Peek over my shoulder for an afternoon experiment making a boudoir styled mixed media doll.

It’s so easy to make a little mixed media doll like this, even if you don’t have scraps of wood.

Use cardboard, fold into boxes, food packaging, paper mache… anything and any size.  This will help build the base.  Or use corrugated cardboard from a packing box and make a flat doll.  It will be much lighter in weight but you can use heavier keys or metal for the legs to weight it down.


Sheer Material for a Mixed Media Doll

Raid your button stash or those embellishments you bought on a whim but never used.  

For the sheer material, I now have an abundance of that since Chaos decided to be a princess one morning and clawed her way through it.

Here is an original prototype I created using different materials and the friendly face of Carol.

I cut up sheet material, used fabric flower trim and buttons on the hat.  

What I learned from this project is you need clamps to hold the wood pieces together and if you’re going to use a glue gun, use good glue sticks and to add some extra strapping on the back of the doll to add more strength where the wood pieces meet.  


mixed media doll named carol

This mixed media doll could so easily have been made using cardboard from a packing box, masonite or even small canvas.  Altering some of the embellishments, you can make this out of cardstock and make it into an interactive greeting card.  

The ideas are endless.

You can also check out the prototype I created by clicking here.

The beauty of this type of making a mixed media doll like this is that there isn’t any right or wrong way.  It’s meant to look quirky so take a look around your home and see what you can use first before buying anything.  I’m pretty sure you’d have enough to make 5 dolls.  


layers of paper and random buttons creates a story

write or dip paint on flowers to give them more Interest

little paper flowers and sheet material adds a feminine look

do you have keys laying around? use them for the legs!

Mixed Media Wood Doll

Here’s What I Used to Make my Mixed Media Doll


  • wood blocks

Paint Palette:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
    • Burnt Umber – AMFA03
    • Ultramarine Blue – DMFA43
    • Transparent Red Iron Oxide – DMFA42
    • Green Gold – DMFA14
    • Transparent White – DMFA39
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre:  Black Shimmer – ML05C

Prep and Mediums

  • Americana Decou-Page Glue, Sealer & Finish – Gloss – DS101

Collage Material

  • DecoArt Decou-Page Paper:  Vintage Silhoutte – DP09


  • Andy Skinner:  Bubbles – Andy09


  • Royal Aqualon
    •  3/4 Glaze – R2700
    • #12 Shader – R2150
  • Royal Moderna
    • 10 & 16 Shader – R4150
  • Clear Choice Stencil Brushes
    • 3/18 White Bristle – 1111
    • 3/8″ White Bristle Dome – 1113

Specialty Items

  • 2 Eyelets
  • Large Clamps
  • Painters Pyramids
  • Twine
  • Buttons, Brads or Large Beads
  • Sea Glass, Metal Keys
  • Sheer Trim, Paper Flowers, Metal Embellishments
  • Thin Cardboard
  • Mini Chipboard Letters (for the name of your doll)
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Vintage Face and Body (Mark Montano)
  • Butterfly Wings (Graphics Fairy has some amazing images)
  • Note:  feel free to substitute and use what you have

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Hot Glue Gun


Ready to Make This?

Mixed Media Doll Named Ava

What did you think?

When I created my original prototype, the ladies in my private Facebook group had some really great ideas, such as using family members for the faces and using personalized dolls as a place setting for a dinner party.   Can you think of your own ideas on what you could use this type of mixed media doll for?  Please share in the comments below.