Good Morning Lovelies!!

Can you believe how quickly this year has gone by? Halloween is right around the corner, you know what that means? Costumes and Candy!! WOHOOO!!! If you have an indecisive 3 year old like I do, here’s a super quick and easy Halloween Costume DIY Tutorial that works for everyone no matter what you (they) decide to be! I’ve seen wind up dolls, animals and even cars, you really can be a WIND UP anything! haha!

So here’s what you’ll need:


  • Glue Gun
  • CardBoard
  • Scissors
  • Bottle Cap/Cover
  • Cardboard roll (a paper towel one can work too!)
  • Sharpie/Marker/Pen/Pencil
  • 1/8 in” Braided Elastic
  • X-Acto knife
  • Spray Paint / Regular Paint
  • Sealant Spray Paint (optional)
  • KEY PIN PDF TEMPLATE (click to download)

STEP 1: Print the key pin template. (You can determine how big or small you want it to be in your printer settings) Then cut the key pin template from the paper and trace with marker unto the cardboard and cut that out. Use the X-acto knife to cut out the small circles (they can be tricky). You should have a pin shaped cardboard cut out.


STEP 2: With the X-acto knife, make a small slit thru the middle of top of the cardboard roll, as far down as the end of the key pin is. You will slide the key pin into this slit.


So it should look something like this:


STEP 3: Spray Paint (or regular paint) the key pin cardboard shape and cardboard roll.


Once it’s dry and assembled, it should look like this:


STEP 4: With the hot glue gun, glue the bottom of the cardboard roll to the inside of the bottle cover.


STEP 5:  Cut a small rectangular piece of cardboard, small enough to fit comfortably on the back and between shoulder blades of a person. Then poke holes on each corner of the rectangle, small enough for the elastic to pass through.


STEP 6: Pass one end the elastic through the top holes and tie knots. (Length of the elastic depends on the person it is being made for). Pass the other end of the elastic through the bottom holes BUT DO NOT TIE KNOTS.  Then, with the hot glue gun, glue the key pin to the middle of the cardboard piece.


STEP 7: Slip the cardboard piece on your victim …I mean DOLL (lol) just as if you are putting on a backpack and adjust the straps by pulling from the bottom and tie once you’ve found a comfortable place. Normally she would be wearing an undershirt here, but it was a record high today in California, so she wasn’t having it! lol


STEP 8: Put some clothes on!! haha – PREFERABLE CLOTHES THAT HAVE OPENINGS OR CLOSURES IN THE BACK, otherwise you’d have to make a hole.


I actually made this dress for halloween for her LAST year and never got a chance to blog about it – I only shared it on social media. Look how little she was there!  Luckily the dress still fits so it finally gets to be blogged.


AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!! A WIND UP DOLL!! Super cute and easy right?


As we were taking pictures she sat down and said, that she needed to pretend to be asleep, and then when I wind her up she’d wake up! So she threw out some poses! lol haha – such a character I tell you!




She was okay for about 15 minutes and then she threw everything off! haha…I can’t blame the girl, it was ridiculously hot today. She really only agreed to do it because I agreed to let her wear a little bit of makeup since she kept insisting that the dolls did….lol

Anywho, that’s it for today guys! I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and if you decide to make some wind up pins be sure to tag me, I’d love to see them! Have a wonderful rest of the week! Talk to you soon!! 😉 xoxo


12 thoughts on “EASY HALLOWEEN COSTUME DIY TUTORIAL: How to make a Wind Up Doll (plus PDF Template)

  1. This is fantastically creative, Can! Thanks for sharing it! You must be so happy with how this key turned out – it looks really secure in there. And, of course, it’s the perfect costume for a real-life doll! What a lovely child! Don’t think she needs any winding up, though…ha ha! Hope trick or treat goes well! Thanks for giving us an early treat…:)!

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