The Daruma doll is a harbinger of luck, associated with Bodhidarma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. In Zen Buddhism, action is a form of meditation. This sect of Buddhism is associated with the tea ceremony, chado, for example, in which the practice of preparing tea for a guest become a reverent, ritualized practice.
Given the many resolutions we has all signed on for, it felt like a good craft for the first days of 2015. Daruma are traditionally rolly-polly papier-mache orbs. Most often, they are candy-apple red, the color of a Buddhist priest’s robe. When purchasing a Daruma, you will find that the eyes are pupil-less. But, once you make the wish, you fill in one eye. Finally, once the wish is fulfilled, both eyes are filled in. Daruma Craft
We found some plastic orbs: old Easter eggs and Kindersurprise containers. A fresh coat of paper affixed with Modge Podge, and we were in business. Along with the traditional red fellow, we made a few unorthodox ones: Hello Kitty, a puppy dog, and Elsa, as favorite friends who might help us have a fortuitous year.
This project was a breeze. Run out and do it now!