Happy summer everyone. What a grand time of the year! Families are getting together for outdoor Bar-b-ques and picinics and children are excited with all the activities. I recently posted a recipe for Hollyhock salad dressing and promiced to make an instructable on how to make the Hollyhock doll that I used for a photo prop. Hollyhocks and other edible flowers were very popular during the victorian era. Children made Hollyhock dolls to play with and woman added the flowers to salads and made tea from them. I don't supose they had to worry about chemicals in those days.

When I was a child I was always making dolls and doll clothes because my parents did not have the money to purchase toys for six children except at Christmas and birthdays. We always found a lot of fun things to make to play with. Hollyhock dolls might have been used for food plating but I don't know for sure. I decided to make a few dolls and make some Hollyhock salad using organic Hollyhock flowers to make the salads look beautiful.

This instructable will show you how to make Hollyhock dolls and use them for food plating. Please be safe and make absolutely sure you use edible organic flowers to keep your family and friends safe and healthy. This is an entry for the instructable contest so if you like it; I will be ever so grateful for your vote when the vote button is at the top right cornor. Thanks in advance. Lets make some dolls!

Step 1: This Is What You Will Need

Please note: These dolls need to be made with flowers and herbs that have not been sprayed with chemicals. If using the dolls for a garnish they must be edible to be very safe even if they are just for looks.

Several Hollyhock flowers and buds as well as rosemary sprigs or plant stems.

Carrot, apple, or radish for the stand. You just need a tiny piece you might normally throw away.

Food safe markers in red or pink for the lips and black or blue for the eyes.

Extra long toothpicks or something similar in size. Skewers are too large around and will tear the flower.

A large pin or needle to poke holes in the flowers.

Scissors (not shown).

Thin cotton towels or paper towels or napkins.

A medium size bowl.

A bit of floral wire cut at an angle works wonderfully for piercing the base of the flower to make arm holes ^^
<p>I used to make these when I was little! I've never known anyone else that did. Your's are much prettier of course. :) </p>
Aw thanks! I am sure you had a lot of fun making them. Thanks for sharing and do have a nice evening.<br>sunshiine~
<p>that's pretty cool.... they look cool, and I was unaware that you could eat hollyhock flowers, they grow all over in the aria I'm in at the moment... next year I'm gonna' have to try this.</p>
<p>Oh they are simply lovely! I just love them to bits :-) </p>
<p>Thanks so much shazni, I appreciate your comment. Hope your weekend shines.</p><p>sunshiine</p>
<p>Oh I had never seen this kind of dolls before and I didn't even think it was possible to do such a cute thing with flowers! They are so cute yet elegant :) I love them!!</p>
<p>Thanks Linda, Kids love them and I think they were pretty on a plate. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.</p><p>sunshiine </p>
<p>Hurray! Here they are!</p><p>You did a great job! I love when regular items transform into something completely different by just a few simple steps. It's magic! ;)</p><p>And there is something about these dolls that really touches me. I think they remind me of a childrens book my mother owns, with stories about dwarfs and fairies... I'll have to search for this book on my next visit at home... </p><p>Thank you for this instructable!</p>
Aw thanks so much spunk! She does look like a fairy. I want to try to make a fairy from flower petals when I get the time. Hopefully before my flowers are all gone. My son is making a app for a game and is using her for a character. I wished I had more time to play. <br><br>I hope you find the book! When my daughter was two she had a favorite book called Daisy's wake up book. I have no idea what happened to the book so a few years ago I looked for it and after two years I finally found a used one and gave it to her for her birthday. She loved it! Maybe you can find a copy of the book you mentioned as well. <br>Stay tuned because I think I have another instructable ( Fingers crossed) that is really neat in the freezer! ) I am waiting for the results. Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a happy day.<br>sunshiine
<p>I think chances are good I'll find the book. My mother put all the children stuff in the basement...I just need to find it <em>there</em> (It's a little bit messy down there ;)...!) <br>It's so sweet of you to search for your daughters book! Children's books leave such an impression in the little brains. I still recall some phrases from my favorite book in childhood :) <br>I'm looking forward to your next project and wish you a lovely day!</p>
<p>I am glad she saved her children's stuff. I wished that I had save more than I did. Thanks Spunk!</p><p>sunshiine</p>
Really cute
Thanks for taking a peek and commenting! I hope your day shines!<br><br>sunshiine
this is so cute
Thanks! It was great fun making it for a salad. Thanks for stopping by and do have a super Monday! <br>sunshiine
<p>So cute! :) </p>
<p>Thanks so much for taking a peek! I hope your Monday shines!</p><p>Sunshiine</p>

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