projects now. It bonds super well.
- Next I drew their outfits on the sketch pad. I painted them with Copic markers, cutting and gluing pieces and parts as necessary. I also added just a tiny bit of glitter to Ann’s apron. Next time I will make an outfit with some fabric and real trim as X-TREME glue Stick works on fabric as well. Remember to leave tabs to put the clothes on the doll. This was the fun part. I plan to make sailor suits next and many other clothes from fabric and paper regularly.
- I cut out the clothes and tried them on. It worked!!! Aren’t they cute!!!
I loved creating this project and plan to make clothes for Raggedy Ann and Andy for years to come with my SBG. I can envision holiday outfits, birthday suits (LOL) even a graduation cap and gown when she graduates from high school. And perhaps even a wedding set!!! I can also envision creating a red yard wig for each of them!!! Below are some R&R resources if you want to find out more about the dolls.
- Raggedy Ann and Andy: History and Legend
- The real story behind R&R by Patricia Hall
Happy Birthday Raggedy Ann & Andy Rubber Stamp Item# RSABDAY $9.00 Product Description Design is approximately 2 1/4″ x 2″
Other Raggedy Ann and Andy Crafts
Do you love Raggedy Ann and Andy? You will love these cute raggedy crafts– doll, costume, stationary, bookmarks, coloring pages, and more….
- Raggedy Ann doll
- How to make a raggedy Ann doll
- Raggedy Ann halloween costume
- How to make a raggedy ann halloween costume
- Raggedy Ann and Andy bookmarks
- Raggedy Ann and Andy bookmarks you can print out
- Raggedy Ann bookmark instructions
- How to make a raggedy ann bookmark with pattern to print
- Raggedy Ann and Andy coloring pages
- Raggedy Ann and Andy coloring pages you can print out
- Raggedy Andy toilet paper craft
- Raggedy andy toilet paper roll crafts for kids
- Raggedy Ann toilet paper craft
- Raggedy ann toilet paper roll craft for kids
- Raggedy Ann garden tool hanger
- How to make a raggedy ann garden tool holder with instructions and patterns to print
- Raggedy Ann and Andy stationary
- Raggedy Ann and Andy stationary you can print out
- Raggedy Ann pincushion instructions
- Raggedy ann pattern to print for pincushion
- Raggedy Ann sewing pattern
- sewing pattern for easy pin doll
A slide show about the project is here.
This post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and Elmer’s. All the ideas and opinions are 100% my own.
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