Category Archives: Toothpick Dolls

Fairy Toothpick Doll

Hiya!

Today, I am sharing the latest creation to find her way out of my studio. This is a little toothpick doll fairy. She was so much fun to make. As with the other toothpick dolls, she was created using toothpicks, glue, and embroidery floss. I tried out a new technique to create the wings and overall they turned out pretty good. This is something that I will have to keep experimenting with.

Toothpick Fairy

I started her creation with the tiered skirt. This took lots of time and patience. Once that was complete, I added her two-tone bodice.

Left-Side View

I added a tiny braid to the top and bottom. Embroidery floss is made of six smaller strands and I used to individual strands to create the braid.

Right-Side View

Next, I started creating the roses. These are created by wrapping small amounts of floss in the tip of a toothpick. The vines are created by wrapping dampened floss around a toothpick and allowing the floss to dry.

By Jennifer Miner

I also added tiny knots as accents. I used the same pallet of colors as the skirt.

Next came the arms, which included pink upper arm braces and more vines.

A Back View

Next, it was time for the hair! Thanks to Pinterest I knew that I wanted to create a faux-hawk braid. I used two shades of pink. I split each strand into individual pieces before bringing them back together for the hair. Again I added some more roses for the hair.

Tiny Fairy

I created the wings using individual strands of floss and regular glue. As I mentioned this was a new technique and needs a little more finesse, but pretty good for a first attempt.

View from the underside

Above you can see a view from the underside. This shows all the many layers of floss that go into creating the skirt. The little void in the middle is here her toothpick legs are.

This little doll was so much fun and it was really nice just working from my own imagination. This is my first doll with pink hair and I think that this might be a little trend in the doll studio.

I am still working on slowing down and taking my time and I am really trying to enjoy the process.  This is certainly one of my favorite creations. Thanks for visiting – off to the studio!

 

Belle Part 2 – Toothpick Doll

Hello, World!

Well, it has been a little while since I have posted here. I just hate it when the “real” world gets in the way of this little blog. Oh well, I have been working on lots of projects and will try to share them as I can. I haven’t forgotten about sharing the rest of the Harry Potter party decorations. They are in the works, but on to today’s project!

I have a new toothpick doll to share with you. It is another Belle, this one inspired by the 1991 animated movie version of Belle. She is just a little different from my historically inspired Belle.

Belle Toothpick Doll

This doll took around four hours of working time to create. I have to let my dolls dry between layers. If I don’t I end up pulling my doll totally apart. I have also lost heads owing to my impatience. It is sort of unsettling to have a head in your hands, maybe not really when it is a doll but when you aren’t expecting it, it is a surprise. I created a video of my process. I compressed four hours into 13 minutes. Clearly, I am a little out of practice staying in frame, but I thought you all might get a kick out seeing it start to finish.

 

A view of the hair

This doll was a lot of fun to make. I used a variety of yellow embroidery floss for her dress and accents.

Back Detail – Belle toothpick Doll

Even though her hair covers it, I created a bodice lacing up the back of the dress.

Created by Jennifer Miner

I am really trying to slow down and work on being more accurate with my work. This isn’t easy for me, I always feel like I am in a hurry, which I think hurts my finished product. I think that this doll is neater and overall tidier than some of the previous girls but I will have to keep at it.

Just under 3″

I have a few new ideas for things to try on upcoming dolls so stay tuned. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! Stay safe.

 

Belle Inspired Toothpick Doll

Hi guys, still totally under the weather here. I actually think that I have managed to get two colds back to back. I just read an article on the New York Times that said that you can get two cold viruses and that they can combine in your body to create new and different viruses. Pretty sure that is what is going on in my body. I just feel like there are viruses recombining in there somewhere. It stinks and I hope that none of you have this. But enough biology nonsense, on to the post.

Today’s lesson is:

1770’s fashion = BIG Hair

I have another little toothpick doll for you. This little lady took me three weeks from start to finish and this is actually the third incarnation of this doll. I started on this doll twice before and each time there was an epic failure moment where things went so far off track I had to totally start over.  So,  I am so glad that I finally have something for you. This doll was inspired by Claire Hummel like the Snow White doll. Claire’s work is amazing and you can see it here.  Claire narrowed down the actual time frame for the Disney Beauty and the Beast to the 1770s. I really tried to make the dress as close to her illustration as I could. I went a little different on the hair because I really wanted something with  more volume and more in the style of Marie Antoinette.

Belle from the 1770's Toothpick Doll by Jennifer Miner
Belle from the 1770’s Toothpick Doll by Jennifer Miner

I actually did research on how you create those sky-high hairstyles and used those techniques to create my coif. The hair is my favorite part of this little lady. I used curled “ratted” embroidery floss to create the underlying structure for her hairstyle.

"Be our Guest"
“Be our Guest”

I have not made a skirt this wide before and doing a full overskirt was a real challenge. The lower skirt sashing was a first as well. It goes without saying that this is also the biggest hair I have ever made. I really kind of want to make more big hair. It was really fun.

Sky-high hair on a toothpick doll
Sky-high hair on a toothpick doll

I am still not where I want to be on these little dolls and I can see where I have mistakes. This little lady took three weeks to complete. While that sounds like a ton of time, and it is, I have to set her aside to dry and then there are always other projects around here. On a side note, remember this card? There are little micro beads rolling about my desk and studio. There is even one in the above photo.

I made a very quick little video during the creation which you can see below. Now, I wish I had taken more photos but I hope you enjoy it!

I hope that you all have a wonderful week!

 

When crafts combine!

Toothpick Dolls & Paper Crafting!

Hi All – Oh I have been so sick. In fact, I am still fighting a nasty cold. I can tell that my brain is not quite functioning at full power yet. Really this is a time where I am so grateful for Spell & Grammer Check. This entry would be unintelligible without it, and yes I spelled that wrong. Well,  I will muddle through for a quick post tonight.

Last week, my daughter had a playdate with a friend from school. They were in my studio and asked about the toothpick doll that I am currently working on. So, we broke out all the other dolls and the girls decided that they wanted to make one. So, I really tried to play it cool like, “Are you sure?” and “Oh yeah, we could probably do that.” On the inside, however, I was so excited to share one of my favorite crafts. The girls each made a doll with just a little help from me but we didn’t have time to complete the hair, so I did make the hair for each doll.

What hides inside this little matchbox?
What hides inside this little matchbox?

Well, this meant that I had a toothpick doll at my house that needed to get to school. I was afraid that if we just threw her in the backpack she would get obliterated or at the least, her arms would fall off. It was obvious that she needed a little box, something that was worth of the effort and time of a budding crafter, The Toothpick Doll Matchbox was born!

A special little matchbox
A special little matchbox

I made a quick box out of white cardstock, just large enough to hold the doll. Then I created the wrap. I cut a strip of teal cardstock the same height as my box and then marked where the fold should go using the actual box as a guide. You want the wrap to be just a tiny bit larger so the inner box will fit and slide easily.

Two crafts combine! Toothpick dolls and paper crafting.
Two crafts combine! Toothpick dolls and paper crafting.

Next, I decorated. I used the Spellbinders Label Four to cut the white label and then I used the QuicKutz Paige for the “E.” I glued the “E” on the label and gave it a coat of Dark Blue (aka purple) Stickles. I punched out two tiny pink flowers and added adhesive pearls.

This little doll was made by a next generation crafter, I couldn't be more proud.
This little doll was made by a next generation crafter, I couldn’t be more proud.

Next, I plopped the label on the box using foam tape and then glued on my pink flowers. The pink flowers were crying out for a coat of Diamond Stickles. I let the glitter glue and regular glue dry over night and she was just about ready to start her journey. I added a piece of Baker’s Twine around the box just to be sure that the doll wouldn’t fall out.

Doll out of her matchbox
Doll out of her matchbox

Just a quick and easy project which combines two of my crafting loves – toothpick dolls and paper crafting. I hope you enjoyed my little project for you tonight!

 

 

 

Victorian Walking Dress Toothpick Doll

Evening all,

I realized that I had not shared a toothpick doll in awhile and so tonight I thought that I would bring you my little doll in a black and white Victorian Walking Dress. You can tell I love stripes and the Victorian silhouette just keeps bringing me back. this particular doll does not have a bustle, unlike her Victorian cousin in pink.

Black and white stripes created with toothpicks and embroidery floss.
Black and white stripes created with toothpicks and embroidery floss.

It took a lot of patience to create the black and white striped skirt. There is really no secret just time and patience. The trim is created by twisting two strands of floss together and allowing it to fold back onto its self. This is a rope making technique I learned when I was a little kid. In fact, I was at Silver Dollar City in Missouri when I saw a demonstration, I never thought that I would still be using it today. I usually create the rope trim by separating the strands of my floss and using two from each color sometimes I’ll go with one strand or three depending on the size of trim I need.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I imagine that her red sash is made from imported silk, as one must and that her Lady’s Maid set her hair just right. You can see that I added rope trim on the jacket as well skirt.

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It is amazing how such tiny little dolls can take so much time. You have to take breaks to let parts dry. Letting an area get too saturated with glue it can cause it slide off. I have had more than one head come off in my hands because I couldn’t just step away.

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Created by Jennifer Miner

Another angle on our lady.

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Another toothpick doll out of embroidery floss and toothpicks, and of course, a healthy amount of glue.

For some reason, she just gives me the serious vibe. One thing that I really love about these little toothpick dolls is how inexpensive they can be and how available the supplies are. I have quite a lot of embroidery floss lying around, most of it I pick-up for dolls! I think that the magpie gene is strong with me.

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3″ Tall Toothpick Art Doll by Jennifer Miner

I do have a very fun doll in the works but she has required a few restarts. I am sure that she will make her grand entrance soon. My plan is to also share a few Christmas presents that will have to wait until they have been gifted. Stay Tuned!

Have a wonderful day!

Medieval Maiden Toothpick Doll

Back with another toothpick doll, I promise I’ll get back to my wooden sign tomorrow. Everything is done but I just didn’t have a chance to get good photos of the finished product.

Last week was just one of those weeks. I had epic failures in a ton of areas, I ruined two batches of French Macarons, I dropped an ink pad on a nearly completed card, I had to totally scrap a toothpick doll, then I had to frog (undo) about half of an afghan I was working on, TWICE! So, I have all my crafting bad luck out of the way, only good projects this week. Right?? I have decided that it will be. I think that I just had too much going on.  I was making little mistakes that became large mistakes, therefore I will be taking more time with my projects this week.

Medieval Maiden Toothpick Doll
Medieval Maiden Toothpick Doll

Here she is a Medieval Maiden. She has little arm braces and a corset. She also has tiny braids with tiny little ties.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Above you see her from the side.

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Here you can see her hair. I used regular embroidery floss that I separated into individual strands to create this look. I use a few different tools to separate my “hair” from an unglue toothpick to a doll hair brush that I have  borrowed.

Toothpick Doll
Toothpick Doll

Her arms are created in two parts. This allows her to have large upper sleeves without having to carry the treads down to the lower arm.

3" Tall Toothpick Doll
3″ Tall Medieval Maiden Toothpick Doll

Her laces were created with a single thread. I just love how her strawberry blonde hair turned out. Hair is generally the last step in a toothpick doll and it seems to be the piece that can give a doll her personality.

View of the underside of toothpick doll
View of the underside of toothpick doll

Here you can see the many layers of floss that go into creating the full skirt. Really and truly this doll is only made with toothpicks, embroidery floss, and glue. Some of my earlier dolls had other bits added but I have been trying to only use those three supplies for my current dolls because I find that it really challenges my creativity.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! Have a crafty day.

 

Sleepy Hollow Toothpick Doll

Another little lady for you today and this one has a definite Halloween vibe. This doll was inspired by Christina Ricci’s black and white striped gown from the movie Sleepy Hollow. Really isn’t it fantastic?

I decided to make my doll with a dark purple and pink stripes versus the black and white. I gave her a three-tiered bustle and simplified the sleeves. I also gave her an updo, I felt like the dress was too fancy to

Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow

As you can see, the stripes were in full effect! These really a very long time but I think that they are mostly straight. I sometimes have trouble getting things to line up.

Back view - Sleepy Hollow toothpick Doll
Back view – Sleepy Hollow toothpick Doll

Here is the back view and you can see the multiple layers of “gathering.” As with my previous dolls, the curls in her hair were created by wrapping the embroidery floss around a toothpick.

Side View - Sleepy Hollow Doll
Side View – Sleepy Hollow Doll

This doll also has a few roses in her hair. I often work on my non-stick craft mat when I make these dolls, this allows me to create an element on the mat and then remove it and glue it onto the doll. This is how I created the roses.

3" toothpick Doll. Created by Jennifer Miner
3″ Sleep Hollow toothpick Doll. Created by Jennifer Miner

Here you can see the embroidery  floss of her bustle/gathering on the back.

Inspired by Christina Ricci's costume in Sleepy Hollow
Inspired by Christina Ricci’s costume in Sleepy Hollow

According to the website Costumer’s Guide to Movies, this film is set in 1799 but the dresses in the movie are closer to  the dresses of the 1780s. Not that this really matters too much to me with my dolls since really no one would check these for period accuracy but it does help me when using references. I have a very basic costume book that I often reference for ideas or when I need help with a particular era.

I have been working on a video following the creation of a doll but alas, I have have had to pretty much to blow up this project for the moment as something was just not working. However, fear not. I think that I know how to remedy my problem and will start work on the new doll as soon as I can. I am also crocheting like a mad woman and I have three afghans in various stages around the house.

Thank you for stopping by!

Cheers

Lady in Green Toothpick Doll

Today, I will be sharing another toothpick doll. She is inspired by mid 17th Century fashion although I say that with a heavy emphasis on “inspired.”

Lady in Green Toothpick Doll
Lady in Green Toothpick Doll

She is wearing a green and purple dress with triple puff sleeves. Let me tell you that those sleeves were no easy task. Remember she is only made from toothpicks, embroidery floss, and glue. Each puff has layers of floss underneath to create the shape.

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Lady in Green – view from the side

She also has fringe on her bodice and buttons down the front and small overskirt on the back.

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Toothpick Doll – made from toothpicks and embroidery floss and lots of glue

I made her hair is a combination of ringlets and braids. As in the other dolls, the ringlets were created by wrapping damp floss around a round toothpick and allowing it to dry overnight.

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By Jennifer Miner

As I look at this doll, I have to say that I love these sleeves. I think that I am far enough away from the time that I made her that I have forgotten how hard they were to make.

Lady in Green - View from the back
Lady in Green – View from the back

I think that if I created this doll again I would give her darker hair or maybe add an additional color of floss because the really light hair makes it a little hard to see her hairdo. Each of these complex dolls can take quite a long time to create since I have to leave dry time and then there is that crazy thing called life that gets in the way. Most of these dolls were created over the last five years and have just been quietly sitting on the shelve or in boxes. The “fancy” dolls have actually been living in a cigar box for awhile. I am happy that I am getting these ladies out and sharing them with the world. Cheers!

Snow White Toothpick Doll

Hiya!

So, awhile back I discovered these amazing illustrations by the very talented Claire Hummel.  She did a whole series based on Disney Princess. They are really something special. Each princess has been reimagined in a more historically correct outfit. I was so inspired by her series that I made a Snow White, inspired by her illustration. You can view that image here.

I have seen a few people Cosplay her illustrations and so I know that I am not the only one! Here is my take.

Doll created by Jennifer Miner
Doll created by Jennifer Miner

When I start creating a doll, I generally start with a sketch. This helps me make a plan and create a workflow. The illustration that I used as my inspiration had a ton of details that I had to simplify. Fine details can be difficult to recreate in toothpick doll form. So, for this doll I left off a bit of the pattern and made the sleeves with a single puff.

View from the side
View from the side

I did try to make two puffs per sleeve but there were some pretty disastrous results so I went with one. While I would have preferred to have two, I think that the better execution was the better choice.

Back view
Back view

From the back, you can get a better view of Snow’s snood. A snood is a hair covering that was something like an early hairnet. This snood was single pieces of floss applied to the hair after it was glued and dried.

Details include a snood and detail overlay on the base
Details include a snood and detail overlay on the base

You can see on my reference image that there is a tree pattern on the lower detailing of the skirt. I simplified this to be simple swirls.

Snow White Toothpick Doll by Jennifer Miner
Snow White Toothpick Doll by Jennifer Miner

This doll is about the same size as the earlier dolls I shared and stands just under 3″ tall.

Toothpick Doll
Toothpick Doll

She has lacings on her bodice and a small medallion as well.  This little princess was a lot of fun to create!

As always, thank you for popping by!

Victorian Lady Toothpick Doll

Howdy!

Whew, we’ve been busy in these parts. I don’t even really know how this all happens. Today, I’ll be sharing another toothpick doll. This one is inspired by the Victorian Era fashion. She has a bustle, buttons, and high collar. This little doll was a lot of fun to create and I worked up some new techniques to get everything looking right.

Victorian Lady by Jennifer Miner
Victorian Lady by Jennifer Miner

Here she is! Cuffs and collars, hair piled high and that iconic bustle. A lady of the Victorian Era.

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I find that one of the hardest things for me is trying not to get glue on the doll. The parts are small and it is so easy to get a little glue on your finger and then to transfer that to a part of the doll that was “just right.”

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Her hair has been gathered into a loose bun with a few tendrils escaping.

Back View - Victorian Toothpick doll
Back View – Victorian Toothpick doll

Above you can see the bustle for this little gem. I had never really made something like this. You can get a better view of her hair. Again, the curls are created by wrapping wet/damp embroidery floss around a toothpick and then letting the hair dry. I have dolls from the early 1990s whose hair is still curly. wet

Side View - Victorian Toothpick Doll
Side View – Victorian Toothpick Doll

You can create different sizes of curls by using different sizes of toothpicks. I have used dowels, skewers and even a piece of wire.

Created with toothpicks & Embroidery Floss
Created with toothpicks & Embroidery Floss

I hope you are enjoying my dolls series this week! The next doll was inspired by a historic reimagining of Snow White and is one of my absolute favorite dolls.

Now, back to completing a card order, Halloween costume, and afghan! Never a dull moment.

Cheers