How to Make Earth Dolls at Home

Updated on March 13, 2020
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Annie is a student who loves to do a lot of stuff in her free time. That includes reading books, arts and craft, writing and basketball.

The end product
The end product

Making an earth doll is a simple process, but it takes time (and a lot of it). So don't say I didn't warn you!

Materials Required

  • An old glass or plastic bottle/jar
  • Garden soil (check below for the table I have provided with the ideal types of soil to use)
  • Craft glue
  • Water
  • Acrylic paint
  • Clear nail polish
  • Paintbrushes
  • Decorative material (optional)

Types of soil
Is it ideal?
Clay is used for making a lot of crafts and is used in making utensils.
It is normal garden soil and it actually works really well.
It is too grainy and loose. It also can't hold water well and won't hold together easily.
Types of soil ideal for making an earth doll

Step 1

Take the old bottle/jar and fill it up until the brim with some wet garden soil. It's best if it is tightly packed.

Filled till the brim
Filled till the brim

Step 2

Take a handful of garden soil in a bowl and mix it with water and craft glue. You can add as much as you want as long as the soil is moldable.

Garden soil with water and craft glue
Garden soil with water and craft glue

Step 3

Wet the soil at the brim of the bottle/jar with a drop or two of water. Take the required amount of soil and shape the head.

Shaping the head
Shaping the head

Step 4

Mix glue and water in a bowl. In this mixture, the ratio of glue and water should be 4:1. Use a paintbrush and apply a bit of this mixture on the bead of the doll and let it dry overnight.

Glue and water mixture
Glue and water mixture

Step 5

Use acrylic colors and paint your doll the way you want it to look. You can also use various decorative materials to make your doll look more attractive, like black ribbon or fabric for hair, etc.

Start painting
Start painting

Step 6

After it is dry, apply a coat of clear nail polish to make sure the paint doesn't peel away or the soil doesn't wash away.

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The end product
The end product
The end product

Step 7:

Use your doll as a showpiece or paperweight or whatever you want it to be. It can also be given to someone as an ideal gift!

Warning: This doll is very hard, but can be broken with a lot of force. Please handle with care.

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      Anya Ali 

      4 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Aw, that's cute!


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