DIY Creepy Doll Creation

by Allison Cawley Vayda, Oct 23 2015

When preparing for any party, I love stopping by the thrift store to see if there are any great props I can pick up that would add to the decor without breaking the bank.  So when preparing for my Halloween party this year, I picked up some really great finds that just needed a little creative TLC to spruce them up to be the perfect spooky decor!

I stumbled across a bag of old softballs that I turned into giant spooky eyeballs, some flowers that made the perfect Halloween flower bouquet, and this collection of porcelain dolls that easily transitioned into a ghoulish set of creepy dolls. 


  • Acryllic Paint (green, white, red, & black)
  • Porcelain Dolls  (I found mine 1.5 months before Halloween @ the Goodwill)
  • Paint Brush (medium & fine)
  • Black Fabric Dye  (I used Rit Powder Dye from Michael's)
  • Cheap Wooden Board  (...Really something to just lay the dyed fabric out to dry)


  1. Undress all the dolls
  2. Follow the directions for your Fabric Dye, and dye all the clothes black.  I noticed that because of the type of fabric, some of my doll dresses did not hold the dye, so instead of rinsing their clothes (per the instructions), I just squeezed out any extra dye liquid and laid the clothes to dry on an old wooden board.   Whatever you lay your clothes out to dry on though, just remember that this is fabric stain so it may stain whatever you lay your fabric on.  Allow time to dry. 
  3. While that is drying, paint the dolls face, neck, hands, and legs a greenish white color as the base. 
  4. Decide how you want each of the faces to look and then customize their expressions and coloring for eyes, lips, etc,
  5. Dress the dolls once their body paint has dried and their clothes are dry. 
  6. Set up on display & prepare to scare!




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  • CHris HIldreth BLair on

    What did you use to turn shoes black?

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