In a fancy antique auction catalog, we came across a page of Christmas
doll figures from the early 20th century. "Those look easy
enough to make," Martin said - and with a little trial and error, he
And you can too. These are so easy: Two bump chenille rods per
vintage image head, and some flashy embellishments. Santa Claus is
carrying a chenille tree with a star-shaped bead on top. Mr. Snowman is
holding a large, glittery snowflake, made from the bottom of a plastic
two 12" bump chenille rods into four 6" pieces. You will need three
pieces to make one doll.
two of the chenille pieces in the center into a "V" shape.
are the legs and the arms. To form the body, bend the center
the third chenille piece around a pen (or your little finger) and twist
the ends twice. This loop is the figure's head.
the arms and legs by linking the pieces in the center and
them together two or three times. In this photo, the head and body are
top, and the arms and legs are below.
the arms and legs on the center of the body (with the head at the top).
Bend the ends at the bottom of the body between the legs and
up over the shoulders, pinching firmly to attach. You should
have a cute little figure with a hole for a head.
out the heads from the vintage images with small scissors. If you wish,
apply craft glue to Santa's beard and hair with a small paint brush,
and dust him with clear, ultra-fine glitter.
To make a hanging ornament, tie a loop of gold
cord through the
chenille head loop. To make a lapel pin, glue a pin back to the back of
the figure with a hot glue gun.
the heads to the chenille bodies.
Clamp with clothes pins over a small piece of wax
paper until the glue is
Santa's Christmas tree: Cut three bumps from the green bump chenille
rod. Place them side by side, then twist the top and bottom ends
together. Wrap one end several times with a short piece of brown
chenille rod, to form the trunk. Place a star-shaped bead over the top
end of the tree (see Tips).
Twist Santa's hand tightly around the trunk of the tree to secure it.
the the snowman's snowflake: Cut the bottom from a small plastic berry
basket (like photographed). With a marker, mark out a snowflake pattern
that radiates symmetrically and geometrically from the center.
Snip out the design with scissors.
paint the snowflake white on the back, and let it dry. Spray paint the
front, and sprinkle with clear, ultra-fine glitter while the paint is
wet. Let it dry.
small dots or lines of blue glitter glue, to accent the snowflake
design. Let dry. lightly spray the snowflake with varnish, to secure
Twist the snowman's hands around opposite sides
of the snowflake, so he is holding it.
Bend the tips of arms and legs of yoru
Christmas chenille doll to form hands
Standard chenille rods are 12" long. "Bump"
chenille rods are chenille rods with fluffy "bumps" every 3", or four
bumps per rod.
We used a yellow star-shaped bead with a large
hole on top of the chenille pine tree. You can use what you have on
hand: stick-on gold stars, a felt cut-out star, a snip of tinsel
garland, a button, etc.
Here's some ideas: Attach your Christmas
chenille doll to a special package. Pin one to your coat or hat. Hang
them on the Christmas tree, a swag of evergreen, or a house plant. Wire
him to your door knocker. Make one for each guest at your holiday
dinner table - holding a place card!