April Crafternoon

April’s Crafternoon was Easter themed, and probably our most labor intensive project yet, we made Bunka Dolls. Bunka Dolls were famous between Taishô (1912-1926) and early Shôwa Period (1927-1937). The doll’s body and clothes are completely made from fabrics, and the faces are painted.
We used the instructions found here. Ahead of time I had sewed up the bodies and arms which get attached later. This made it easy to focus on the faces, hair, and clothing. Which still ended up being very time consuming, but still fun to sit and work on. We used iron hem tape for edges and hand stitched or glued whatever we could.
Since it was Easter theme everyone brought an Easter basket for the white elephant swap. I’m kicking myself for not getting a photo of them! You can see most of my basket’s contents here.
I made a ridiculous coconut bunny cake (I think the ears on top look like Zingers!) and everyone brought snacks to share. Isn’t Molly’s cheese tray so cute with those vintage Easter picks!!
I didn’t get a photo of all the finished dolls because a few people had to leave before their dolls were done-but there are four above. Two still have the disappearing ink on their faces so just ignore that bit.
All in all it was a crazy ambitious crafternoon, and so the next one will be a really simple project with supplies I already have on hand :)

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7 Responses to April Crafternoon

  1. rae says:

    everything turned out so great! i love your easter table with that pink grass and the cake! i’m in the beginning stages of plannign a crafternoon. i think i want to make fake cakes! like pretty ones that look real that you can store on your cake stands! hopefully it will come together!

  2. Rachel says:

    I love the way everything turned out. Your pink grass is great and your dolls are adorable. Your crafternoon posts are the best.


  3. Heidi Kenney says:

    Thanks Rae! I can’t wait to see photos from your crafternoon! I think the fake cakes would be perfect!

  4. Heidi Kenney says:

    Rachel, thanks! Decorating for the Easter crafternoon is always one of my favorites :)

  5. Gosh I wish I had more crafty friends so I could have a party like this! I love the dolls, funny thing is I just finished a rag doll for a 2 year old’s birthday. I was asking dh if I should paint the face but he thought embroidery would last longer, I guess I’ll have to try a painted face next!

  6. Heidi Kenney says:

    Roller Scrapper, why not have a party with just one or two friends? Really a lot of people I know would say they are not “crafty” but have become crafternoon regulars! :)

  7. Good point! Maybe some of my friends will surprise themselves with craftiness :-)