18 Kokeshi Doll Craft Ideas
There's something about the Japanese Kokeshi doll that makes one believe that it really could bring good luck. I've been fascinated by this simple and beautiful doll since the first time I saw one.
In this article, you'll find only projects which included a tutorial. So, if you find a doll you want to make, there are directions to help you. Just click on the site name and you'll be taken directly to the tutorial.
To make the beautiful Kokeshi doll shown in the photo above, go to Dad Can Do.
1. Kokeshi Easter Eggs
This Kokeshi doll project actually uses boiled eggs. Be sure you visit the Thirsty for Tea site because the blogger has an interesting article and a unique method of painting the Kokeshi eggs. Very interesting article. Don't miss it.
2. Candle Cup Kokeshi
All you need is a wooden candle cup and a wooden ball and you too can make this sweet Kokeshi doll. For the directions, go to the restless RISA site.
3. Japanese Kokeshi
I did this project with a group of 4th graders. The background is painted with colored tissue paper. This is an outstanding project which the kids loved doing. They were so proud of their art. Go to Kids & Glitter for all the instructions.
4. Kokeshi Doll
I think these would be so cute with a pin-back glued to them so they could be worn. Go to handmade for the pictured instructions.
5. Kokeshi Doll
You can make this traditional doll with items found around your home and following the directions at education.com.
6. Kokeshi Note Holders
Make these Kokeshi note holders for yourself or to give friends as gifts. You'll find the easy to follow instructions for making these note holders at Lynn’s Craft Blog.
7. Kokeshi Doll Favor Box
8. Kokeshi Shadow Box
This is an outstanding craft that you'll be proud to display or give as a gift. Find the instructions at Kuretake UK Blog.
9. Kokeshi Doll Printable
Just print off copies of this Kokeshi doll and let the kids color to their heart content. Then cut the dolls out and assemble. The easy, printable download is found at Activity village.
10. Kokeshi Stuffie
There is so much you can do with this project. Think about making little girl or baby gifts using the instructions found at BurdaStyle.
11. Mini Kokeshi Doll
Learn how to make this little Kokeshi doll using a bottle cork and a wooden ball, instead of the walnut, by going to CRAFTS IDEAS for the tutorial.
12. Japanese Paper Dolls
Make these great looking Japanese Kokeshi dolls with fancy papers. Find the directions at kimono reincarnate and make many of them.
13. Simple Kokeshi Doll
This is a really easy and inexpensive Kokeshi doll craft project using tp rolls and a Styrofoam ball or Christmas ball. Find the tutorial for this project at Discover Nikkei.
14. How to Make a Kokeshi Doll
The instructions given at wikiHow show and tell you how to make a kokeshi doll using a bottle and a ping pong ball.
15. Kokeshi Dolls
You'll find a nice tutorial for making these Kokeshi dolls on the Mark montano blog. Beautiful, colorful Kokeshi dolls to make for yourself or as gifts.
16. Kokeshi Doll Finger Puppets
These cute little finger puppets are made using felt. Be sure to read through the directions because the robot and kokeshi doll puppets are slightly different. For the instructions to make these finger puppets, go to Craft Foxes.
17. Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Doll
18. Kokeshi Doll Tutorial
- The supplies needed for the Kokeshi doll are minimal. I used a Nestles CoffeeMate container to make this Kokeshi doll.
- Craft paints, paint brushes, and a finishing gloss spray were the only other supplies needed.
- Use a CoffeeMate or other plastic bottle or jar with a large rounded cap.
- Cut the bottle at the top ring. This was 6" down from the top on my 32 oz. bottle.
- Paint the bottle with a coat of white or flesh colored paint.
- With a pencil, lightly draw the Kokeshi doll on the bottle.
- Paint your Kokeshi doll in whatever colors you choose. You can get lots of expressions and coloring ideas by going to Google seach, images.
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