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« on: March 14, 2008 04:40:39 AM »

These are painted wooden eggs with fabric bottoms and little scarves. Here are some quick and basic directions. As you can see, I am not an artist so I think anyone with a paint brush can do this. Imperfections are the mark of handcrafted love! You could use pastel colors and they would make lovely little Easter gifts. These are probably the kind of dolls that would be happiest living on a shelf, but Ill let you know how ours hold up to wear and tear.


    * 3 wooden eggs of varying sizes (available at craft stores)
    * painters tape
    * exact-o knife
    * acrylic paint
    * small paint brushes
    * paint pen (s)
    * spray polyurethane (I used clear satin for a little shine)
    * fabric scraps
    * scissors
    * spray adhesive (multi-purpose craft adhesive)

Note: Before you begin, you might want to lightly sand the eggs. I did not sand mine and wish I had. The bumpy surface makes painting a little more difficult and the porous areas allow paint to seep under the painters tape when you are painting the upper portion.

Step 1: Cut a circle from the painters tape. I rolled out some tape onto my cutting mat, traced a circle and used an exact-o knife to cut it out. I then applied it to the egg where I wanted the face. Make sure that the tape is pressed down firmly all around the edges. Measure where you want the paint to stop and mark that with a pencil. Paint this area and allow to dry for about five minutes. Then remove the painters tape circle and touch up any areas where paint may have bled through.

Step 2: Paint the face. I used a small brush and undiluted acrylic paints.

Step 3: Use paint pens and/or paint to embellish the top portion. Spray with a coat of polyurethane and allow to dry.

Step 4: Wrap fabric around the eggs to measure how much you will need for each bottom portion. Mark and cut. Then cut slits about 1″ long at 1″ intervals in the bottom of the fabric. Spray back of fabric with spray adhesive and apply to the egg carefully and quickly. On the bottom press down every other tab, then come back around and press down the rest. This will allow for a pleated look at the base. You may have to spray a bit more adhesive as you are working.

Step 5: Make scarves. Again wrap fabric around the egg and add a couple of inches extra. Cut a long, narrow triangle of fabric. You could finish the top, but I just folded mine under and used the selvedge ends. I used pinking shears for the edges.

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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2008 04:51:26 AM »

They remind me of those Russian nesting dolls. 

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2008 04:58:25 AM »

Very cute! 

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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2008 05:47:26 AM »

Aw - these are lovely - they look very tactile, ad the colours are beautiful.  Thanks for the tutorial.

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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008 06:53:52 AM »

Those look fantastic! I love them!
Thanks for the tut!
I think those would make really cool necklaces if you could find smaller wooden eggs!!

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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008 07:25:02 AM »

They are so pretty. I have a newly developed thing for matryoshkas and these are lovely.

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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2008 08:12:54 AM »

Love these!  Thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008 10:41:16 AM »

Thank you for posting this I have a bit of an obsession with matryoshkas, I been wanting to make a door wreath but didn't want to use my antique ones.


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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2008 12:01:05 PM »

I love these!! They are so pretty. Great colors!!  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2008 07:48:36 AM »

This are AWESOME!!!!
I love this Russian nesting doll look 
Thanks for taking the time to write
all down ( tute & tips) too!!
As I'm writing this i just realize that
after you sand the egg you can insert
a circle hook and your Christmas tree
will definitely cause some talking!!
              Thanks again for sharing
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