Thursday, July 19, 2012

Don't Throw away that Plastic Bottle!

My mom always taught us to "recycle".
When we were young, 
she made stuffed toys out of scrap cloth, 
made "eggs" out of felt scraps,
Christmas decor out of egg shells,
banks out of big plastic bottles.

Here's a project using yakult bottles.
We're going to need a styrofoam or a wooden ball.
Use either white glue or a glue gun 
to attach the ball to the neck of the yakult bottle.
If you want to make the doll heavier,
pour sand or little stones inside the bottle
before attaching the head.

Paint wall putty or gesso on the ball.
Wait for it to dry.

When dry, sand the wall putty or gesso 
to smoothen it.

Paint the face with acrylics.
If you don't know how to paint a face,
use googly eyes.

Wrap cloth around the yakult bottle
and use a glue gun to attach the back.
I like using cloth cut out from old clothes.
Tear old cloth into thin strips.
Cut fabric strips twice the length
you want the doll's hair to be.
Gather a bunch of  the cloth strips and tie in the middle.
Glue it on top of the doll's head.
Shorten the strips covering doll's face to make bangs.

To make arms, cut out strips of cloth.
The length should be a little longer
than the body.

Cut out hands from a piece of leather,
felt or cardboard.
If you can't draw hands with fingers,
cut out mittens, or just cut out 
a simple simple semi-circle.
Fold the cloth over the hands
and use a glue gun to attach everything.

Use a glue gun to attach arms to doll's body.

Next, make shoes out of leather, felt or cardboard.
Just make a loop out of the leather strip.
Cover up the sides, or put a strip over the loop.

Make the pants by cutting strips 
of cloth longer than the body.
Fold the cloth over the ankle and glue.

Here's the front of the leg.

To decorate the doll, you can 
put a ribbon or flowers in her hair.
You can also put a lace collar,
buttons, or other embellishments
on her dress.
I let my doll carry sunflowers.

Last step, put her on a shelf to brighten 
that corner of the cabinet! 

Here's the project being featured on the Good News TV show.

You may want to see other do it yourself projects at
Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife 


An important infographic from
Plastic Infographic


  1. Okay. When I saw the title for this post on the blog hop, I thought that it was going to be silly. I was totally wrong! That is sooo cute! I am in love with this doll. What a great site!

    New follower from Musings of an Imperfect Mom

  2. That's too cute!

  3. Very resourceful. She does brighten up the corner.

  4. oh wow! how very cool!! and what a great example of reuse and recycle!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    this would be a fun project for any age!

  5. Oh Patsy that is so cute and creative! Thanks so much for coming by and sharing. Have a fantastic weekend!

  6. How I love coming over, as I do in your store. I love creativeness and I can see I have some too.

    But I love looking at how others, like you, come up with so many amazing and surprising things to do with scraps and recyclables.

    Now I am into creative gardening. I am so enthusiastic. I already dressed up a window where we hang washings with, with some Alugbati to grow on 7up 2 liter bottles.

    Thanks for this, Patsy.

  7. She's something! Her personality really is well portrayed!

  8. Very cute and creative! I love making rag dolls:) Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  9. what a cute idea! m looking for a way to follow you!

  10. What a creative woman you are, love her, and you truly captured her personality. You rag dog is just adorable. So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best - you helped to make it a great partay! Following you on Facebook!

  11. Thanks for sharing this creative post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love how you created your woman. New Follower.


  12. This is so cute!!

    Visiting via the Welcome Wednesdays Hop :)


  13. Just adorable. A create re-purpose! Thanks so much for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  14. Hi, I'm Shar!
    Your newest follower from the blog hop!

    xoxo ♥ -Shar

  15. So sweet. Can honestly say I don't think I would have the patience for this type of project. Well done.

    Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

  16. hi, i'm following the welcome wednesday blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it

    new follower bev

  17. FANTASTIC recycling project! The doll looks great. Very impressive. Pinning!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  18. This is the cutest thing I've seen in this!

  19. What a fantastic idea! It's super cute and it's a great way to recycle a bunch of things :-)

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  20. This is an amazing project!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  21. Where do you get all these great craft ideas from?
    I adore your blog.

  22. Thanks for linking up. It was great to see your lovely doll again!

  23. That turned out so cute!

  24. Now that's a cute idea. Great tutorial too. I LOVE the hair out of the ripped strips of denim!!! Think of making that for your daughter or granddaughter out of an old pair of her jeans...she will always remember that!!
    Thanks again for sharing!

  25. I love this Patsy. My new book - coming soon - is about a doll maker. I will use this link in a list of activities. Excellent!!


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