DIY Dolls for Kolu/Bommala Koluvu

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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

Published by Nima

Hi, I am very delighted that you stopped by! Welcome to Creative ME!!! I 'm a wife to an amazing hubby and recently mother to an adorable little munchkin :-), an Asian(Indian) native, nomad for a while and now currently @Portland, Oregan. Recently relocated from The Grand Canyon State and still adjusting to the gloomy weather here... When we first we moved to US(2012) ,our first 2 months of accommodation was in a hotel and that's when everything started. You must be wondering HOW? I was introduced to HGTV and started reading craft blogs. Ohh yes, PINTERST toooo and that is my fav! Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;) They thought I was doing something very cool!! That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) And if you like my blog, please come back and also don't forget to tell your friends :) Lastly, if you have a fun and functional craft or project or even a simple recipe I want to hear….please let me know and I can feature, down the line we will make Creative ME to WE..;)

14 thoughts on “DIY Dolls for Kolu/Bommala Koluvu

    1. 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?

      Thanks
      Nima

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      1. 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

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  1. 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 🙂
    Deepthi

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      1. Hi Nima,

        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?
        Deepthi

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