Voodoo dolls, or poppets have been used in many cultures for healing, fertility, protection and cursing.
The doll is meant to represent the recipient of the spell or healing, so often it contains body bits like nail clippings, hair, bodily fluids, even the photo of the person.
Certain herbs and charms are applied to the doll in order to affect the change. Voodoo dolls are rarely destroyed, rather they are either kept in a very safe place ( especially in the case of protection and healing), and then buried.
So what better way to honour someone you care about this festive season/Yuletide/Christmas/Summer festivities, than make them a protective poppet, that they can carry with them or keep in a safe place, or even as decoration.
Yesterday my mom and I went material shopping and I picked up some felt, cotton string, and buttons to make voodoo dolls for me, My boyfriend and my mother. I picked out four shades of felt, black, bright green, bright pink and a lovely sapphire-like blue (I’ll get more as soon as I get some money)
They are rather simple to make:
- Find a pattern for a gingerbread man/poppet
- Cut it out
- Lay pattern over 2 layers of felt
- Cut out felt
- On top layer of felt, sew eyes, mouth and scars, you can get really creative and use all sorts of things like buttons, ribbons, pins, badges, etc.
- Once you are satisfied with the front/top layer, sew it to the bottom layer.
- Before closing up the bottom and top, stuff the doll with cotton stuffing and/or herbs of your choice.
- If you’re a witch feel free to bless the voodoo dolls in a spell for love and protection.
Here are the end products of the three I made:
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