Hair Cut Doll

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art

I knew this day would come. I knew one day my sweet daughter would sneak a pair of scissors and give herself an experimental haircut. I knew this would happen because I can clearly remember the first experimental haircut I gave myself and my neighbor who lost her bangs that day. Thank goodness for me the sweet golden brown locks I found on the floor were just a few snips off the ends. Apparently, my daughter is just as attached to her hair as I am and could not bare to lose too much.

In hopes of preventing my children and their dolls from losing anymore hair in the future I wanted to make a hair cutting doll that they could cut and style as much as they pleased. After all, I am all for experimenting and following your creative instinct, but sometimes I would prefer the canvas to not be themselves.

Materials for Hair Cut Doll:

  • paper towel roll (cut in half for two dolls)
  • hole punch
  • yarn (thicker is better)
  • markers
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • scrapbook paper
  • kids safe scissors


1. Punch holes on the top of one half of the roll. Basically everywhere you would want hair.

2. Cut the yarn into 8″-12″ pieces. Thread each piece through two holes and tie in a knot.

3. Once you have a good amount of hair your child can finish off the doll by adding the face details and clothing.

We set up a little salon after our dolls were finished. Emma was in complete bliss at this point. “Really? Cut it? For real? ” is what I heard repeatedly for the first few minutes.  I hope that she gets her fix of hair cuts out on this doll and stays away from her own head, but most likely I will find more golden strands on the floor one day and that will be okay too.

For more inspiring crafts from Melissa, head on over to Green Owl Art.


, ,

7 Responses to Hair Cut Doll

  1. Arianna May 16, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    I totally remember cutting my bangs and thinking my mother wouldn’t notice. I distinctly remember hiding behind the refridgerator door before I had the courage to come out and reveal the new do, pretending as if nothing happened. 🙂
    This is such a creative and cute idea. Thank you.

  2. Kara May 16, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    seriously awesome for scissor practice!

  3. Cheltz May 16, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    This is such a good idea! Sure beats cutting the hair off all your dolls :).

  4. Terri May 20, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    This is such a great idea! I know my daughter would love it and I know my mom would have appreciated it when I was going through a phase of cutting off all of my Barbie’s hair! 😀

  5. Mud Hut Mama May 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    This is so cute. I can’t wait to make these for my girls.

  6. Beth May 25, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    Oh- I’m making this up today! I might take them into preschool for my little friends there next fall- they would love it.

  7. Sarah March 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I don’t remember cutting my own hair, it I do remember my youngest sister cutting hers. She managed to make it unnoticeable by cutting from the bottom layer in the back, and she might have gotten away with it if she hadn’t hidden the hair in the laundry hamper..l

Leave a Reply