D.I.Y. Kokeshi Display

Contributor post by Janis Nicoay of Pinecone Camp


Hi Everyone! Janis here, from Pinecone Camp. Thought I'd share a pretty simple d.i.y. that I did for a li collection of vintage Kokeshi that I've had for years.

I had started out with wanting to display 6 kokeshi, but one had an unfortunate accident. I snapped her head off. Too hard to glue at this time ;) I decided on the sizes of boxes I wanted, and measured out the pieces on a scrap of plywood.




Since I didn't want this to be too labour intensive (my mind starts to wander at a certain point), I just used wood glue to assemble. After gluing, I snapped on some rubber bands to keep it all together while drying.




I cut the fabric to fit the bottom of the box then, using a little spray glue, attached it to a piece of card board. I wanted it to be easy to switch up back drops, if I decide to display something else....like my collection of deer. You can easily pop out the back drop this way.



That's it! I've got a few more to unpack, so I just may add to this wall.

Jan Halvarson

27 comments:

ÖZLEMCE said...

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Carolina Andrade said...

You have solved my dilemma! I have been trying to figure out a way to display my miniature dolls. Thank you so much!

Kaitlyn said...

So cute!

Mary said...

I am so inspired by your blog! Thanks so much.

the southern hostess said...

What a great idea for displaying things! These are darling.

Renee (eatliveshop.com) said...

This is a great idea and it looks adorable! Thanks Janis!

Pinecone Camp said...

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to you add that I found all my cute fabric at Spool of Thread here in Vancouver.
Have a good day!

kate / tinywarbler said...

so cute! i love the tall one.

c and d said...

wow! so cute and simple...just the way i like my diy projects! well done pinecone camp!

worldinapapercup said...

This is just adorable!

Michele said...

This is so cute! I love kokeshi dolls and I have two now, but I love these vintage ones even more! And what a great way to display them!

Jello said...

adorable idea! such a great display... could probably work for my elephant collection! thanks for sharing! love, Jello

mise said...

That's beautiful, and so simple. I'd be tempted to paint the boxes, but perhaps that's going too far.

Pinecone Camp said...

Elephants would be adorable sitting in boxes, Jello.
Mise, paint away. I just like the look of plywood...and I'm also lazy. ;)

Monique said...

Oh my these are super cute. I have little wooden dolls I bought a few years back in Russia this would be a perfect home for them. I'm not so confident in my craft ability as it comes in spurts but I think this one I could manage! Really awesome.

windy chou said...

such a beautiful idea!

I really like the wood and fabrics.

thanks for sharing this!

Ladybeetle said...

How did you fix them to the wall?

Kai said...

You can also go to your local wine store and ask for their wine-shipping boxes. They are usually made out of beautiful wood...That cuts your DIY action in half but is useful if you are crunched for time :)

Pinecone Camp said...

Ladybeetle, I used a stick on "hook" and used a little extra glue to make them stronger. I then added 2 little rubber stick on "dots" to the two bottom corners to make it level. Easy and it works well.
Kai, that's a great idea. I needed specific sizes for this project though.

Custom Logo Design said...

This is a great idea and it looks adorable!

jonahliza said...

what a simple and lovely display.. thanks, so much Janis! i've been in need of a new shelf and this will do it! ive just gotta find my wood glue hiding somewhere.
ps i love the reads and photographs on pinecone camp-not to mention all the yummy recipes i find there. thanks again for all the inspiration <3

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

So cute!
And good idea using elastic bands to hold them while they dry, I'll be remembering that one

♥ Nia said...

This is so great!! Thank you for sharing :)
Could you tell me the measure (thickness) of the wood used?
Thank you!!

Pinecone Camp said...

Nia, I used 1/4 inch plywood. It's what I had, and it worked perfectly!
If you try this project out, let us know. Would love to see it.

lightbluegrey said...

Love this project!

But where did you find the beautiful kokeshi's?

Pinecone Camp said...

lightbluegrey, I'm happy you like this project! As for where I get the kokeshi dolls, I've collected them for a number of years. I've found them on Ebay, vintage shops, garage sales, etc. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

My Mother has a collection of kekeshi dolls, probably 70. What a delightful way to dispay them. Thank you for showing us your beautiful collection.

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