I haven’t visited India after I started Bommala koluvu/doll display so, I don’t have many traditional dolls . That really worked well for me because it motivates me to make a new set of dolls. This is second year of display and also 2nd year of making handmade dolls for Golu.
I am going to share tutorial of one such dolls I displayed for this year(2016) golu/kolu/Bommala Koluvu.
These 3 little brahmins ( aprox 6 inches in height each) are loaded with cuteness and the basket of miniature Jelebi(Indian sweet) is my favorite 🙂
Well, this is not totally my idea. I made the structure of the doll and the eyes inspired from Channapatna dolls.
It is pretty easy and self explanatory.
Material needed – Scupley white Polymer clay
Step 1: Make the base – a circle and 2 hands. Add a toothpick like shown below and bake for 45 minutes(or as per the temperature mentioned on your clay pack)
Step 2: Then add the head and bake for another 20 minutes. Even if it is over baked and changes the color do not worry.
Step 3 : Pick a color of your choice for skin tone. I used a basic acrylic and gave 2 coats. Sharpie marker works just fine for eyes. And for other details I used metallic acrylic paint, toothpick, white and red nail polish.
Step 4 : The mini basket is from Michaels and the miniature jelebi is made out of orange sculpey polymer clay 🙂
Step 5: For the base, I picked a 5X7 wooden rectangular plaque from Hobby Lobby , decorated the surface and borders and added 4 beads on to the bottom of the wood.
Finally, glued the dolls and the basket of sweets 😀 That’s it, a cute doll set is ready to set up!!
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial 🙂
14 thoughts on “DIY Dolls for Kolu/Bommala Koluvu”
Dear Nima, I nominated you for the 3-day Quote Challenge. There is no obligation to take part in the challenge if you don’t have the time or the desire to do it. http://michellemaya2005.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/oriental-feel/ Best wishes! Mihaela
Thank you Mihaela for nominating me – I would love to take part, jus that this is the first time for me so will do it in couple of days. Quick query – the blog I have to nominate
a. has to be wordpress?
b. is it a blog I follow or can be other blogs too?
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Dear Nima, it’s been some time since I did not take part in a challenge so I don’t remember much about challenges in general. I really don’t know if it has to be a wordpress blog (I consider that taking part in challenges is interesting because we meet people we might not meet otherwise and our blog is discovered by blogger friends of our friends). I think you can mention any blog you like because by recommending a blog, it means that you like it. I hope my explanation was useful to you! Good luck with your challenge! Thank you for accepting it! Have a wonderful day! Mihaela
Nima these are simply awesome. I think they make a great decorative piece.
Thanks Vasudha – yes they are so cute to be displayed everyday 😊
Hi Nima, lovely idea. I’m trying it out with crayola air dry clay and the ears and the hands are falling off.. would glue fix it? any thoughts?
My mom and I are your fans 🙂
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Thanks Deepthi – glad u like my projects. You can use super glue it will help to hold it together !
Thank you! will try that today 🙂
Cool… Pls share some pictures, I would love to see it 👍
The dolls turned out beautiful and our golu turned out amazing. Here are some photos. Thanks a lot for sharing your ideas and inspiring us. Im not able to share photos here 😦 Is there an option for attachments?
Oh that’s great, absolutely – I would love to see the pics … you can mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or if u already have them uploaded on Facebook you can share the album link on to my fB page @creativme😊
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