Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A little gift idea...

Hi all!

Earlier in the week, this quick little tutorial was posted on the ScrapFriends blog, so thought I'd share it here also....

Recently my girls went to a birthday party of some good friends and I wanted to give something a little different, so I decided to make their presents.

My idea stems from  a quilt designed by Gillian Grimmett in the Australian Homespun magazine issue no.101 which features the Japanese Kokeshi doll.

This is what I made:

And my steps to make it:

1. Choose a simple design. Draw it yourself, or if you search online, I'm sure there are many simple pictures to find. I then traced and cut each section out of template plastic. I only did this because I thought I may want to make more in the future. Alternatively, you can either draw on cardboard and cut out, or on copy paper and paste onto card then cut, or just draw free-hand straight onto the paper.

2. Using the template, cut out and prepare papers for each section.

3. Paint the faces on. I used texta and pencil.

4. Using mist of choice, pump a few sprays onto the background cardstock (I used watercolour paper), then stamp using a background stamp before adding a Silhouette die-cut piece. Once done, add the bits to make the paper doll.

When finished, I placed in a frame.

A few notes:

  • my frame was 11 x 14"/28 x 35.5cm
  • the pinwheel was cut on my Silhouette and is 3"/7.5cm across.
  • the actual doll is around 9.5"/24cm tall
Thank you for coming by and hope this has sparked some ideas for yourself.


  1. Wow wow wow!! This is gorgeous!!! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!

  2. She is very cute.. will be a lovely gift!

  3. I think this is MAGICAL, as I said over at SF...just a fabulous original idea & I reckon any girl ANY age, would LOOOVE it!!!! TFS:):)

  4. Cute as can be! LOVE the green and pink palette!


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