How to Make an Annabelle Doll Decoration for Halloween

Updated on October 16, 2019
How to - Answers profile image

L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She makes prize-winning Halloween decorations and shows you how here.

Evil Doll Decoration Annabelle for Halloween

This is my completed Annabelle doll decoration.
This is my completed Annabelle doll decoration. | Source

How to Make an Annabelle Doll for Halloween

This is the Annabelle doll that I made to go out into my Halloween yard display this year. It is from the horror movie Annabelle wherein a doll is possessed by an evil spirit. It is surprisingly easy to make and is very effective in scaring trick-or-treaters. I'll show you how to make it here with step-by-step instructions accompanied by my own photos.

This is the toy doll I used as the basis for my Annabelle creation.
This is the toy doll I used as the basis for my Annabelle creation. | Source

Materials

  • Suitable doll with long hair
  • Long, white, doll-sized dress
  • Red ribbon: 1/2 inch wide
  • Red ribbon: 1 inch wide
  • White spray paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Red crayon
  • Red thread
  • White thread

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Protective plastic bags
  • Protective sheet
  • Adhesive glue

How to Make an Annabelle Doll for Halloween

I bought the doll in a Goodwill thrift shop for 50 cents. It was not porcelain like the one in the movie but once painted it will have that effect. The doll had ordinary doll's clothes on, so I also bought a long white dress in the same charity shop for €1.

Initial Instructions

  1. Remove the clothes from the doll.
  2. Measure the white dress to fit the doll to look like Annabelle.
  3. Cut out the legs from the white trousers that come with the doll's clothes.
  4. Measure them against the doll so they fit on the arms.
  5. Attach these to the arms by sewing them with white thread.

Use the doll's existing pants to cut out Annabelle's sleeves.
Use the doll's existing pants to cut out Annabelle's sleeves. | Source

How to Make the Dress

  1. Lay it on to a flat surface.
  2. Attach the wider ribbon around the waist by sewing it with red thread.
  3. About halfway down the dress, sew in the words MISS ME? using red thread.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
This is the white dress I modified for my Annabelle decoration. Add red ribbon around the waist. In the movies, the doll leaves messages that read "MISS ME?" in red crayon at the victims' homes.
This is the white dress I modified for my Annabelle decoration.
This is the white dress I modified for my Annabelle decoration. | Source
Add red ribbon around the waist.
Add red ribbon around the waist. | Source
In the movies, the doll leaves messages that read "MISS ME?" in red crayon at the victims' homes.
In the movies, the doll leaves messages that read "MISS ME?" in red crayon at the victims' homes. | Source

How to Make Annabelle's Face

  1. Take a plastic bag and cover the doll's head and hair to protect it from the paint.
  2. Do the same under the doll's chest.
  3. Put some tape over the doll's eyes.
  4. Lay the doll onto a protective sheet.
  5. Spraypaint the face with white paint.
  6. Paint the eyebrows and around the eyes with black acrylic paint.
  7. Paint the lips and cheeks with red acrylic paint.
  8. Leave to dry.
  9. Add a red crayon to the doll's right hand with glue.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Here I paint the doll's head white after covering its eyes with tape. Add red to make your doll resemble the one from the movies.
Here I paint the doll's head white after covering its eyes with tape.
Here I paint the doll's head white after covering its eyes with tape. | Source
Add red to make your doll resemble the one from the movies.
Add red to make your doll resemble the one from the movies. | Source

How to Put the Annabelle Doll Together

  1. Remove the plastic bags from the doll.
  2. Make sure the paint is completely dry.
  3. The painted face will now have a cracked look which is the effect you are looking for.
  4. Comb and plait the hair and add the ribbons.
  5. Put the dress on the doll.

Displaying The Annabelle Doll for Halloween

I intend to put Annabelle sitting on a wooden chair that I made last year with a skeleton beside it. You can use her in different scary ways for your Halloween display too.

Annabelle Says 'MISS ME?'

In the movies Annabelle scares and attacks the people in the house where she is. They eventually manage to get rid of the doll by dumping it somewhere secure where it cannot get out. They and the audience think they have won and are safe. But there is lots of knocking and banging which is always accompanied by a note written in red crayon. It reads 'Miss Me?' After a few of these the doll then reappears to attack again.

My DIY Halloween Projects

Other projects I have made so far over the years are a scary wreath with snakes, a coffin for my skeleton, a Georgie skeleton and boat and a blood-soaked skull on a frame. My favorite piece so far is 'The Walking Dead' locked door.

Evil Spirit Doll for Halloween
Evil Spirit Doll for Halloween | Source

Trailor for the Horror Movie Annabelle Comes Home

Do You Celebrate Halloween?

See results

10 Halloween DIY Projects

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, holidappy.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://holidappy.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)