These simple craft projects were the start of our felt doll/statue fun! We got a lot more adventurous after making these first few. But these are still just as cute.
St Anne with baby Mary would be a fun craft to make on Mary's birthday (Sept 8), Holy Name of Mary (Sept 12) , or the feast day of Sts Anne and Joachim (July 26).
Mother Mary with baby Jesus doll/statue would be good for the month of May, Christmas, or other Marian feast days.
the use of hot glue, so if you plan to make these with small children they will need help. Older children may be able to do these on their own if they are accustomed to using hot glue.
blue felt dress *(see felt cutting instructions)
felt head covering * we used white for St Anne and light blue for Mary
wooden old fashioned clothes pin
4 inch piece of string
mini old fashioned clothes pin or a craft stick
Scrap piece of white felt (about 1/2 the size of the head covering)
wooden ring (to help the doll stand, if it needs help)
Felt Cutting instructions:
After cutting out your felt pieces, push the round clothes pin head into the small head hole in the dress. You may need to add a drop of hot glue at the upper chest and upper back of the doll clothespin to keep the dress from sliding down the clothespin.
Pull all the dress parts down against the clothes pin and tightly knot a string around its waist. You may need an extra hand to hold the dress down while you knot the waist string. Now, cut off the extra sting ends. If the dress is too long, cut it to the correct length. If the opening on the sides of the dress are showing, hot glue it together.
Add hot glue to the top and sides of the dolls head and cover the top of her head with the head covering. Note: You may have to cut a slit in the back of the veil, (from the bottom of the veil up to the head) so it will lay down properly. Then hot glue the back of the veil down in a way so you don't see the cut.
Now for the baby:
Cut or break the bottom of the mini clothes pin off so it is the correct size. OR if you don't have a mini old fashioned clothespin you can use a craft stick. Break the craft stick in half and hot glue them one on top of the other.
Now add some hot glue to the top and side of the baby's head wrap the edge of the felt piece around the top of the baby's head. Then wrap the rest of the felt around the baby, covering it completely. Hot glue the blanket in place.
I hope I explained this well enough, If you have any questions please post a comment and I will respond.
I hope you enjoy making this little doll/statue as much as we did!!
Take care and God bless.
Mother Mary and St. Anne, pray for us!