DIY

Turn Old Dolls Into Beautiful Garden Decorations

by Elissa Salamy
Elissa is a writer from Philadelphia, currently studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina! She likes foreign movies with subtitles, fancy soap, loose leaf tea and punk rock.

Of my many hobbies, gardening has to be my all-time favorite. Inspired by my love for the book The Secret Garden, I truly enjoy turning my yard into a magical retreat.

As a kid, I always loved the idea of having my own little piece of earth, full of flowers and butterflies and maybe even an interesting little herb garden, with mystery and secrets and intrigue behind every petal.

A garden is the perfect place for a little magic and mystery — and that’s why I’m definitely putting this DIY project on the to-do list!

To create beautiful garden planters, this DIYer used old doll heads she found at yard sales. The result is an eye-catching look that’s sure to set her yard apart!

Scroll through to see how easy it is to do yourself and her gorgeous end result. Don’t these planters look like charming little garden nymphs?

Let us know what you think of this garden DIY project, and please SHARE!

She started off with these doll heads she bought from yard sales.

She started off with these doll heads she bought from yard sales.

She then used scissors and pliers to remove the top of the heads and the hair. She found it's easier to remove the hair from cheaper, off-brand dolls.

She then used scissors and pliers to remove the top of the heads and the hair. She found it's easier to remove the hair from cheaper, off-brand dolls.

She was then able to start with a blank canvas!

She was then able to start with a blank canvas!

The first coat she used was a dark forest green.

The first coat she used was a dark forest green.

Next, she stippled on a coat of light green paint.

Next, she stippled on a coat of light green paint.

Then she used a light blue paint. By stippling, she was able to add interesting texture to the dolls.

Then she used a light blue paint. By stippling, she was able to add interesting texture to the dolls.

The painting was so easy, her two daughters were able to join in and help!

The painting was so easy, her two daughters were able to join in and help!

She let the paint fully dry before moving to the next step.

She let the paint fully dry before moving to the next step.

For the final coat of paint, she used a metallic bronze color. Gold or copper paints would also look good!

For the final coat of paint, she used a metallic bronze color. Gold or copper paints would also look good!

In the opening on top of the doll's head, she planted ferns and decorative greenery.

In the opening on top of the doll's head, she planted ferns and decorative greenery.

The succulents on this doll are gorgeous!

The succulents on this doll are gorgeous!

After three years living in the garden, she really blends in with the nature.

After three years living in the garden, she really blends in with the nature.

She's been able to withstand all elements and gets prettier by the year as more and more flowers grow around her.

She's been able to withstand all elements and gets prettier by the year as more and more flowers grow around her.

Before and after: What an amazing transformation!

Before and after: What an amazing transformation!

Would you put something like this in your garden, or do you prefer more traditional planters?

Let us know in the comments below, and please SHARE if you love creative gardens!