St Patrick: TY doll makeover

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.

Later…where I found St. Patrick…
…apparently he can fly!


  1. Wow Monica! you are the best! This is a very creative way to have a saint doll! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Hi Monica~ So glad to find your blog and your creative gift! I’m off to take a look around:-) God Bless you!

  3. Wow! This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to the It’s a Keeper Thursday blog hop! Be sure to come back next week and link something new!

    Christina @ It’s a Keeper

  4. Very cute idea!

    FYI – St. Patrick was really English! He was kidnapped and brought to Ireland. Guessing that might affect his hair color. But we’re all irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

  5. That is adorable! Hey, Patrick had to be young once and who’s to say he wasn’t a red-head? And as far as flying, well…anyone who could drive snakes out of Ireland probably could fly, LOL!

  6. HOw cute is that:) we are studying Ireland and St Paddy’s day right now. Thanks for linking up to the NOBH

  7. I love this idea! How adorable.

  8. Melanie McFadden @ TMD and CGW says:

    How neat is that! I would have never thought of doing something like that. Glad to have found your blog. Thanks for joining my Monday blog hop 🙂

  9. I am following you (suelee1998) from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you please follow me back?
    thank you 🙂

  10. Wow, this is so clever! I’ve wanted to purchase saint dolls for my daughter, but they are so expensive. She will love creating this with me, too. Thank you for sharing!

    I’ll be subscribing to your posts; discovered you through Catholic Icing. You have alot of great ideas!

  11. Ah! This is the cutest thing ever! It’s going to make me look at TY dolls at yard sales with a whole different eye! 🙂

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