If you've been following my blog for awhile you might have seen my Sesame Street Nesting Dolls and my Disney Nesting Dolls. Well, I got the urge to create another set: Winnie the Pooh Nesting Dolls! Say hello to Pooh Bear, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, and little Roo. And I must have good timing because I've been told The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was recently released on Blue-Ray DVD. That is one we will have to add to our collection!
You can buy blank nesting dolls from Amazon. They come in a variety of sizes: 4", 6", and 8". The ones pictured are 6" but any size would work.
You can paint them freehand but to get a more realistic face, you will want to trace the images onto the nesting dolls first. I googled Winnie the Pooh character images and printed them out. Then taped the faces onto the nesting dolls.
Using a ball point pen or a mechanical pencil, trace over the faces pressing hard so you end up with an indent of the image on the nesting doll.
It will be easiest to paint the background color first and then add the details later. I used Craftsmart Acrylic paint to paint my dolls. Make sure you have paint brushes in a variety of sizes.
Instead of painting on the black lines for the face (eyes, mouth, etc.) Use a fine point sharpie pen. It will give you more control than a paint brush. And don't worry if you make some mistakes while painting with the acrylic. It dries fast and is fairly easy to cover up with a couple layers of a different color.
To add ears to the largest nesting doll, I cut two small circles from foam core, painted them and then hot glued them onto the nesting doll. I wish I could have added ears to Piglet. Piglet just isn't the same without the ears. After your paint has completely dried, you will want to finish them with a gloss coating. I used one coat of DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze .
Due to small parts, I would recommend these for display or for older children.