So this weekend I volunteered at a Retreat for adults. I was in charge of a 'breakout art session' and we decided 'worry dolls' would be a fun (and helpful) activity that *everyone* could do. We explained the Guatemalan tradition to the participants of telling their worries to their dolls so the dolls would worry and they would not. In addition, with the help of another volunteer (a Psychologist), we had them talk of their current worries before we started. Afterwards, I gave all of the participants directions not unlike the ones found here: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Yarn-Doll
and many beautiful dolls were created.
I made a few over the weekend too and on the last night, used them as part of my table decoration, as seen below. Each doll has a basic structure of yarn and some have ribbons to embellish or just more yarn on top. The dolls were a hit for everyone, even those that considered themselves "not-crafty". They really are too fun to make, very forgiving, and definitely good for all ages:
Two of my favorites:
The rest of the crew:
(Sorry the pictures aren't the best.)
I'd really recommend this "10 minute therapy" and if anyone is so inclined, I'd love to see the doll you create!