“That’s awesome! Whoever made that must be a real art fanatic…” GG
DHL have made a mistake. They must have. They asked my Mum to craft. My Mum is allergic to craft. She once made a bumble bee out of a toilet roll and some tissue paper. It looked like a Chelsea goalie on a very bad day in the mud at Stamford Bridge. But it is no mistake, Mummy has been asked to take part in the DHL Chinese Whispers Crafty Blogger challenge (stop sniggering, I heard that).
The chain began with Stylonylon, who was given a secret theme and asked to send us (second in the chain) a crafted item. She sent us this stunning dreamcatcher:
I panicked. No way was Mummy going to replicate that level of finesse with a bit of wool and a few pipecleaners! Dramatic action was required, and once the Bug and I had stopped arguing over who has the worst dreams and therefore needs this in their bedroom, I got down to searching Pinterest for ideas.
Now as it happens, I struggle to doze off when my head hits the pillow. My brain sees any kind of physical down-time as an opportunity to strategise and get creative. Often I get a bit stressed about things that have happened during the day, or on the TV 🙂 So I have a set of worry dolls. I chat to them every night, stick them under my pillow, and they look after my worries so I don’t have to.
Lately the Bug has struggled a bit in the sleep department, which is a bit of a change from the norm. His class has been mixed up on his return to the new school year, and he has lost his 2 closest friends to another class. Whilst that may well see him knuckle down and improve his writing, it’s not easy on a 6 year old, and he has become somewhat anxious instead of that happy little guy he normally is. So we’ve been considering a set of worry dolls for him too. The problem is, worry dolls are usually tiny, and small children tend to put stuff in their mouths – you get my gist…
Make your own giant Worry Dolls
Armed with our £30 voucher for Hobbycraft that DHL had kindly sent us, we headed off shopping. We actually spent £90 and came back with lots of Decopatch items – that stuff is COOL! But that’s another story. Anyway, here’s what we needed for our worry dolls.
- Wooden pegs
- Pipe cleaners
- Assorted coloured thread or yarn
- Clear glue
To be ultra-safe for a very small child, it would probably be best to leave out the pipe cleaners. Make sure you use a non-toxic glue too.
These really couldn’t be any simpler. We simply wrapped half a pipe cleaner around our peg, anchoring some embroidery thread underneath it with a dab of glue. Then we wrapped the thread, changing the colour here and there, and fixing with glue when necessary. We used ceramic/fabric pens to mark our dolls features, and decorated with dazzle dots and stick on gems.
Now we’re not traditionalists, so these worry dolls are only very loosely based on their Guatemalan counterparts – the sentiment’s the same, but we couldn’t resist alternative personas. So here you have, in order…
Soldier boy, Romeo (see the heart?), Disco Doll (hand on hip), and Bumble Bee.
These guys were well packaged in the bubble wrap supplied by DHL, boxed up, and collected bang on time by a delightful courier who wanted to know all about our Chinese Whispers. I’m sure he thought we were all a bit bonkers, but he didn’t show it, even when our doorbell played him the Little Mermaid Under the Sea (you really should see Mummy apologise for that when the postman comes – it’s a hoot).
They are now safely on their way to Caroline, from Angel 4031, a proper crafter. I do hope our dolls don’t chuck all our worries at her when released from DHL box captivity, because she has to be inspired to create the next project in the chain! I can’t wait to see what happens at the end of the chain!
*Disclosure: we were given £30 of vouchers to take part in the DHL Chinese Whispers Crafty Blogger Challenge. It was an incredibly simple process to package and label our craft, and DHL couldn’t have been more helpful about collection times.