My week started off with some Worry Doll making for one of my groups. I forgot how much fun they can be to make!
Here’s a little bit of a worry doll making how to:
Muñeca Quitapenas = Dolls [that] remove worries
Wooden Clothespins, Yarn or Embroidery Thread, Pipecleaners
Wrap & twist a pipecleaner around the clothespin to create arms. Cut to size for arm length.
Begin wrapping your clothespin with yarn. Wrap over the pipecleaner as well.
When wrapping gets to the waist, you can start wrapping each “leg” individually
Wrapping the other leg!
Use markers, colored pencils, or paint to add a facial expression, hair, skin tone, shoes, etc.
I’ve created worry dolls with many youth throughout the years as not only a fun art experience (as seen in The Kids’ Multicultural Art Book: Art and Craft Experiences from Around the World), but in my work as an art therapist, the process is also a meaningful and creative way to explore themes connected to anxiety and worry. Making worry dolls provides a great opportunity for storytelling, to discuss coping, and the repetitive, patterned nature of wrapping the yarn around the clothespin can be soothing and calming.