Walnut-Head Granny Doll

Submitted by Douglas Wood March 11th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

Cue the Bernard Herrmann Psycho shrieks! Can’t you just picture this handmade walnut-head granny doll holding a knife and terrorizing Janet Leigh in the shower? This fine specimen of Hillbilly Art is made out of a real walnut, a couple of pipe cleaners for arms, a wad of dirty cotton for hair and a big cork for the base. Its fine craftsmanship and attention to detail are evidenced by a small swatch of the daisy print fabric glued onto the apron that’s tied around her waist.

3 Responses to “Walnut-Head Granny Doll”

  1. Allee Willis

    This thing kills me! Could they have found a more perfect nut for granny’s face?!

    I love all the attention to detail here, my favorite being what you point out above that they repeated the daisy pattern on the little apron. I would kill to see this crafter’s house or, more probably, mobile home, because I have a feeling that the whole place has these little decorative touches.

    LOVE the little tuft of cotton hair. Is that a cotton ball scrunched into shape?

    How tall is Granny?

  2. Douglas Wood

    Yep, I’m sure this was conceived in a mobile home, no doubt. In answer to your questions– she’s 9″ tall and yes, her hair is in fact, a cotton ball scrunched into shape.

    • Allee Willis

      That cotton ball put me over the edge. It’s perfect!! I used to use those little pom-poms you buy at a craft store in a lot of my art. At one point I realized I could save a lot of money if I just used cotton balls as they came in white, yellow, pink and blue. So I stayed up all night one night gluing hundreds of these things into place. They got so completely grungy over time it was crazy. Everytime I went to pull a spec of something out of one it got more and more pulled apart and limp looking. They got so completely polluted over time the thought of someone gluing it onto a walnut and styling it into hair is too good!