There was a time when every little girl knew how to make a hollyhock doll. I remember making them and holding hollyhock doll dancing parties in my backyard. I especially love the turbans they wear. When I took Little Frida on her walk, I noticed the hollyhocks were in bloom, so I snapped off some blossoms to make dolls. The finished dolly is only three inches tall and only lasts for the day you make it. (Side note; in the old days, country folks would plant hollyhocks on the side of their outhouses. That way, when ladies came to visit in the summer time, they wouldn't have to ask the mortifying question "Where is your privy?")
Materials: One hollyhock blossom about half-way bloomed, one bud with some color just peeking out, some tiny fern-y leaves if you want your dolly to have arms
Equipment: None for a basic model, scissors and tweezers for a fancy doll with arms
Peel away the sepals (I think that's the right word) from the bud.
Using scissors, trim away the green stem. If you were to stick to tradition, you'd pinch this part off with your fingernails.
Slip the bud onto the other blossom. With gentle pressure, it should fit very nicely. If you are making these out in your backyard, your dolly is finished. If you want a fancy doll with arms, continue reading.
Take some tiny, fern-like leaves, maybe an inch and a half long.
Take the scissors and make slits where you want to insert the arms.
Use tweezers to insert the arms.
Make enough to have a party. The one on the right looks like an opera singer. We'll put her in charge of entertainment!