January 12, 2022

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How To Make A Doll-Sized Jump Rope!

 

We can’t believe it’s a new year already! With a new year, comes new goals. For many, it's time to make fitness a priority and we'd love to get our dolls in on that action too! Fitness should be fun, right? One way to exercise and play at the same time is by jumping rope! It’s fun to do by yourself or with a group. So join along in this tutorial with us and make your doll a jump rope that can look like it’s really in action! We’ve included instructions for adding wire to the jump rope, for those of you who enjoy photographing your dolls and setting scenes. For younger children, just leave out the wire to make it safe for their age. 

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Supplies Needed:

  • 2-3 colors of cardstock, 3 sheets total
  • Craft glue 
  • 20 gauge jewelry wire 
  • Wire cutters
  • Twine or string about 1/8 inch thick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • 6 inches of 1/4 inch wide elastic 
  • 3/16 inch thick dowel or other thin, round object the same diameter
  • Paper cutter (optional)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • A long thin tool - I’m using an elastic bodkin, but you could use a knitting needle or maybe a chopstick!




Let's Get Started!

 

Step 1: Cut a piece of twine 31 inches long and two pieces of wire 31 inches long each. Cut your elastic into two 3 inch pieces. Set all these aside. Cut two strips of card stock from the color you want the handles to be, 2 inches wide by the length of the paper, which should be 11 inches.

Step 2: Using your 3/16 inch dowel and starting my with a short end, roll your cardstock up tightly around the dowel.

Continue until you get to the end of the paper, and use your craft glue to glue the end down. You could do this with hot glue if you prefer, but it may be difficult to get a smooth result (and you may burn your fingers!). We chose to use craft glue, and took our time to hold the cardstock in place for a moment and make sure it stuck well. Slide off of the dowel. Repeat for the second strip of cardstock. You’ve made two thick paper “beads”.



Step 3: Apply some hot glue to the inside of the paper bead, and stick about half an inch of one of your pieces of elastic down into it. You may want to use your long thin tool to hold the elastic in place while the glue cools. Make sure it is glued to one inside “wall” of the bead.



Step 4: Now wrap the elastic down the side of the bead, and hot glue the first 3/8 to half inch down.

Stretch the elastic slightly and lay it down the rest of the way over the side of the bead, applying hot glue to the only to the bottom 3/8 to half inch again. Make sure you hold this in place really well so it is very secure while the glue cools.



Step 5: Now apply more hot glue to the bottom inside of the bead, and use your tool again to tuck the elastic in and hold to the inside wall while it cools.



You should now have an elastic handle that will be used to help your doll hold the jump rope!

Repeat steps 2-6 to make a second handle and set aside.

 

Step 6: Now take your twine and two pieces of wire and grasp the end of them 1.5 inches away from the ends.

Apply hot glue to the inside of your handle again, and push the twine and wires down into it up to your fingers. Add more glue as necessary; you want a good strong hold! After this, set aside the handle with wires and twine attached.

 

Step 7:  Now we are going to make the little beads that our jump rope will be strung with! Use your remaining two colors of cardstock and make 1 inch wide by 8.5 inch long strips. Then cut each of these in half so the measure approximately 1 inch by 4.25 inches each - it does not have to be exact.

Our jump rope only ended up needing 27 beads, so you only need to make 28 or 30 of these, so you will have a few extra in case you mess up on any of them.

 

 

Step 8:  Using the dowel again, roll up and glue each strip of paper into a bead, until you have 27-30 beads. This may take a little while, so turn on a favorite tv show or listen to some music!

Step 9:  Once you have all your beads made, string them onto your twine and wires, alternating colors, and leaving 1.5 - 2 inches of twine and wires exposed.

 

 

Step 10: Once you are done, apply hot glue to the inside end of the handle that is not attached to the twine and wires yet, and push the twine and wires into it. Make sure to leave a little space that is not pushed in so your beads can move around a bit. You do not want them all tightly touching each other.

And that’s it! Once your hot glue has cooled and is set, your doll can jump rope! Stretch the elastic open and put her fingers into the opening on the handles, and gently bend the wire into a nice curved shape. You may need to bend it up at the spots where the wires join the handles. Isn’t that cute?! Now your dolls can enjoy recess like a real person! 

 

 

 

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You can also share pictures in the aleksandrajones Inspritation Gallery right here on the website, either use the #pixiefaire when posting on IG, or just click the little + box to upload your picture right here on the website!

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100 Comments

Kathy
Kathy

July 20, 2022

I remember many a day and hour I did jump rope.

Cristy Estep
Cristy Estep

July 20, 2022

My favorite playground activity was playing Double Dutch jump rope and the second best thing was the swings!

cheryl
cheryl

July 20, 2022

My favorite playground activity was recess.

Laura
Laura

January 18, 2022

My favorite playground activity was the monkey bars. Climbing, swinging, and just having fun.

Lana
Lana

January 16, 2022

My favorite playground activity was pretending I was a beautiful palomino and running with the wind.

Brenda
Brenda

January 16, 2022

My favorite playground activities were dare base and 4 square.

Brenda
Brenda

January 16, 2022

My favorite playground activities were dare base and 4 square.

Kelli Connors
Kelli Connors

January 15, 2022

My favorite playground activities were jumping rope (single & double dutch), swings, monkey bars and the slide (the one that looked 20 feet high to a child).

MaryHope
MaryHope

January 15, 2022

I loved swinging!! I still love swinging but my bottom is a bit large these days!!! The jump rope is adorable…I plan on making it with my grand daughter when she comes to visit in March. We’ll take pictures!

Suzan
Suzan

January 15, 2022

My all time favourite was 4 square :-)

Suzan
Suzan

January 15, 2022

My all time favourite was 4 square :-)

Linda Turner
Linda Turner

January 15, 2022

My favorite playground activity was swinging! I also loved laying on the slide! Such fun and exciting memories as a kid! Such a long, long time ago……

Sharon
Sharon

January 14, 2022

I loved jump rope, 4 square, and tetherball

Kim L.
Kim L.

January 14, 2022

I loved the monkey bars, and also the swings.

Jo
Jo

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was playing on the swing, the slide, and in the sandbox.

Angel
Angel

January 14, 2022

First time entering. The jump rope is so cute. I remember those from my school years.

Karen H
Karen H

January 14, 2022

Jacks,Hula Hoop, Tether Ball & Monkey bars at recess we sometimes played soft ball as a class.

Jayne
Jayne

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was jumping rope using a long rope with a turner on each end.

Susan Jo Petersen
Susan Jo Petersen

January 14, 2022

I loved playing tetherball.

Yvonne
Yvonne

January 14, 2022

My Favorite Playground Activity is/was swings and monkey bars.

Marie
Marie

January 14, 2022

Playing horses, jump rope and swinging!

Marie
Marie

January 14, 2022

I use glossy sheets of paper to cut very long triangle shapes for beads for jewelry. When I am done rolling them I coat them with clear nail polish. Then I string them. I took very small skinny triangles and made a doll braclet using stretchy cord..Almost anything can be used for beads. I’m diabetic and used the needle covers for beads by poking a hole thru one end. They were in different colors pink purple and green! Beading is fun even for a jump rope! People making a pool for their dolls could take a string of rectangle beads and go around the pool top or make lanes for swimming laps! Many ideas can be used!

Diane
Diane

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was playing Red Rover.

Debra
Debra

January 14, 2022

I would have to say my favorite playgorund activity was the swings – including the “jump off” contest with friends. Its amazing none of us ever got hurt! Thanks for the opportunity!

Leslie
Leslie

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was probably swinging. But I enjoyed hopscotch, tag, monkey bars, and jumprope immensely as well.

J.
J.

January 14, 2022

My favorite was Double Dutch.

Sandra L.
Sandra L.

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was dodge ball or double dutch (jumping rope). I also loved Chinese jump rope with lots of elastic bands.

Pat
Pat

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was teether ball.

Donna Sherry
Donna Sherry

January 14, 2022

My favourite playground activity was swinging as high as I could

Pam H
Pam H

January 14, 2022

What was your favorite playground activity? I really like playing teether ball.

Cristy Estep
Cristy Estep

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was Double Dutch jump rope! Guess I’m going to have to make two…:)

Cristy Estep
Cristy Estep

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was Double Dutch jump rope! Guess I’m going to have to make two…:)

Mary Hughes
Mary Hughes

January 14, 2022

Jacks,jacks,jacks!! Then jump rope.

Lisa
Lisa

January 14, 2022

Still love the swings and slides.

Kristen
Kristen

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was hopscotch, closely followed by traditional and “Chinese” jump rope.

Dottie
Dottie

January 14, 2022

Swings were my favorite, but jumping rope was high on the list too!

Jacquie Corrigan
Jacquie Corrigan

January 14, 2022

My favourite activity was marbles! We used to play on the way to school and on the way home too!

Peggy Crabill
Peggy Crabill

January 14, 2022

I loved jumping rope with my old schoolmates. Hopscotch, jumping rope, dodge ball, four square…recess was the best time! I miss those innocent, carefree days of my youth.

June
June

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was swinging and I still love to do that today. When the weather is nice you’ll find me on my back porch with a good book “just a swingin”

Rachel
Rachel

January 14, 2022

Swings!

Patti
Patti

January 14, 2022

I loved the merry go round the best. It was like flying.

Teresa
Teresa

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity is/was swinging.

Cynthia C
Cynthia C

January 14, 2022

We loved to play four-square at recess when I was in school.

Rebecca
Rebecca

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was jump roping. In fact in 6th, I won a speed jumping contest!

Michele
Michele

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activities were jumping rope and playing dodge ball!

Maureen Fry
Maureen Fry

January 14, 2022

My favorite was the monkey bars!

Linda A C
Linda A C

January 14, 2022

Swings were always my favorite.

Doreen
Doreen

January 14, 2022

That is such a cute idea.
Thank you,
Doreen

Dolores
Dolores

January 14, 2022

We didn’t have any “toys” on our playground—my faborite activity was jump rope—we did double dutch with the two ropes.

MARNIE
MARNIE

January 14, 2022

My favorite activity was in May and the school would have a Maypole set up. A tradition I think long gone now.

Diane
Diane

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was the teeter-totter. My friend and I were similar in size, so we easily balanced, as we discussed the events of our little worlds. The swings were a lose second; it was exhilarating to reach the highest levels with ones own efforts. Fond memories.

Nancy
Nancy

January 14, 2022

My favorite recess activity was kickball, which we played almost everyday. I also played basketball and two-hand touch football when we did not play kickball.

Jeanne
Jeanne

January 14, 2022

Swinging and sliding was my favorite.

Sandra
Sandra

January 14, 2022

My favorite thing was the swings. Still is !

Patty
Patty

January 14, 2022

My favorite thing to do on the playground was the monkey bars!

Linda LaBarre
Linda LaBarre

January 14, 2022

My favorite activities were jump rope and four square.

Rene'
Rene'

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was climbing the tallest towers!

Phyllis M.
Phyllis M.

January 14, 2022

My favorite playground activity was rocking on the rocking animals. Horses, frogs, lambs. I could rock for hours. Was so much fun.

Candace
Candace

January 13, 2022

There were lots of things to play with & it depended on who you were with determined what you did. Lots of kids, hide n seek, red rover or tag were big hits, Swings, the big metal slide & merry go rounds were best with a few good friends.

Maria L
Maria L

January 13, 2022

My Favorite Playground Activity is/was the swing and slider

S
S

January 13, 2022

I’ve always liked swings!! Lately most playground don’t have swings. At least where I live. Thanks for the giveaway!

candy
candy

January 13, 2022

the slide and swing

Linda D
Linda D

January 13, 2022

The merry-go-round, I could go forever without getting dizzy!

Linda D
Linda D

January 13, 2022

The merry-go-round, I could go forever without getting dizzy!

Shirley
Shirley

January 13, 2022

I don’t know that I really had a favorite. We played jacks, hopscotch, on the swings, slides. We had a small softball “field” in one corner of the playground. Sometimes we chose sides and sometimes it was boys against the girls. We just had a lot of fun playing.

sheila
sheila

January 13, 2022

My favorite activity on playground was the swings

Pauline
Pauline

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground activity was jump rope and Chinese jump rope which was played with elastic rope.

But mostly, I was the kid with her nose on a book.

Dorothy
Dorothy

January 13, 2022

We liked to run around pretending we were wild horses.

Kathy
Kathy

January 13, 2022

MY FAVORITE PLAYGROUND ACTIVITY WAS THE SWINGS

Jennifer Pellegrin
Jennifer Pellegrin

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground activities were hopscotch, jump rope, and marbles.

Barb
Barb

January 13, 2022

My Favorite Playground Activity is/was Chinese jump rope. You had 1 big round rope that you put around 2 peoples ankles and they would spread out and you would jump in and out and do different tricks. So much fun!

Dawn
Dawn

January 13, 2022

I loved jumping rope and all the rhymes that went with.

Donna B
Donna B

January 13, 2022

My favorite activity was swinging. I could pretend I was flying and forget everything else. My brother and I would jump out of the swing, which was thrilling and daring.

linda
linda

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground activity was the bars that you could twirl on and by sitting on the bar you could do like a back flip to dismount.

Lauralyn
Lauralyn

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground fun was the greenbox summer craft activity. Our city provided craft activities for six weeks each summer. I got to try many different art and craft projects that I might never had the opportunity to experience.

Callie
Callie

January 13, 2022

My favorite activity on the playground was the swing. I would try to go as high as I could.

Lynne Govers
Lynne Govers

January 13, 2022

Tether ball. A ball was tethered to a tall pole. Two opposing players bat the ball trying to make it go all the way around the pole. You have to be quick, the ball really whizzes.

Sharon 1220 IN
Sharon 1220 IN

January 13, 2022

I love the jump rope idea, especially that way for the doll to hold it. My favorite playground activity was the slide, until I fell off the top of one. Then I stuck to the swings and the merry-go-round.

Gail
Gail

January 13, 2022

We would jump rope, play on the monkey bars, or run around and play tag on the playground.

Fran
Fran

January 13, 2022

My favorite play ground thing was the Hool-a-hop

Holly
Holly

January 13, 2022

My favorite was jump rope, tether-ball or four square!

Etta "Lorrie" Hart
Etta "Lorrie" Hart

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground activity was “turning bars” – the boards were removed from the teeter-totter (by the school) so we would flip over the bar. My Mom couldn’t figure out why my hair was so dirty (it was long and drug in the dirt when I turned bars.) When she found out she forbade me from doing it.

Kathy
Kathy

January 13, 2022

I enjoyed all of the playground equipment, except the ones that spun around until you felt like throwing up!

Denise Darby
Denise Darby

January 13, 2022

Climbing the monkey bars was my favorite.

Joanne
Joanne

January 13, 2022

My favorite is the swings! Even at almost 70 yrs old, my husband has made me a wonderful tree swing!

Jackie
Jackie

January 13, 2022

Climbing on the monkey bars.

Susi
Susi

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground activity was tetherball! I likes that the ball was on a cord.

Cindy Holthaus
Cindy Holthaus

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground activity was the swings. Pumping my legs to make it go higher was so much fun. Would love to be able to do that again.

Heather D Hansen
Heather D Hansen

January 13, 2022

I loved to swing.

Gramma Ginger
Gramma Ginger

January 13, 2022

In 1st and 2nd grades in California, we all played hopscotch. In later grades in Delaware, we stayed inside for recess ( too much snow) so jacks were really the thing.

Barb
Barb

January 13, 2022

Swings, monkey bars, and merry-go-round were my favorites. I ran to the whichever was available!

Milica
Milica

January 13, 2022

my favorite playground activity was see-saw.

Jean
Jean

January 13, 2022

I loved jump rope and Hula Hoop. All the neighbor girls we jump rope together. I was pretty good with a hula hoop if I do say so myself. :)

Pamela
Pamela

January 13, 2022

I loved to swing and my grand kids now love it.

Carol
Carol

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground activity was swinging. I still have a swing in my backyard all these years later!

Bridgette
Bridgette

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground equipment was probably swings and merry go round!

Anne C-E
Anne C-E

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground activity was swinging on the swing set.

Andrea
Andrea

January 13, 2022

My favorite was swinging and going down the slides.

Cheryl G
Cheryl G

January 13, 2022

My favorite playground activity was the Monkey Bars.

Bev
Bev

January 13, 2022

My favorite activity was visiting with friends and playing volleyball when it was set up

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