I have seen so many adorable little converted Altoids containers. The little tins are such a perfect size for so many applications, and they are so sturdy that it feels a crime to just throw them away. There are a ton of pragmatic uses that you could dream up, but I decided to make something a little whimsical. My daughter is really into anything tiny. Fairy gardens are the fascination of the moment, but I figured with a little felt, I could create something equally tiny and adorable.
DIY Felt Doll Supplies
1 Altoid tin
felt in varying colors
ribbon and trim
needle and embroidery thread
hole punch (optional, for polka dots)
Start by creating a little template for a doll with some paper, cut it out and then trace it onto felt.I decided to create a little leotard for my doll using white felt. No naked girls!After cutting out the leotard, glue it into place. This will be her everyday wear, later I will cut out a wardrobe that Evangeline can use to “dress” her doll.Take the same approach for your dolls hair. Create something on paper, cut it out and then trace it onto felt.Ta-dah! I figured out where I wanted the eyes and mouth with Sharpie markers, but in the end, it looked way better to just use a few stitches with colored thread to embroider over the Sharpie marks.Last step was to cut out little black shoes and glue them into place.
Now for the box. I simply used some wide ribbon to glue over the Altoid tin to hide the writing. Simple but cute.Use a cut piece of felt to line the tin and hide the ribbon ends.One cute button seals the deal!The sky is the limit when it comes to this cute little doll’s wardrobe. I think my favorite is the little polka dot navy dress. I simply used a hole punch with the white felt and then glued the dots into place. Easy and so cute!I love how nice and tidy this stores up inside the Altoids tin. Simple to throw in my purse, or my daughters, for that matter!
The best was seeing Evangeline’s reaction! She adores her new little playmate!