Straw Dolls

How to Make a Straw Doll

Start with a thick bundle of straw. The bundle should measure 1 1/2 feet in length and about 3 inches in diameter. Separate the bottom end of the bundle into two halves by bending the parts away from each other. Each separated group should be about the same thickness and 3 to 4 inches long. Secure each of these at the tops with a rubber band. They will be your leg sections. Do the same for arms, starting about two inches from the top section of the straw. Gather and secure each arm with a rubber band. This will leave you with the body section, two arms and two legs to form the basic structure of your straw doll.

Cut a hole in the Styrofoam ball with the tip of a pair of scissors and fill it with glue. Be generous with the glue. Elmers or super glue will work. Slide the Styrofoam over the end of the straw and set aside to dry thoroughly.

Use colored push pins for the eyes, nose and mouth of your straw doll. You can substitute buttons for the push pin eyes and nose if you like buttons better. Glue yarn hair to your doll or, if you prefer, you can purchase a doll wig from a hobby shop.

Dress your straw doll using doll clothes you can purchase at a hobby or craft shop. Once you have your doll dressed, stuff extra straw underneath the clothes to fill out the body, then sew the hemline of so the stuffing doesn't fall out. Sewing the hemlines not only secures the straw, it gives shape to your doll. Doll shoes are optional, but if you use them, add glue to the inside to ensure they stay on your straw doll's feet. Because of the flexibility of straw, you can display your doll standing or sitting.

Things You Will Need

  • Straw
  • Glue
  • Yarn or Doll Wig
  • Scissors
  • Styrofoam Ball (about the size of a ping pong ball)
  • Rubber Bands
  • Doll Clothing
  • Needle and Thread
  • Colored Stick Pins

How to Weave Straw Dolls

Bundle straw into a bunch that measures about 1 foot long, and is thick enough so that your thumb and forefinger just touch around it. Tie the bundle with twine about 2 inches above the halfway point, so that it will stay together as you work on your doll.

Braid the straw from the twine to about 1 inch below the halfway point. Tie the end of the braid off with twine. This is your doll's body.

Separate the lower half of the straw into two sections and tie each section with twine. These will be your doll's legs. Repeat this at the top of the bundle, leaving a few pieces of straw in the middle sticking up. These will be the arms. Bend the arms and legs away from each other.

Poke a small hole into the ball with the scissors. If you are using a wooden ball, use the drill to drill a small hole (about 1/2 inch deep) into the ball.

Trim the straw left sticking up on top to about 1/2 inch long.

Fill the hole with hot glue and place it on the trimmed straw. This is your doll's head.

Hot glue the buttons on the face as eyes.

Tip

You can glue yarn or embroidery thread to your doll's head as hair, or use felt to make a hat. If you prefer, you can use beads or googly eyes instead of buttons.