The basic instructions for making a reborn doll include dyeing or painting a vinyl doll, rooting and styling new hair, painting or blushing the doll's features, and adding details such as eyelashes, umbilical cords and pacifiers. Other possible steps include replacing the doll's eyes and adding weight to make the doll feel more realistic. Reborn dolls are customized to resemble living infants. These dolls often include details such as delicately painted veins and individually rooted eyelashes.
To begin, remove all existing paint from the doll and wash and dry the doll. If desired, change the skin color using dye or paint. Painting the inside of the doll with acrylic paint adds a hint of color to the exterior of the vinyl. Use diluted paint, pastels or cosmetics to blush the lips and cheeks. Replace the eyes with more realistic glass eyes, and glue or root new eyelashes in place. Add hair by gluing on a wig or using a rooting tool to add strands of mohair to the scalp. Weight the limbs with sand or plastic pellets, and reassemble and dress the finished doll.
As of 2015, websites such as PrillyCharmin.com offer detailed tutorials for making reborn dolls. Creating a reborn doll requires a number of supplies, including the existing doll, paint or dye, materials to weight the limbs and base of the doll, paintbrushes, and glue. Some reborn doll artists retain the vinyl body of the original doll, while others replace it with a weighted cloth body to make the finished piece feel more realistic.