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DIY Soil Dolls

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Annie is a student who loves to do a lot of stuff in her free time. Those are reading books, arts, crafts, writing, music, and basketball.

The end product

The end product

Earth and Soil Dolls

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!

Soil Doll Materials

  • 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 ideal for making an earth doll

Types of soilIs it ideal?Why?

Clayey

Yes

Clay is used for making a lot of crafts and is used in making utensils.

Loamy

Yes

It is normal garden soil and it actually works really well.

Sandy

No

It is too grainy and loose. It also can't hold water well and won't hold together easily.

This is filled to the brim.

This is filled to the brim.

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.

Mixing the garden soil with water and craft glue.

Mixing the garden soil with water and craft glue.

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.

The process of shaping the head.

The process of shaping the head.

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.

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This is how the glue and water mixture should look.

This is how the glue and water mixture should look.

Apply the mixture to the head.

Apply the mixture to 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.

Start painting away!

Start painting away!

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.

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.

The final product is great!

The final product is great!

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!

© 2020 Annie Poe

Comments

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 27, 2020:

Aw, that's cute!