Doll Wigging

Most people think of doll hair as permanent, but doll wigs can be made not only from human hair but also from a wide vareity of other materials.
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Here are doll wigs made from Christmas tinsel, packing peanuts, cellophane packing material, a feather boa and silk flowers.

Here are some of the materials that can be used to make doll wigs:

  • Christmas tinsel
  • feathers
  • Easter-basket filling
  • upholstery fringe
  • silk flowers
  • autumn leaves
  • pot-scrubbers
  • pantyhose
  • ribbon bows
  • raffia
  • plastic netting
  • curling ribbon
  • packing peanuts
  • chenille yarn
  • dyed mohair
  • fur

Here's how to make a doll wig that can be used again and again.

Materials and Tools:

  • light fabric pen
  • plastic wrap
  • craft glue, preferably a product that dries flexible and transparent
  • wig material (any of the materials listed above)
  • doll head

Steps:

  1. Make a wig base by marking a hairline on the doll's head, using a light fabric pen.
  2. Cover the head with plastic wrap.
  3. Trim the edges according to the marked hairline to form a wig base.
  4. Cover the wig base with craft glue.
  5. Place wig material on the wet glue, and allow to dry thoroughly. The doll wig is ready to use.

Dreadlocks

Materials and Tools:

  • black pantyhose
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • decorative beads

Steps:

  1. Cut one leg of the pantyhose crosswise to form 2" rings.
  2. Stretch each ring sideways. This will make the raw edges fold in, and the rings will become long and narrow.
  3. Line up the several rings side by side, and using a medium sewing machine stitch, stitch across all the rings halfway from end to end.
  4. Glue the rings to the doll's head, placing the seam in the center as the part in the hair.
  5. Embellish by sliding pony beads onto the ends of the rings.
  6. To make red dreadlocks, dye white or tan pantyhose with red dye.
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