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Not-to-Worry Dolls | Easy Crafts for Kids

Not-to-Worry Dolls

Kids can have plenty on their minds: an upcoming spelling test or this weekend's game, for example. As Guatemalan custom has it, diminutive worry dolls remove such frets from sleeping children, who confide one concern to each doll before they go to bed.

Our version is a bit bigger than conventional worry dolls, the better for small hands to make. Traditionally, the dolls are placed beneath the worrier's pillow, but to avoid jabs in the dark, we suggest propping them on the nightstand.


  • Toothpicks
  • Embroidery floss in assorted colors
  • Glue


Not-to-Worry Dolls Step 1

1. For each doll, start by trimming 3 toothpicks, as shown. Tie them together, as shown, with skin-tone embroidery floss, then continue winding the floss around the toothpicks to form a head and torso.

Not-to-Worry Dolls Step 2

2. Wrap more lengths of colorful embroidery floss around the toothpick body to create a shirt, pants, skirt, or dress. (Add a dab of glue to the end of each thread or wrap each new thread over the end of the last one to hold it in place.)

3. Glue on snippets of floss for hair or create a separate wig and then glue it on.