How to Make a Hollyhock Flower Doll

May 20, 2016
Hollyhock Doll

Learn how to make old-fashioned hollyhock doll out of flowers, a delightful children’s craft for the spring and summer, from the Old Farmers Almanac.

Making hollyhock dolls is an old-fashioned craft that’s been enjoyed by children for generations during, especially during springtime. Their cousins, cornhusk dolls, are typically autumn crafts.

To make a hollyhock doll, first decide whether to use the traditional hollyhock or another similar flower that you might have at hand.

How to Make a Hollyhock Doll

  • Pick a nice bud with some color showing and a lovely open flower.
  • Carefully peel away the small green sepals that enclose the bud. Stop when you reach the folded flower petals.
  • With the point of a toothpick, carefully push through the bottom of the bud to make a small hole.
  • Push the small stem of the opened flower (the skirt) into the hole at the base of the bud’s folded petals (the doll’s head).
  • The dolls will keep for a day or two in the refrigerator—just gently place them in a bowl with a wet paper towel and cover lightly. 

The dolls can make lovely decorations, garden party favors, or whatever a child’s imagination decides. Enjoy!


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