Say aloha to summer fun with beachy Hawaiian Hula Girl Clothespin Dolls! These darling clothespin dolls are made from the old fashioned clothespins – the ones without a spring. You can find them in craft stores with unfinished wood items. To make the hula skirts we used raffia. We’ll show you how we tied the knots. It’s fun!
How To Make Hula Girl Clothespin Dolls
Materials For One Hula Girl
1 wooden doll clothespin
2 green rhinestones, 2mm
1 magenta self-adhesive flower gem, 1/2″
5 pink and purple self-adhesive flower gems, 5/8″
brown satin ribbon, 1/8″ wide
tan satin ribbon, 1/8″ wide
turquoise satin ribbon, 3/8″ wide
tan craft paint
pink paint pen
white craft glue
Steps To Make One Hula Girl
1. Paint the clothespin tan. Let it dry.
2. To make the grass skirt, cut a 6″ piece of tan ribbon. Cut 20 pieces of raffia 10” long. Fold each piece of raffia in half and attach to the ribbon with a hoop-knot.
Knot Know-How: Making a hoop-knot is easy! Just fold a piece of raffia in half. Pinch a U-shape at the folded end. Bend the U-shape over the ribbon and slide the other ends through the U. Pull tight.
Then tie the grass skirt ribbon around the waist of the clothespin.
3. For the hula girl’s top, wrap a piece of turquoise ribbon around the body and glue in the back.
4. To add the hair, cut 6 pieces of brown ribbon. Glue the ribbons onto the head to make the hair in the back. Cut longer pieces of ribbon and glue across the top of the head to make the top and sides of the hair. Trim the ends.
5. Glue 2 rhinestone eyes on the face (use a tiny bit of glue on a toothpick!). For the lips, draw a little heart on the face with the paint pen.
6. Create a flower necklace lei by sticking on the small flower gems. Finish the hula girl by sticking the large flower gem onto one side of her head, like a flower over her ear. Now she’s ready to dance the hula!
We’ve loved making clothespin dolls since we were kids. We’ve made a Frozen princess, flower fairies, and even black cat dolls for Halloween. Aren’t they fun!?
Jennifer & Kitty
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