May 20, 2016
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!
The 2007 Garden Guide