When is a card a personalized Valentine’s Day gift? When it is on top of a heart shaped candy box with a miniature representation of the recipient. The little clothespin doll on the top of the box is dressed up for Valentine’s Day in his tuxedo! Make one for your Valentine this year!
You will need:
Wooden doll pin
Wooden doll pin stand
Dowel cap with 5/8” hole
Drill with small bit
Round paper clip
Heart box (you can buy it already decorated like I did for less than a dollar, or just paint your own)
Acrylic paint, flesh, black, white, gray, and hair color of recipient (I used yellow ochre)
Fine line sharpie markers, Black, brown, color to match eye color in blue/brown, or green, pink
Small paintbrush and liner brush
Glue gun and glue sticks
1. Gather your supplies. Use a drill and a small drill bit to drill a hole in the top center of the dowel cap about ½” down. (Head)
2. Working with the dowel cap, (head) use the pencil to mark the hairline and ears. With the small paintbrush apply hair color using the pencil lines as a guide. Let dry and then apply flesh to the face area. Set aside and let dry. Pull open the round paper clip slightly and stick in the top of the dowel cap in the hole you previously drilled.
3. When the dowel cap head is dry, use the black sharpie marker to make two small circles for eyes. Fill in with the proper eye color. (I used blue) Make a mouth with the pink sharpie marker and then outline the hairline and ears with a brown sharpie marker. This is where you can really personalize your doll, by making glasses, freckles, etc.
4. Working on the clothespin, use the pencil to draw a line down the center, lapel lines, and a bow tie shape on the center front. (See photo) Put the head on the top of the pin to make sure that all your pencil lines will show when the head is attached.
5. Use the pencil lines you made as a guide to paint the body of the tuxedo black. When the paint is dry paint the lapels a dark grey. Let dry. Use the gray paint and the liner brush to make a separation line down the center and all around the bottom area of the tuxedo jacket. Paint the shirt area white and the bow tie black. Continue painting the pants and inside the clothespin with black paint. Let dry.
6. Use the liner brush with gray paint to make arms and some flesh to make hands at the cuffs. Let dry. Paint the doll pin stand black, let dry and adding a bit of hot glue, place the painted clothespin in the stand.
7. Assemble your candy box.
8. Add some hot glue in the dowel cap and attach to the top of the clothespin. Attach the clothespin and doll pin stand to the top center of your heart box with more hot glue.
9. Fill your box with candy or even small gifts and use the paper clip on top to clip on your greeting card.
Did you say that you want a companion box for the girls? Well stay tuned for upcoming tutorial.