Wrap the floss around the toothpicks.

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Toothpick Dolls

These tiny toothpick dolls can keep your kids company wherever they go. Slip them into your kids' pockets, notebooks, or schoolbags for a friendly hello during the day.

What You'll Need:
  • 5 toothpicks
  • Ruler
  • Blunt scissors
  • Embroidery floss
  • Craft glue
How to Make Toothpick Dolls:

Step 1: Help kids cut off 1-1/4 inches from one end of 1 toothpick. This is the body. For the legs, cut off 5/8 inch from one end of 2 toothpicks.

To make the arms, cut off 1-3/4 inches from one end of the remaining two toothpicks. Throw away toothpick scraps.

Step 2: Glue one leg to each side of the toothpick body. Let the glue set. Apply a dot of glue to the side of one leg near the top, and place one end of the embroidery floss on the glue.

Wrap the floss around the toothpicks, working your way down. Continue wrapping until you reach 1/2 inch from the end of the legs. Trim the floss, and glue the end in back.

Step 3: Wrap each toothpick arm with floss. Glue the arms to the wrapped body. To make the shoulders, add a dot of glue to the toothpick body just above the floss.

Place the end of the floss on the glue, and wrap it down around the body and the tops of the arms about 6 or 7 times. Trim the floss. Glue the end in back.

Glue the floss strands to the top of the doll's head to make the hair.

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Step 4: Make the head by wrapping floss into a ball around the top of the toothpick body. Trim the floss, and glue the end in back. To make the hair, cut several strands of floss.

Hold the strands together, and glue them to the top of the doll's head. Trim excess floss.

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