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18 Kokeshi Doll Craft Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Get inspired with these Japanese Kokeshi doll craft ideas.

Get inspired with these Japanese Kokeshi doll craft ideas.

DIY Kokeshi Dolls

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 include 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.

Click on Kokeshi Easter Eggs to make the beautiful arrangement above.


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 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 by following the directions at


6. Kokeshi Note Holders

Make these Kokeshi note holders for yourself or to give to 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 Oragami

This is an outstanding craft that you'll be proud to display or give as a gift. Find the instructions at The Spruce Crafts.


9. Kokeshi Doll Printable

Just print off copies of this Kokeshi doll and let the kids color to their heart's content. Then cut the dolls out and assemble them. The easy, printable download is found at Activity Village.


10. Kokeshi Stir Sticks

Your guests will be impressed when you tell them you made these cute Kokeshi stir sticks.


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.What is Kokeshi?

Read some of the background of Kokeshi art. Very informative and interesting. If you love Kokeshi dolls, you'll enjoy the information at My Modern Met.


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.

Step 1

  • 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.

Step 2

  • Paint the bottle with a coat of white or flesh colored paint.

Step 3

  • With a pencil, lightly draw the Kokeshi doll on the bottle.

Step 4

  • Paint your Kokeshi doll in whatever colors you choose. You can get lots of expressions and coloring ideas on Google.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Your Comment Is Appreciated - thank you

anonymous on March 06, 2013:

Wow, thankyou, 11 year old lady is having a Japanese sleep over party ... great ideas to keep her and her friends busy!!

Brandi from Maryland on April 29, 2012:

Awww...these are precious! I am going to make one of these with my daughter, she will love it! :)

terracroatia on April 29, 2012:

This plastic bottle recycling idea is really great!

jlshernandez on April 28, 2012:

I used to collect kokeshi dolls when I was younger. I had no idea you could make one with an empty plastic bottle. How creative. Thanks for sharing.

SpicyCabbage on April 28, 2012:

My granddaughter would love helping me make some of the dolls. Thanks for the directions

Sher Ritchie on April 28, 2012:

This is a great lens - thanks for sharing!

flycatcherrr on April 07, 2012:

Ii had no idea what these little dolls were called. My aunt had one, when I was a child. Very cute!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on April 07, 2012:

@Aquavel: Yes, that's what I used. I only used one coat of white, but I probably would at least coat the face again the next time. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.

Aquavel on April 06, 2012:

These are wonderful! Love this lens! Question: Are you using the DecoArt white paint for the undercoat on the bottles?

victoriuh on April 06, 2012:

I have loved these since I first saw them. I never thought of making one though. Great lens!