That You Do
Im sure there are months of the year more dreaded than February.
In fact, Christmas-related suicides are probably much more frequent
than Valentine-related ones, but there is an astounding amount of
angst surrounding February 14th. People tend to feel quite strongly
about this holiday. Theres no in-between; we either love or
hate it--and logic would say this depends largely on whether were
part of a couple at the time. And does anyone know (or care) if
there really was a priest named St. Valentine who secretly performed
marriages for soldiers who were forbidden to marry, or if the day
was created by greeting card companies seeking to rob us of hard-earned
the date continues to inspire powerful wishful thoughts, both of
love and revenge. Chances are, these strong feelings are directed
at someone in particular, so what better way to channel this current
of emotions than the construction of a voodoo doll? Theres
nothing like creating a ritual effigy of the object of your affection--or
aversion, as the case may be--to ring in yet another Valentines
Craftygal, Inc. does not condone the usage of voodoo curses or spells,
and does not take responsibility for any consequences resulting from
such an activity (unless, of course, theyre thoroughly brilliant
and good, in which case, well assume full credit).
So where do
we begin? Well, the nice thing about this craft is that theres
no wrong way to do it. Its important to note right off that
choosing the supplies is equally as important as the construction.
Because this is an external representation of your feelings, both
the supplies and the construction process should reflect your own
unique style. If, for example, you prefer to sew, just draw the
pattern of a 9-inch body on two pieces of fabric, sew them together,
stuff it, decorate it with symbols, and stick it (if you will).
The process described here, however, is loosely based on the voodoo
dolls of New Orleans, which gives you a lot of creative freedom.
Ive fashioned a Valentine-themed doll to demonstrate just
a few of the available options.
- Traditionally, twigs from local trees are used, but you may find
scrap wood or Popsicle sticks more to your liking.
Binding - twine,
string, or ribbon
Stuffing - moss,
Decor - buttons,
feathers, glitter, pompoms, sequins, candy
Fabric of your
Fabric pen or
metallic paint marker
colored or black and white heads
1. First, create
a cross with the twigs or sticks. Tie with twine or glue until somewhat
2. Cover the
"skeleton" with some type of stuffing. For the Valentine's
Day inspired doll pictured here, I used shredded love letters from
my ex. What could be better?!
3. Next, cut
a piece of fabric large enough to cover it completely. Lay it over
the doll in a diamond shape--one corner at the bottom, one at the
4. Wrap the
fabric around the doll with one hand, tying ribbon or twine around
the torso area with the other. To make it look more body-like, tie
it in an x-like shape, as in this
example). Also, be sure to tie around the "arms" and
the base or "foot" area.
5. Now embellish
it with your chosen decorations. To see examples of the kind of
variety that can be achieved, check out this
page. For this special occasion doll, I've chosen some especially
cheesy "conversation hearts" and heart confetti.
6. With your
marker of choice, draw Symbols of Great Meaning. For a list of symbols
to draw (and some examples of spells) see this
7. If you choose
black and white pins, they will represent positive and negative
energy. If you choose multi-colored pins, you may imagine what each
color represents to you and use them accordingly. Then all you have
to do is focus on the symbol you drew or an area of the doll, and
pretend youre an acupuncturist!