This easy yarn doll tutorial has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TinkandNeverbeast #CollectiveBias
It’s time to get excited. Spring is on the way! OK, sure, we still have some winter days left, but it won’t be long until those bulbs start popping and we can all come out of hibernation!
Speaking of hibernating, we made a new friend this week: the NeverBeast! He’s the star of the new movie Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast, and my kids have completely fallen in love with him. It was good timing, too, because we’ve had tons of snow this week and it gave us the best excuse to curl up in front of the TV and visit with our winged friends from Pixie Hollow!
Since my kiddos are nature nuts, they love anything with fairies and flowers, and Tinker Bell has an edge because they know that Mommy was named after Peter Pan’s friend Wendy (that’s me!) But of all the Tinker Bell movies, this one is definitely our favorite – and that has everything to do with the arrival of the massive, mysterious (and totally lovable!) creature known as Gruff.
Check out the clip and tell me this doesn’t make you want to watch the whole movie!
After we watched the movie the first time, it was clear that my kids weren’t quite ready for the magic to end, so we watched it again. And again. Naturally, the next step was activities and coloring pages, courtesy of Disney. Just click below to print out your own Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast-inspired activities!
Or, if you’d like something a little more hands-on, you could do like we did and make an easy but super cute Tinker Bell doll.
I made old-fashioned yarn dolls as a kid, and my kids love them because there’s no sewing required and the finished project is done in only a few minutes – a big plus for wee ones with short attention spans. A few quick touches, like blonde hair and fairy wings, and you’ve got a cute little Tinker Bell to watch your new movie with you. 🙂
Supplies you’ll need:
- cardboard (the piece I used was about 12.5 inches long and about 8 inches wide.)
- yarn (white, pink, peach, brown or whatever skin tone you’d like your fairy to have, along with another color for hair. We chose yellow for Tink.)
- green felt
- pink and green tulle
- thin ribbon (green or pink)
1. Start by wrapping yard around your piece of cardboard as shown below. (Mine was a little tight, so that’s why my cardboard is bent.) For our doll, we wrapped the yard around 110 times. Wrap more for a thicker doll, less for a thinner doll. When you’re done wrapping, cut yard to end at the bottom of the piece of cardboard so you don’t end up with a short piece.
2. Cut a small piece of yarn, slip it under one end of your yarn and tie tightly to gather all of your yarn together, as shown.
3. Slip all of your yarn off the cardboard.
4. Cut another short piece of yard and wrap it around where you want the head of your doll to be, tying tightly to secure.
5. Separate a few strands of yard for arms, then tie the rest into two sections for legs, securing with short pieces of yarn as you go. Trim the arms to the lengths you want, then trim the “hands” and “feet” to even them up. Or not. Whatever looks nice to you.
6. For the hair, cut a bunch of lengths of yarn in the color you chose. I cut 25 lengths of yellow yard at about 12″ each. (That length gave me plenty of room to trim the hair.) Put your fingers through the center of the doll’s head between the lengths of yard, slip the hair through and tie at the top of the head. This should hide the original piece of yarn you used to secure all the yarn together. Trim hair however you’d like.
7. Now, the dress. This is the part where your doll really starts looking like Tinker Bell! I used some scrap green felt (you don’t need much).
Measure your felt against your doll for length (ours is 12″ long and 5″ wide where it flares at the bottom) then fold in half and cut a square for the head. Cut a zig-zag pattern along the bottom edges with scissors or pinking shears. Then, cut a piece of pink tulle in the same shape but slightly larger than the felt.
8. Layer the felt and tulle, then slip the dress over your doll’s head.
9. Tie shoulders, waist and hair with ribbon.
10. And finally, the wings! I actually almost forgot about these, and then decided to make them really easy. An 8″ wide length of tulle, bunched up butterfly-style and then tied in the middle with yarn worked perfectly. Just tie the yarn around the wings, then wrap it around the doll’s neck, then tie again to the wings.
And there she is – our very own Tinker Bell, no sewing or glue required!
Now we have a fairy friend to help bring the magic of Pixie Hollow right into our home, along with some of the fun Tinker Bell movie tie-ins we picked up at Walmart when we went to get our DVD. Peep this adorbable Tinker Bell costume we got for our dress-up bin. I mean, can you EVEN?!
Our little fairy had lots of kisses and hugs for her little Tinker Bell. ::swoon:: Now I just need to figure out how to make a yarn NeverBeast!
Don’t think my little guy didn’t get in on the excitement too! He got a Tink of his very own, and she has bubble wand wings that will be perfect for spring! After all, Tinker Bell was a favorite in our house long before our baby girl got here.
You’ll find Tinker Bell, Fawn and all their friends in the Disney doll aisle at Walmart.