How to Make a Bobblehead

By Kathryn Hatter

From sports stadium giveaways to prized collectibles, many people have played with a bobblehead and enjoyed watching it bob in and out and back and forth. Share the fun of a bobble head with your own children by making one as a craft project. Not only will children enjoy the project, they will have fun with the bobble head when the project is completed.

Cut a 24-inch length of craft wire. Begin wrapping 1 1/2 inches from one end tightly around the pencil or dowel to create a coiled wire. Carefully remove the coiled wire from the pencil or dowel and stretch it out so that it is approximately 6 inches long. Place the coiled wire on end inside the plastic container with the 1 1/2-inch straight end pointing up out of the container.

Pour the rice carefully into the container around the coiled wire. Next, carefully pour a generous amount of craft glue over the rice in the container. Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding, at least for several hours.

Cut a T-shape from craft foam that is 6 inches wide and 7 inches tall for the shirt of the bobble. Make 1 1/2-inch slits in the center. This will be the opening around the neck of the bobble.

Place the shirt over the plastic container from the top, guiding the coiled wire through the slits in the center of the craft foam. Fold the craft foam in half around the coiled wire and carefully glue the edges of the craft foam together with the hot glue gun along the sides of the shirt. Do not glue the ends of the shirt sleeves closed.

Cut two 4-inch pieces of chenille stem for the hands. Make a loop in both ends and pass one looped end into the end of each shirt sleeve. Hot glue the chenille stem in place inside the shirt sleeves.

Cut a slight circular shape indentation away from the side of the Styrofoam ball that matches the size of the photograph face you will be using. Glue the photograph to the cut away area on the Styrofoam ball with craft glue. Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding.

Cut short lengths of yarn and hot glue the yarn to the back of the Styrofoam ball to create hair on the head of the bobble. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Place the Styrofoam ball onto the end of the wire coil. Push it down carefully to make sure it is securely attached.

Things You Will Need

  • 10-gauge craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pencil or 1/4-inch dowel
  • Small plastic container
  • Craft glue
  • Craft foam
  • 1/4 cup uncooked rice
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Chenille stem
  • 2 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball
  • Small circular photograph of a face
  • Utility knife
  • Yarn (color to match person in photograph)
  • Scissors

Warning

Keep sharp tools out of reach of children. Adults should perform all steps involving sharp tools.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.