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Make your own Bobblehead – A Tutorial

For my nephew’s birthday last year I wanted to make him something. He is going to be a firefighter! So I thought to myself “who wouldn’t want a bobblehead of themself!” So here it is, a step by step tutorial so you can make your own (note: this is my first time making a bobblehead, I do not proclaim to be a professional bobblehead maker:) 
Start with sturdy cardboard (I used a thick box and cut these 2 shapes) one with a slit down the middle.

 Join the 2 pieces of cardboard together by sliding one into the other, the base making a “+” sign. Hot glue in place at seams.

 Start crunching up newspaper and hot gluing all around your form, starting with the cracks.

 Continue filling making it shaped like your person’s body.

 Once the body is filled in add arms and hand shapes. At this point I realized I would need a sturdier base so I cut off the “+” shape at the bottom.

 The Back…

 Then I hot glued it a wood base.

 It’s papermache time!! Now you will need to mix some flour with water, I just put some flour in a bowl and mixed in some water until it was a smooth runny consistency. Cover your whole body (not yours, the bobbleheads) by dipping strips of newspaper in the flour mixture and attaching to your form, until the whole thing is covered. To make the head, blow up a balloon about the size you want and cover it with newspaper strips dipped in the flour mixture. Leave the tip of the balloon sticking out the bottom. I set mine on a sippy cup with a small hole at the top to let dry.

 Try to make it as smooth as possible..(mine was a little lumpy)

 Now add some cotton balls to add dimension to the face (just tear tiny pieces of cotton from the ball and apply them to the face, you should probably have a picture of your person close by to reference their face shape.

 Again cover the face with papermache, over the cotton. Remember ears, cheeks, eyebrows, chin, nose, etc. (for the firefighter I also cut a hat out of a toilet paper roll and hot glued it together)

 Once your papermache is completely DRY. It’s time for paint. I started by painting everything white! (you can now pop the balloon inside your head piece) there should be a hole at the bottom that is wide enough to fit over the top of the neck of the body, if its too small cut it a little wider with scissors.

 Once dry I started creating the outfit….shoes

 Continue painting, wait till dry to paint each section…

 Used markers to add details…

 Used some paint but mostly markers to to draw face on….

 Add details….

 Reference photo while painting and drawing…

 Back of outfit…

 To attach your head (I didn’t get a picture of this step but it was very tricky!) you will need to buy a small spring (not too springy) and hot glue it to the inside of the top of your head piece. Once dry put hot glue on the very top of the neck of your body piece. quickly slide the hole over the neck piece and catch the other side of the spring on the hot glue on the neck piece (does this make any sense??) Basically your spring needs to be attached to the inside of the head piece – yes through the tiny hole at the base (may need tweezers or pliers to put the spring inside the head, and then the other end attaches to the top of the body) this will allow the head to sway a little when moved.

 Here it is… I made a little ax out of cardboard and a little stick.

 It was a huge hit!! So if your ever need a unique gift for someone you love, this is definitely it!!! The only thing I would probably different next time would be to add more cotton to make it smoother – even on the body portion. Hope you enjoy!

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Hi I'm Taya! A stay-at-home mother to 5 cuties. I love to craft, sew, blog and make fun things. I'm the creator of the 'Eat-Pray-Create' blog and I'm so glad you're here!

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Hi I'm Taya! A stay-at-home mother to 5 cuties. I love to craft, sew, blog and make fun things. I'm the creator of the 'Eat-Pray-Create' blog and I'm so glad you're here!


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