To celebrate #MynockMonday, a hashtag used to promote free and low-cost fan activities on social media, I put together this tooka doll Christmas ornament tutorial.
I know it’s too early to be thinking about the holidays, especially since Halloween and Thanksgiving haven’t happened yet, but Christmas is about 3 months away and now’s a good time to start planning activities for the near future.
This tutorial is meant to bring family and friends together and inspire creativity in others, so feel free to expand from this tutorial and incorporate different colors as well as different characters.
Most important of all, have fun and share your results with @TWGsite on Twitter and @thewookieegunner on Instagram.
Step #1: Materials
To make your own tooka doll Christmas ornament, you will need:
- 1 ruler
- 1 pair of scissors
- 1 permanent marker
- 1 pencil
- Felt fabric sheets (light purple, beige, red, and white)
- 1 sheet of printer paper
- 1 sheet of cardstock or comic book backing board
- 1 glue gun (extra sticks of glue)
Felt fabric sheets and glue guns are sold at craft stores, like Michaels. Each sheet of felt fabric is about $0.35-0.45 cents. The glue gun was about $10. Michaels also sells packets of cardstock, but for this tutorial I used a comic book backing board, since it’s thicker than standard cardstock. You can purchase these at any comic book store.
Step #2: Create a Template
Draw the outline of a tooka doll that’s about 7 inches tall and 5 inches wide on the sheet of printer paper. Remember that this is supposed to be fun, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Using a pair of scissors, cut out the tooka doll once you’re done.
Step #3: Tracing
Take your template and trace the shape of the tooka doll onto the cardstock or comic book backing board. Keep the template around to create more tooka dolls of different colors.
Take your scissors and cut out the tooka doll. Keep in mind that cardstock and comic book backing boards are thicker than your average sheets of paper, so take your time.
Step #4: Glueing
Plug in your glue gun and let it warm up for a few minutes.
NOTE: Glue guns are not toys and they should be handled by adults with care.
Place the purple felt sheet on top of the tooka doll you cut out in step #3.
Grab your glue gun and start adding glue to the tooka doll. Lay the fabric down and add pressure with your hand. (NOTE: The glue cools off very quickly, so don’t wait too long.)
Lift up the other end of the felt sheet, continue adding glue, and pressing down as you go.
Also, it’s okay if you don’t get every spot and corner. The important thing is that most of the tooka doll is now glued to the felt fabric.
Step #5: Cutting Out the Tooka Doll
Grab your scissors and start cutting out the tooka doll from the felt fabric.
After you’ve cut it out, go in with your glue gun to get any spots along the edge that are not glued down.
Step #6: Add Hands, Feet, and Ears
Take your tooka doll and trace the hands and feet onto the beige felt fabric with a pencil.
Take your scissors and cut out the hands and the feet.
It’s okay if these pieces are too big for the tooka doll. Later on, after you’ve glued them down, you can take scissors and trim the edges.
Don’t forget the ears! Take your tooka doll and trace the ears onto the beige felt fabric with a pencil.
Since tookas have two purple stripes on their ears, you can cut the ears into 3 sections, as seen below. Again, it’s okay if these pieces are too big for the tooka doll. Later on, after you’ve glued them down, you can take the scissors and trim the edges.
Step #6: Glueing the Hands, Feet, and Ears
This is the tricky part because you’re dealing with small pieces and a glue gun. Take great care when glueing these pieces together in order to avoid burns.
Step #7: Eyes and Trim
Take your permanent marker and draw 2 small ovals for the eyes.
Then, take your tooka doll, turn it around, and use a pair of scissors to trim the edges.
Step #8: Strips of Red and White
Take your red and white felt fabric sheets and cut a strip along the short edge, as seen above.
Step #9: Glue Strips Together
Take the glue gun and glue the ends of the white strip together.
Then, glue a small portion of the white strip onto the back of your tooka doll below the ears. Press down to ensure it’s properly attached.
Next, take the red strip and loop it through the white strip, as seen above.
Take your glue gun and glue the ends of the red strip together.
You now have your very own tooka doll Christmas ornament! It also doesn’t have to be used during the holidays. You can hang it on the mirror in your car or just simply use it as a decoration in your room. Let your imagination run wild!
Don’t forget to share your tooka doll ornaments with @TWGsite on Twitter and @thewookieegunner on Instagram.
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