This is our new St. Patrick TY doll.
Check out our introduction to the TY Saints dolls at this
Equipping Catholic Families post.
These are the before and after makeover pictures.
I took creative license and chose a doll with red hair for the irish St. Patrick, even though all the pictures I have of St. Patrick show an old bishop with gray hair. I choose to believe that he was a redhead. I gave the doll a significant haircut and transplanted some of the hair for the beard and moustache. This will be a big relief to my four year old who couldn’t understand how I could pretend that a girl doll could be St. Patrick.
I made a simple white alb or robe to cover the groovy clothes, long enough to hide the red sneakers.
I made a chasuble out of green felt and added the green plaid, because I couldn’t resist. I made a matching bishop’s mitre out of green felt and added the gold and green ribbon to the mitre and the alb sleeves. I found the shamrocks at the dollar store, both for the vestment and for his hand, to show how he used it to explain the Trinity.
The gold staff or crozier is made from a wire plate holder from the dollar store, but you could use a carefully cut clothes hanger or pipe cleaner or cut one out of cereal box cardboard (and paint it gold). The little cross is from the Michaels craft store, I think…unless I found it at a dollar store as well! I can’t remember…I bought them a long time ago!
The whole TY doll makeover is kind of a labor intensive craft, but I look forward to pulling him out for St. Patrick’s day year after year and adding him to the collection of TY saints that we are starting to build!
Stay tuned for upcoming showcases of our other favorite TY saints….many made by my friend Lucia !
Smidge playing with the Saints dolls.