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How to Make a Durable Doll Stand

This is a simple, pretty stand that will hold any kind of doll.

Prepare a wooden, 6-inch-diameter or 6-inch-square, beveled craft plaque. Stain it, then protect it with a polyurethane finish. Apply two or three coats.

Drill a hole all the way through the plaque the same diameter as the dowel you will use to hold the doll. Place the hole 1 inch from one side, and center it with the other two sides.

Measure the dowel from the tabletop to the waist of the doll.

Cut this length and sand the raw edge smooth.

Sand the entire dowel smooth.

Cut a 1-inch slit from the top of the dowel down.

Measure elastic for the doll's waist. It should be slightly snug but not tight.

Trim this length.

Place a velcro dot with loops on it on one end of the elastic.

Place the velcro hook on the opposite side of the other end of the elastic.

Stitch these dots in place.

Sand the groove in the dowel smooth and slide the elastic into place, centering it so that it is even.

Place wood glue into the hole in the plaque and insert the dowel rod into place. Allow it to dry completely.

Add (or glue) accessories to the stand to match the doll's personality.

Things You'll Need:

  • Polyurethane Finishes
  • Wood Glues
  • 1/4-inch Dowel Rods
  • All-purpose Threads
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Needles
  • Dremel Tools
  • Electric Drill/assorted Bits
  • Handsaws
  • Sandpaper


Do not overuse glue. Too much will weaken the area. Pajama elastic is softer and is wide. Pre-glued velcro dots work better to hold in place while sewing it to the elastic.

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