The Basics of Creating Worry Dolls


The Basics of Creating Worry Dolls: A blog about where worry dolls originated and how you can make your own.

Worry Dolls are a common practice in Guatemala. These tiny dolls are made out of thread and fabric, and given to children who have worries. The children place their worries in the doll at night, and when they awake the doll will have taken away their worries. Worry Dolls are also known as Trouble Dolls or Anxiety Dolls. As you can tell by the names, these dolls serve an important role in people’s lives, helping them to cope with negative feelings.

The Origins of Worry Dolls

To understand how to make a Worry Doll we need to understand where they came from. It is hard to know exactly when these little dolls were first made, but it is believed that they originated with the Mayan people of Guatemala. One legend says that when a severe flood occurred long ago, two Mayan princesses were told that they would never be rescued if they did not stop crying and complaining. In order to help the princesses stop worrying, the Mayan god Tohil gave them a gift of magical dolls which took away their fears and worries. Since then, many artists in Guatemala have created different versions of

Worry dolls are tiny, hand-made dolls that originated in Guatemala. The Mayans would give them to children who were suffering from anxiety or worried about something. Some people also used them as fortune tellers.

According to legend, the dolls can be found under your pillow the next morning and they will have taken your worries away while you were sleeping. I think of them as a more modern day version of “The Sandman”!

I first came across worry dolls when my daughter was about 5 years old and was having trouble sleeping because of some things that had happened at school that day. I knew I couldn’t get her mind off of it so I thought trying a worry doll might help. It turned out to be just what she needed to help her relax and get some sleep. She loved it so much that we made her a little bag for the worry dolls so she could take them anywhere with her.

Now we have a whole collection of worry dolls in various sizes, colors and styles and my daughter still uses them anytime she is feeling anxious about something or needs a little extra help getting to sleep.

You can find many different types of worry dolls online these days but there is nothing like making your own! They make great gifts and

To make your own worry dolls, you can use toothpicks or wooden pencils. You want to use something small and slender.

Mark off about one inch from the top of your toothpick with a marker. This is where you will glue on your doll head.

Take a small piece of yarn, thread it through the hole at the top of the doll head so that it comes out the other side. Securely tie a knot in the yarn right below the hole in the doll head.

Then, take another small piece of yarn and wrap it around where you tied the knot tightly several times. Knot this piece of yarn as well and cut off any excess yarn.

You now have a head for your worry doll!

Next, take another piece of yarn and dip one end into some glue. Wrap this around where you made the knot to secure your head onto the toothpick. Continue to wrap this around until you have covered the entire area with glue and yarn (this will act as clothing). Securely tie another knot at the end of this piece of yarn and cut off any excess yarn.

This completes your worry doll body!

To finish off your worry dolls, paint their faces on with fabric paint or permanent marker. Draw on some clothes if

Worry dolls are a Guatemalan tradition that can be traced back to the Mayan people. The story goes that if you can’t sleep at night due to worries, you tell one worry to each doll and leave them under your pillow. When you wake up in the morning all of your worries will be gone.

Worry dolls are about an inch tall and are made of wood or wire with clothing created from felt, fabric, yarn or thread. Some worry dolls have button eyes and others have painted faces. Each doll has a different color outfit and they’re usually sold as a set of six or more in a little box so they can easily be tucked under a pillow at night.

There are several ways to make worry dolls. You can use toothpicks and pipe cleaners, but this method is not recommended for young children since toothpicks can be sharp and break under pressure. The best way to make worry dolls is with wooden clothes pins since they’re easier to manipulate than wire and safer for kids than toothpicks.

Worry dolls are a great tool for helping children deal with their anxieties. They are small pieces of art that can be held in the hands and used to express fears, worries, and anxieties. The child tells the worry doll their fear and then they place the doll underneath their pillow as they go to bed. This is a way of giving the worry to the doll so that it can worry in place of them. The next morning when they wake up, the worry is gone.

The Legend of Worry Dolls

According to legend, Mayan children would tell each doll of their worries before going to sleep at night. The dolls were then placed under their pillows. During the night, the dolls would take their worries away. In the morning, when the children woke up, they would find all of their worries under their pillows along with their dolls.

Worry Dolls History: Guatemalan Legend

There is a lovely story from Guatemala about how these tiny dolls came into existence. According to this legend…

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