1. I looked online and couldn’t find any plain, unfinished dolls under $20. Then I was at Hobby Lobby one day and saw some for $6.99! With my 40% they were less than $5. They actually came in a set of 5, but I only wanted to use 3. (While writing this post, I happened to search again for blank nesting dolls and found these for around $10 on Amazon.)
Do normal grown women love dolls? I would typically say no, but I think nesting dolls have enough kitch to win adults over. These little ladies are the first project that I did for the nursery. I’ve always loved the look of nesting dolls, but never had an excuse to have any until now.
After I saw these modern nesting dolls, I was smitten. Then one of my favorite bloggers, Liz Stanley, made some. I’m really not a great painter, but I knew I wanted a set for the shelf in the nursery. I decided risking a DIY disaster was still a cheaper option than buying a set on Etsy.
Before I even found the blank dolls, I bought these Martha Stewart paints to get inspired. I knew I would end up using them in the nursery somehow. (Her paint colors are simply the most beautiful and always turn out like you hope they will. I used: Acorn, Camellia Pink, Scallion, Pool, PurpleYam, Pea Shoot)
2. I got this cute little fridge magnet at World Market a couple years ago. I decided to use her as an example and drew a tentative design in pencil.
3. I painted the “outfits” first and then added the circles for faces. I saved drawing the faces until last because I figured this is where I would most likely mess things up. And I did. More than once. Thankfully, I just painted over the faces again and let them dry before trying again.
4. Lastly, I sprayed two applications of a high gloss coating to give the ladies their finishing touch.
I think the little one is my favorite…I’m calling her Katia. Turns out the Martha paint colors match Dr. Seuss almost identically. Total accident.
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