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Cool Gifts for Kids

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When you're making your list and checking it twice, don't forget to check out these cool gifts for kids.

All Dolled Up …

Gifting Glitches

Button-and-spool dolls are not recommended for children under six because the pieces could present a choking hazard. This project also takes some patience and manual dexterity and would be more appreciated by kids over eight years old. Consider making button dolls for adults who like to decorate with a country theme.

Give the older kids and country buffs on your list these cute country button-and-spool dolls. Don't stop there, though; make a gift out of the supplies and teach them how to make their own country dolls. Don't forget to present your gift in a small wooden crate or plastic storage box.

Time frame: Two to four hours

Level: Moderately easy

What you need:

  • Yarn or cord
  • Masking tape or nail polish
  • Doll head bead (This is a round wooden bead with facial features that can be found in craft stores.)
  • Buttons, plastic or wooden
  • Wooden spools of different sizes
  • Large wooden button for skirt
  1. Cut 20 6-inch-long strands of yarn for the hair. Then cut one strand of thin cord 30 inches long for the body and another piece 12 inches long for the arms. Roll a piece of masking tape on the ends of the cord or harden the ends with nail polish to make it easier to thread the buttons and spools.

  2. Place the middle of the strands of yarn on top of the wooden bead head. Thread the cord through the top of the head, catching the yarn in the knot in the middle. You should have a head with hair and two long strands of cord approximately 15 inches long. Thread several small buttons onto both strands of cord to form the neck. Tie a knot and thread a larger button onto the neck buttons for shoulders. Bring the cord through a larger wooden spool and large wooden button to form the body and skirt. Tie a slack knot under the skirt.

  3. Separate the cord into two legs. Tie a knot in each leg about one inch away from the skirt. Leave this area as string only so the doll can sit down on the skirt. Thread buttons and spools onto the legs, ending with a spool for each foot. Tie a knot at the end of each leg.

  4. Tie the 12-inch piece of cord under the shoulder button, making two 6-inch arms. Thread buttons and spools onto the arms as desired, ending with a spool for each hand. Tie a knot at the end of each spool.


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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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