Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#Naptime Pursuits: Disney Nesting Dolls

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Back in November, as the holidays continued to get closer and closer at warp speed, Hubby and I had to figure out what we wanted to do about Christmas gifts for everyone. Since we have been married, (together 12 years, married 5.5) I have been making gifts for a lot of people on our list, him included. I started making gifts when I was in college and money was tight, but it grew into something that I very much enjoy doing, and giving to people.

I saw these on Pinterest first, then I saw them again on a blog-teacher-friend of mine, and decided that I wanted to make these for someone special on our list (I can't tell who yet!). I played with the idea of doing the various Disney princesses because this little girl loves her princesses. But, my own personal preference was to do Minnie and company because they are more classic (in my opinion).

Just realized that Donal isn't lined up for the picture. Oops!
This project definitely took numerous nap times. I would say at least 5, as long as each nap was a good 2 hours or so. The smaller ones were actually harder because of the tiny details. I painted them with acrylic paint, let them dry, then sprayed with a sealant.

Materials Needed:
Blank Nesting Dolls
Acrylic Paint
Matte (or gloss) Sealer
printer (to print images to trace onto nesting dolls)

1. I printed the facial images twice until I got them the sizes I wanted them to be.

2. I tried taping them onto the nesting dolls and drawing on top of the lines, but that didn't work for me. So, I colored the back of the image with a soft pencil point (like an 8b), the taped it onto the nesting doll, then traced the image again- this gave me pencil lines as the outline of each face

3. I painted each nesting doll. I started with Minnie and worked my way down to Pluto, but you can go in any order you want

4. I sprayed them with sealer

5. I waxed the overlapping edge with a white candle (as per the instructions that came with the nesting dolls)


  1. Those are really cute. I'm not artistic enough to make them but I love them .

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks! I enjoyed it, but it was definitely a labor of love!

  3. Wow! They came out amazing. You're so talented!

  4. Added my links, and these are super cute!

  5. Those are adorable! We have a set of Winnie the Pooh nesting dolls we got at a craft fair one year. They're really special.

  6. These are amazing!! I love them! My mother in law collects Nesting dolls and is a Disney fan! She would love these!


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